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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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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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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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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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Glenfiddich Rich Oak
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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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Glenfiddich Age of Discovery is a rich 19 year old single malt matured in oak casks previously used to age fine Madeira wine. This has created an earthy, distinctive whisky with a full bodied yet...  More info
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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
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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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A 21 year old bottling from Glenfiddich, finished in casks used previously to age Caribbean Rum.  More info
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The Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition was named for the distillery's sixth Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, as he was their first Malt Master to double-mature Glenfiddich whisky in two different casks...  More info
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Released as a Travel Retail exclusive alongside two other Glenfiddich Cask Collection bottlings, the Reserve Cask focusses on the Sherried side of this Speyside distillery's output. This rich...  More info
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Launched for the travel retail market, Glenfiddich Select Cask is comprised of whisky from... Well, from select casks. These whiskies are then married together in a Solera vat, resulting in a rich...  More info
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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
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A beautiful antique flagon from Glenfiddich, honouring the mighty Robert the Bruce, the King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329.  More info
$280.58
A 1980s bottling of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Clans of the Highlands collection. This bottles comes with a collector's tin featuring a portrait of Kenneth...  More info
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This handsome antique is part of the Clans of the Highlands collection released by Glenfiddich in the 1980s. It comes with a bottle of their single malt Scotch whisky and a collector's tin with a...  More info
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A 1 litre bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve, which we believe to have been produced in the latter half of the 1970s. Try comparing it to a modern bottling of Glenfiddich and see if there's a...  More info
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A collectible single malt from Glenfiddch's Clans of the Highlands range. The Clan Sinclair edition features a portrait of Sir. John Sinclair of Ulbster by Sir Henry Raeburn. The painting hangs in the...  More info
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For those of you looking to add a 1980s bottle of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve to your antique whisky collection, you're in luck! This bottle from the legendary Speyside distillery even comes with...  More info
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A 1980s bottling at 43% from Glenfiddich's Clans of the Highlands range. This one is dedicated to Clandy Murray's family... Alright it's actually Sir Mungo Jerry Murray, son of the 2nd Earl of Atholl...  More info
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We think that this 35cl bottling of Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve single malt Scotch whisky was produced back in the 1980s. This one comes with the original presentation tube - fancy!  More info
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A very rare collectible bottle from Glenfiddich, this features a painting of Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster by Sir Henry Raeburn. The painting is now kept at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.  More info
$171.08
The award-winning 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky, from one of the most well-known distilleries in Scotland - the Glenfiddich distillery. For the 40 year old a remnant vatting process, where the...  More info
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Glenfiddich Special Old Reserve from the 1980s. A neat, collectible piece of whisky history - would be interesting trying this along with some Glenfiddich produced more recently to see if anything's...  More info
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A collectible flagon of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky from the 1980s, featuring Charles Edward Stuart (who you might know as Bonnie Prince Charlie) on the label and presentation box. Part of a...  More info
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Ooh, another one of those Glenfiddich Clans Of The Highlands bottlings! These are rather popular indeed among whisky collectors. This one comes from the 1980s and features a presentation tin honouring...  More info
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