Tasting at Glenddich Distillery

Tasting at Glenddich Distillery, Speyside

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.

Mash Tuns

Underback at Glenfiddich Distillery

Underback at Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside

Traditional wooden washbacks.  See also this short video clip.

Washbacks at Glenfiddich Distillery

Washbacks at Glenfiddich Distillery, Speyside

 Some of Glenfiddich’s 29 stills. See also this video clip.

Stills at Glenfiddich Distillery

Stills at Glenfiddich Distillery,Speyside

Glenfiddich is a regular feature in my tours of Speyside.

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