This evening, I am posting information on Glenfiddich, one of Scotland’s premier whisky distilleries. Some brief facts:
- Located near Dufftown on Speyside.
- Name comes from Gaelic and means ‘Valley of the Deer’.
- Adjacent is sister distillery, Balvenie.
- Founded by William Grant in 1887 in a supreme example ‘can do’ Victorian enterprise by the Grant family who had modest resources and literally built the distillery with their own hands using second-hand stills from nearby Cardhu Distillery.
- Glenfiddich was the pioneer of single malts and consolidated theor market position in the 1960s when they introduced an 8 year old in a distinctive triangular green bottle. The product is lightly peated using water from the Robbie Dhu spring.
- Current production is around 10.0m litres p.a. from 29 stills using a ratio of two spirit stills to every one wash still.
- The product is a result of maturation in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
- Main single malts are:
- 12 year old Special Reserve 40pct
- 15 year old Solera Reserve 40pct
- 18 year old Ancient Reserve 40pct.
Gledfiddich offer a wide range of distillery tours to the public ranging from a free, ‘standard’ tour lasting about 45 mins to 2-3 hour small group, ‘connoisseur’ tour at a fee of around GBP25-30 per person. A quality experience whichever tour is selected. There is a restaurant on site.
Traditional wooden washbacks. See also this short video clip.
Some of Glenfiddich’s 29 stills. See also this video clip.
Glenfiddich is a regular feature in my tours of Speyside.