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Glenfiddich Distillery

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Glenfiddich is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky produced by William Grant & Sons in the Scottish burgh of Dufftown in Moray. The name Glenfiddich derives from the Scottish Gaelic Gleann Fhiodhaich meaning “valley of the deer”, which is reflected in Glenfiddich’s stag logo.

The first impression of Glenfiddich is that of its scale. This 35 hectare site contains a cooperage, coppersmith, bottling lines, a vast warehousing complex and two stillhouses containing 32 stills

Glenfiddich owns the title as the best selling Single Malt Scotch Whisky. In addition to the varieties of wood finishes and cask strength editions, the core range of different ages of bottlings are comprised of a 12 year old, 15 year old, 18 year old, and 21 year old.

 

  • Owner

    William Grant & Sons

  • Status

    Operational

  • Country

    Scotland

  • Region

    Speyside

  • Production type:

    Single Malt
    Blends

  • Founded

    1886

  • Production yearly

    13.000.000 Liters

History

The story of the building of Glenfiddich has the air of a Victorian fairy tale. It was in 1886 that William Grant of Dufftown decided to leave his position as manager of Mortlach and start up on his own. He had saved assiduously and, fortuitously, was starting his project just as Elizabeth Cumming was revamping Cardhu and replacing her old small stills. Along with his wife and nine children, William built his distillery near to the Fiddich river by hand. The first new make trickled out on Christmas Day, 1887. At a time when more distilleries had foundered than succeeded, and those which were being built tended to be bankrolled by brokers, bonders and blenders, his enterprise and stubborn belief was remarkable.

He must have been a talented distiller, for his whole output was soon snapped up by Aberdeen blender and broker William Williams. Within 25 years, the family firm had 63 agencies internationally, proving them with their family blend, ‘Grant’s Standfast’.

The firm is still wholly owned by the Grant family (now in its fifth generation), and has expanded to include three more malt distilleries [Balvenie, Kininvie and Ailsa Bay], a grain plant [Girvan] and other brands such as Monkey Shoulder and Hendrick’s gin.

In 1963, after a dispute over grain supply (which prompted the firm to build the Girvan plant) the decision was made to bottle and promote Glenfiddich as a single malt, the first concerted effort to create a global malt brand. In the late 1960s it was one of the first to be sold in new duty free outlets and in 1969 the distillery’s doors were opened to the public – another first.

Today, Glenfiddich remains the world’s best-selling single malt with sales in excess of a million cases a year.

Timeline of Glenfiddich

“Today, Glenfiddich remains the world’s best-selling single malt with sales in excess of a million cases a year.”
Glenfiddich distillery

Distillery Facts

Taste profile

Medium bodied

Medium in citrus, spices, vanilla, floral and fruity notes

Core range 

At this point Glenfiddich core range is: 

  • 12 year old
  • 14 year old
  • 15 year old
  • 18 year old

Bottels Archive

All the bottles released by Glenfiddich sorted by year.

Started from the beginning until present. 

Check it out by clicking below 

Snow Phoenix

 

Experimental Series

  • Project XX
  • IPA Experiment
  • Winter Storm
  • Fire & Cane
  • Orchard Experiment

Grand series

  • Gran Reserva 21 year old 
  • Grand Cru 23 year old 
  • Grande Couronne 26 year old 

Rare & Vintage

  • 26 year old Excellence
  • 30 year old 
  • 40 year old
  • 50 year old
  • Vintage Reserve 1974
  • 55 year old Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve

Time Reimagined

  • 30 year old
  • 40 year old
  • 50 year old

Travel Exclusive

  • Perpetual Collection Vat 01
  • Perpetual Collection Vat 02
  • Perpetual Collection Vat 03
  • Perpetual Collection Vat 04

Historic Releases

  • Madeira Cask
  • Bourbon Cask
  • Red Wine Cask
  • The Original 
  • Distillery Edition 

Special Edition

  • Malt Master’s Edition 

Distillery Tours

A taste of what it takes to make a Glenfiddich whisky.

Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned and is now the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, a true reflection of our founder’s innovative nature, passed down through the generations.

Learn about our family of maverick whisky makers, the history of Glenfiddich and the whisky making process on the Glenfiddich Distillery Tour.

Enjoy a guided tour followed by a tasting of The Glenfiddich 12, 15 and 18 as well as the Glenfiddich Gran Reserva which is a 21 year old finished in rum casks.

Available Wednesday – Sunday from 9.30 with the last tour departing at 15.30. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your booking and go to Reception. Please note late arrivals may not be accommodated.

Should you wish to amend or cancel your booking, please contact Glenfiddich.bookings@wgrant.com.

Please note that with 24 hours’ notice tours are refundable however if you are cancelling within 24 hours of your tour, they are non-refundable

DURATION:

About 1.5 hours
 

COST:

£20 per person
 
DRAMS:
Enjoy a guided tasting of The Glenfiddich 12, 15 and 18 as well as the Glenfiddich Gran Reserva which is a 21 year old finished in rum casks.
 

A specialised tour: Exploring the world’s most unforgettable single malts.

This in-depth tour will allow enthusiasts to discover the true art of whisky making. Following your distillery tour, visit warehouse 8, home to our unique Solera process and discover what makes our 15 year old such an exceptional dram.

The next part of the Solera journey is the Malt Master’s Blending Room to enjoy a tasting of four cask-strength 15-year-old samples. You will also have the unique opportunity to step into our Malt Master Brian Kinsman’s role – preparing your very own version of Glenfiddich 15 year old by combining different cask samples together. Guests will be able to bottle a small sample of their own creation to keep.

This tour is for over 18s only.

Available Thursday & Saturday at 14.00. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your booking and go to Reception. Please note late arrivals may not be accommodated.

DURATION:

About 2.5 hour

DRAMS

4 x 15 Year Old Cask Samples

COST

£60 per person
 

Visitor center 

Glenfiddich was the first distillery to open a reception centre for visitors, back in 1969. In 2005, the visitors centre went through a £1.7 million rebuild. The centre now welcomes 125’000 visitors a year, which provides significant financial support to the site. The visitor centre includes multiple tours of the distillery, a gift shop, The Malt barn with a bar and restaurant.

 

 

 

OPENING TIMES

January – December

OPENING TIMES

Day Times
Monday 09:30 16:30
Tuesday 09:30 16:30
Wednesday 09:30 16:30
Thursday 09:30 16:30
Friday 09:30 16:30
Saturday  09:30 16:30
Sunday  Closed  

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Glenfiddich Distillery
Castle Road
Dufftown
Moray
AB55 4DH
United Kingdom

Glenfiddich social media links

Livingbythedram social media links 

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