Glenfiddich Distillery

The Glenfiddich Distillery is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky distillery owned by William Grant & Sons in Dufftown, Scotland. Glenfiddich means ‘Valley of the Deer' in Gaelic, hence the presence of a stag symbol on Glenfiddich bottles.[1][2]


The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland, in the glen of the River Fiddich.[3] The Glenfiddich single malt whisky first ran from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887.[4]

Following difficult times in the 1960s and '70s, many small, independent distillers were bought up or went out of business. In order to survive, W. Grant & Sons expanded their production of the drink, and introduced advertising campaigns, a visitors' centre and from 1957 packaged their whisky in distinctive triangular bottles.[5]

Later, W. Grant & Sons was one of the first distilleries to package its bottles in tubes and gift tins, as well as recognising the importance of the duty-free market for spirits. This marketing strategy was successful, and Glenfiddich has now become the world's best-selling single malt.[6] It is sold in 180 countries,[4] and accounts for about 35% of single malt sales.[7]


The water source is the Robbie Dhu springs. Glenfiddich is matured in oak casks such as rum casks from the Caribbean (in the case of 21 year old Gran Reserva), Bourbon whiskey barrels from America (Ancient Reserve), or sherry butts from Jerez in Spain.[8][9]


Glenfiddich is bottled at many ages. Their whiskies include

  • Glenfiddich Special Reserve 12yr
  • Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve 12yr
  • Glenfiddich Rich Oak Reserve 14yr
  • Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15yr
  • Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18yr
  • Glenfiddich Gran Reserva (Havana) 21yr
  • Glenfiddich 30 yr
  • Glenfiddich 40 yr
  • Glenfiddich 50 yr
  • Glenfiddich 1937

In 1937, cask 843 was filled with spirit from the stills at The Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown. Over its life ten consecutive warehouse masters watched over the cask. After 64 years, in October 2001, Glenfiddich's Malt Master David Stewart declared that cask 843 was finally ready to be bottled. Just 61 bottles were left in the cask.

Other rare or limited whiskies:

  • Glenfiddich Toasted Oak Reserve 12yr
  • Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix (no age)
  • Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15yr
  • Glenfiddich 1991 Don Ramsey Reserve
  • Glenfiddich Malt Master's Edition Sherry Cask
  • Glenfiddich Age of Discovery – Madeira Cask 19yr
  • Glenfiddich Age of Discovery - Bourbon Cask 19yr
  • Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams
  • Glenfiddich Foundation Reserve
  • Glenfiddich Private Vintages
  • Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve
  • Glenfiddich Gran Reserva - Rum Cask Finish 21yr


Glenfiddich produces a liqueur called Glenfiddich Malt Whisky Liqueur that is 40% alcohol by volume, and is sold in 50 cl (500 ml) bottles. Glenfiddich Malt Whisky Liqueur is exported to foreign markets, such as the USA, but not widely.

Critical acclaim

Glenfiddich's whiskies have performed very well at international spirits ratings competitions. The 12, 15, 18, and 21-year offerings have all rated well in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the Beverage Testing Institutes' reviews.[10] On balance, the 15-year whisky has performed the best, receiving three double-gold medals (in four years) at the 2007–2010 San Francisco competitions and a score of 91 with the Beverage Testing Institute.[11]

Glenfiddich Awards

Since 1970, Glenfiddich has promoted the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Awards to honour distinguished writing and broadcasting in the fields of food and drink in the UK.

See also


External links

  • Aggregator of Liquor Ratings and Reviews

Coordinates: 57°27′18.5″N 03°07′51.0″W / 57.455139°N 3.130833°W / 57.455139; -3.130833

The Glenfiddich Distillery shop/Virtual tour

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