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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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This is a very rare bottling of Glenfiddich. The Private Vintage range are produced from a tiny selection of four to six casks, selected by Glenfiddich's malt master. The finished product is presented...  More info
$5199.15
Glenfiddich's Private Vintage range are highly collectable and are the result of a special selection of four to six casks. The final product is presented in a cherry wood box and demonstrate the...  More info
$6170.05
A half bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year old, a multi-award winning whisky from Speyside. The Glenfiddich distillery was the first that William Grant ever built (the second was Balvenie).  More info
$26.16
A gift tin of the award-winning Glenfiddich Rich Oak single malt, made using 14 year old whisky which has been finished in new American and Spanish oak casks. It also comes with a handsome gift tag so...  More info
$52.34
Give the gift of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky! This is a bottle of Glenfiddich 15 year old Solera, which is aged in a mixture of American bourbon, Portuguese sherry and virgin oak casks...  More info
$55.89
The first whisky of this age released by the Glenfiddich distillery, Excellence 26 Year Old is a very special release that was matured exclusively in American oak bourbon barrels for notes of vanilla...  More info
$546.18
This classic Speyside from Glenfiddich was the Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition, aged for 12 years in American and European Oak casks.  More info
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$44.26
Glenfiddich Rich Oak
(70cl, 40%)
A recent release edition from Glenfiddich, this was aged for 14 years before a finish in new American and Spanish oak casks. They say the American oak adds spice, vanilla and fruit, and the Spanish...  More info
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$52.34
A 15 year old matured in American bourbon, Portuguese sherry and virgin oak. The whisky was then married in a Solera vat. This is a great staple 15 year old from the Glenfiddich distillery.  More info
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$56.82
A special edition Glenfiddich. This 15 year old is non chill filtered and has been bottled at higher strength. This is classic Glenfiddich, but with added complexity and character.  More info
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$66.41
A 21 year old bottling from Glenfiddich, finished in casks used previously to age Caribbean Rum.  More info
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$178.14
This 18 year old from Glenfiddich's core range was matured in a mix of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks.  More info
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$86.91
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
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
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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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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Glenfiddich Classic
(70cl, 43%)
A rare expression from Glenfiddich, Classic is very hard to come by.  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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A rare and very hard to find 18 year old Glenfiddich, packaged in a limited edition decanter.  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
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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A rare and old bottling from the Glenfiddich distillery. Beautifully presented.  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 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
A 33 year old from the Glenfiddich distillery, distilled in 1973 and aged in second fill Spanish sherry butts.  More info
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