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Distillery in Focus:           Glenfiddich
Region: Speyside
Name: Glenfiddich (“Valley of the deer”)
Status: active
Website: http://www.glenfiddich.com
E-mail: info@glenfiddich.com
Telephone: 01340 820 373
Address: Dufftown, Morayshire, AB55 4DH
Visitor centre: Yes
Owner: William Grant and sons.
Established in 1886. It is one of the few family owned distillery
Stills: 10 Wash and 18 Spirit stills. The most numerous number of stills of any distillery.
Percentage of single malts: Not known.
Casks used for maturation are sherry casks, bourbon and plain oak.
Contribute(d) to the following blends: Grants, Grants royal and Clan McGregor

Regular Bottling:
Glenfiddich Special reserve 12 YO 40%
Glenfiddich Caoran 12 YO 40%
Glenfiddich Toasted oak 12 YO 40% (Launched in 2006)
Glenfiddich Solera reserve 15 YO 43%
Glenfiddich Ancient reserve 18 YO 40%
Glenfiddich Gran Reserva 21 YO 40% (former Havannah)
Glenfiddich 30 YO 43%

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In addition to the "standard" range, Glenfiddich has launched a few limited editions, such as the Glenfiddich Distillery Edition in 2006 51%, the Glenfiddich 40 YO 43.6%, the Glenfiddich 50 YO 43% or the Glenfiddich 1937 64 YO 40%. Also since a few years, Glenfiddich launched their Vintage and Rare whiskies serie, which includes single cask cask strength vintages of old Glenfiddich.

Of note: Glenfiddich is one of the rare independent whisky company left in Scotland and well known for the quality of their single malts. It was the first distillery in Scotland to open a visitor centre. It is the world n°1 single malt whisky in the world in term of sales and also the biggest distillery of single malt whisky with a production of 10-11 mio Litre of pure alcool (LPA) annualy and last but not least, Glenfiddich was the first company to promote and sell single malt whiskies in 1963.


History

Former distillery manager at Mortlach distillery, William Grant bought a pair of second hand stills from the owner of the old Cardow distillery and started the construction of the distillery in September 1886. On Christmas day 1887 ran the first spirit of the William and Sons Glenfiddich distillery. In 1903, the distillery was registered under the name of William Grant & Sons ltd. During the Great War, the distillery stopped production in 1917 and resumed production in May 1919. In 1957, to differentiate their product from the competition, Glenfiddich launched the triangle-shaped bottle, which is still the "trade mark" of Glenfiddich nowdays. Since its creation, Glenfiddich has always remained the property of the same Grant family. Of note, the Grant family owning the distillery of Glenfarclas is not the same as the one owning Glenfiddich.

The Mash tun The Still house
The Solera warehouse The bottling hall

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Tasted whiskies:

Official/original bottlings (OB)  
Age  
Glenfiddich 12 YO Caoran, OB, 40%, B: 2006 Rating: 08/20
Glenfiddich 12 YO Special Reserve, OB, 40%, B:2006 Rating: 08/20
Glenfiddich 12 YO Toasted, OB, 40%, B:2006 Rating: 10/20
Glenfiddich 15 YO Solera, OB, 40%, B:2006 Rating: 13/20
Glenfiddich 15 YO Distillery Edition, 51%, OB: 2013. Rating: 13/20
Glenfiddich 18 YO Ancient Reserve, OB, 43%, B:2006 Rating: 11/20
Glenfiddich 18 YO, OB, 40%, B: 2013, batch 3295. Rating: 14/20
Glenfiddich 19 YO Age of Discovery, OB, 40%, B: 2011 Rating: 11/20
Glenfiddich White Storm, 21 YO, OB, 43%, B:2017 Rating: 14/20
Glenfiddich 26 YO Excellence, OB, 43%, B: 2014. Rating: 13/20
Glenfiddich 30 YO, OB, 43%, B: 2006 Rating: 12/20
Glenffidich 30 YO, OB, 43%, B: 2010 Rating: 13/20
   
Vintages  
Glenfiddich 1959, 50 YO, 42.5%, B: 2010, cask 3935 Rating: 17/20
Glenfiddich 1973 Sherry for Waldhaus am See, 33 YO, OB, B: 2006, c. 9883, 44.7% Rating: 15/20
Glenfiddich 1973, 40 YO, OB, 49.1%, B:2013, c. 9907 Rating: 13/20
Glenfiddich 2001 Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2016, OB, 61.5%, c. 14089 Rating: 13/20
   
No Age specified  
Glenfiddich IPA, OB, 43% B:2016 Rating: 13/20
Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary, OB, 43%, B: 2013 Rating: 12/20
Glenfiddich Original 1963, OB, 40%, B: 2015. Rating: 12/20
Glenfiddich Project XX, OB, 47%, B:2016. Rating: 14/20
Glenfiddich Sherry cask strength for Solera, OB, 2006 Rating: 13/20
Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix, OB, 47.6%, B:2010 Rating: 16/20
Glenfiddich Solera Cask Strength, 15 YO, OB, 2006 Rating: 15/20
   

 

Independent bottlings (IB)  
Kingsbury  
Glenfiddich 1964, 44 YO, Kingsbury, 55.0% Rating: 14/20
   
Zenith  
Glenfiddich 21 YO, Zenith, 43%, B:1980s Rating: 13/20