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Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich is one of three William Grant-owned whisky distilleries which sit in relatively close proximity to each other to the north of Dufftown, the spiritual heart of Speyside. Founded in 1886, by William Grant of Mortlach and Balvenie fame, the Glenfiddich distillery is currently one of but three distilleries to bottle on site and houses stills with a total yearly capacity of ten million litres. Furthermore, Glenfiddich matures its single-malt whisky in their onsite warehouses, which number forty-three and have a capacity of 800,000 casks. Malt is bought in, a proportion of this is made up of that malted at the neighbouring Balvenie distillery.

Glenfiddich was the first distillery with a visitor centre, which receives 125,000 visitors per annum and underwent a £1.7 million rebuild in 2005. World famous, Glenfiddich is the number one top-selling single malt whisky not only in the UK, but also globally. Following the end of the Second World War and the resultant surge in whisky demand, Glenfiddich was a relatively small brand and faced hefty competition from the blended scotch brands which held a veritable monopoly on the market.

Rather than competing directly, the Glenfiddich distillery concentrated on single malt sales and in 1963 became the first Scotch whisky to be marketed as such, flying proudly in the face of critics. The gamble paid off and eleven years later sixteen new stills were installed to cope with demand. The range is large and includes several cask finishes as well as a 2002-released 1937 vintage, of which there are just sixty-one bottles, each came with a recommended retail price of £10,000.

Glenfiddich Whisky Distillery

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About Glenfiddich Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 820373

Distillery Capacity

10 000 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1886

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Dufftown, Banffshire

Distillery Owner

William Grant & Sons

Distillery Website

www.glenfiddich.com

1886

The distillery is founded by William Grant, 47 years old, who had learned the trade at Mortlach Distillery. The equipment is bought from Mrs. Cummings of Cardow Distillery. The construction totals £800.

1887

The first distilling takes place on Christmas Day.

1892

William Grant builds Balvenie.

1898

The blending company Pattisons, largest customer to Glenfiddich, files for bankruptcy and Grant decides to blend their own whisky. Standfast becomes one of their major brands.

1903

William Grant & Sons is formed.

1957

The famous, three-cornered bottle is introduced.

1958

The floor maltings is closed.

1963

Glennfiddich becomes the first whisky to be marketed as single malt in the UK and the rest of the world.

1964

A version of Standfast’s three-cornered bottle is launched for Glenfiddich in green glass.

1969

Glenfiddich becomes the first distillery in Scotland to open a visitor centre.

1974

16 new stills are installed.

2001

1965 Vintage Reserve is launched in a limited edition of 480 bottles. Glenfiddich 1937 is bottled (61 bottles).

2002

Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21 years old, finished in Cuban rum casks is launched. Sales in the US are not possible due to the trade embargo between the US and Cuba. Caoran Reserve 12 years, an attempt to recreate the peaty Glenfiddich produced during the war years, is launched. Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937 (61 bottles) is launched at a recommended price of £10,000 each and becomes the oldest Scotch whisky on the market.

2003

1973 Vintage Reserve (440 bottles) is launched.

2004

1991 Vintage Reserve (13 years) and 1972 Vintage Reserve (519 bottles) are launched.

2005

Circa £1.7 million is invested in a new visitor centre.

2006

1973 Vintage Reserve, 33 years (861 bottles) and 12 year old Toasted Oak are released.

2007

1976 Vintage Reserve, 31 years is released in September.

2008

1977 Vintage Reserve is released.

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The absolutely staggering 40 year old, cask strength Private Vintage Glenfiddich, distilled in 1964! This is an incredibly rare bottling and a truly exceptional one at that!  More info
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The first 1974 Vintage Reserve to be released by Glenfiddich complete with smart wooden packaging. Glenfiddich is the world's best selling single malt scotch whisky and with releases like this it is...  More info
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The guys at Glenfiddich laid down a number of casks in the year 2000 and have bottled a selection of these in 2012 for the travel retail market. This whisky is a richer style of the Glenfiddich twelve...  More info
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The Glenfiddich Age of Discovery range is released just to the travel retail market until 2012 when the 19 year Old Madeira Cask was released to to the UK retail market to great excitement and...  More info
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This is an antique bottling of the Glenfiddich Special Reserve and was potentially previously a travel retail bottling.  More info
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Part of a very limited release of just 600 bottles, a rare 40 year old from the Glenfiddich distillery.  More info
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Cask No. 516, filled on 16th January 1976 and aged for 31 years before bottling. A wonderful Glenfiddich single cask, packaged in a beautiful presentation case.  More info
Packaged in a dark bottle with a silver crest and named Caoran for the Gaelic for peat embers. This 12 year old Glenfiddich is a peaty release from the Speyside distillery.  More info
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A 1.5 litre bottle of the quintessential back bar favourite, Glenfiddich 12 year old.  More info
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A 21 year old from Glenfiddich, released to celebrate a century of distillations at the distillery, presented in a Wedgwood decanter.  More info
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This special limited edition from Glenfiddich was matured in specially charred 195 litre bourbon barrels. This has added a lovely flavour to the 12 year old whisky.  More info
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Distilled in 1977 at William Grant's first distillery, the legendary Glenfiddich. This was matured for 31 years in refill sherry casks.  More info
A 33 year old from the Glenfiddich distillery, distilled in 1973 and aged in second fill Spanish sherry butts.  More info
A great 30 year old from Glenfiddich, a winner of a Silver medal at the 2005 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Lovely classic Speyside style.  More info
Part of a release of 660 bottles from three casks from the Glenfiddich distillery, distilled in 1972 and aged for an impressive 33 years.  More info
A rare and old bottling from the Glenfiddich distillery. Beautifully presented.  More info
More complex and flavourful than some of the more run-of-the-mill Irish cream liqueurs. Made with real Glenfiddich whisky for maximum flavour and depth.  More info
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Glenfiddich Centenary
(75cl, 43%)
This was specially bottled to celebrate 100 years of Glenfiddich. It was bottled on Christmas Day 1986, presented in a handsome case. A limited edition bottle from a release of 12,000. Very rare.  More info
A rare and very hard to find 18 year old Glenfiddich, packaged in a limited edition decanter.  More info
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A very rare single malt, this is an 18 year old from Speyside's Glenfiddich.  More info
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Glenfiddich Classic
(70cl, 43%)
A rare expression from Glenfiddich, Classic is very hard to come by.  More info
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A hard to find stoneware decanter jug from Glenfiddich. This features an image of Robert the Bruce, a man from a time when "the" was an acceptable middle name.  More info
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Recently we've seen Glenfiddich 12 packaged in the slightly more modern looking triangular tubes. This is the older edition - which is hard to find now, and is a fair bit rarer. More of a collectable.  More info
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An old edition of the Solera 15 year old from Glenfiddich, this is more of a collectable and is packaged in the older round tubes (before they became slightly triangular).  More info
A full litre bottle of the classic Glenfiddich 12, a very popular dram, and a great proponent of the Speyside style. Malty and fruity.  More info
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