The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland, in the valley of the River Fiddich. 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 the Scotch in distinctive triangular bottles. Later, W. Grant & Sons was one of the first distilleries to package its bottles in tubes and gift tins. This marketing strategy was successful, and Glenfiddich has now become the world’s best-selling single malt. It is sold in 180 countries, and accounts for about 35% of single malt sales.
In 2009, Glenfiddich collected the ISC Distiller of the Year title, which follows on from the same accolade in 2008, 2006 and 2005 and IWSC Worldwide Distiller of the Year title in 2007. It is still independent, owned and run by the fifth generation of the Grant family. Not much has changed at the Glenfiddich Distillery since the first spirit ran from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887, even the copper stills are the same, every original bump and dent faithfully reproduced lest the flavour should be affected.
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700 ml, 43.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)This expression was initially matured for 6 to 8 years in traditional oak casks, but was then finished for 4 to 6 years in Sherry casks. "Earth and soaked wood aromas blend with deep vanilla. Flavours are sharp with spice and round with plum. A hint of toasted almonds gives way to a silky smooth finish"
700 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Speyside)The Great American Rivers once transported fine oak casks filled with American bourbon towards New Orleans. Bourbon casks could only be used once, their aromas and flavours released quickly, without being exhausted by long maturation. Excellent for ageing single malt Scotch. This Glenfiddich second release in the Age of Discovery collection, Bourbon Cask Reserve, is inspired by that history. It is their only expression exclusively matured in American bourbon casks, for 19 years. Creating a refined balance of spicy sweetness and rich dried fruit flavours.
"Crunchy toffee with spicy hints of cardamon"
700 ml, 40% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Glenfiddich created the third expression in their Age of Discovery Collection to commemorate the 1831 voyage of the HMS Beagle. The Beagle traveled around the globe and landed on the east coast of South America, allowing Charles Darwin to collect fossils that would lead to the development of his famous theory of evolution. Aged 19 years, this edition is finished in oak casks that were once used to produce the complex, velvety red wines of South America. Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which impart their own unique set of flavour into the whisky. The result is an extraordinarily rich single malt with exceptional smoothness, complemented by warm, spicy notes.
"rich, spicy and complex, with lots of notes of red berries"
700 ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Glenfiddich use casks that once contained premium Caribbean rum to finish their 21 Year Old expression. This expression spends four months finishing in Gran Reserva barrels selected by their Malt Master, adding to its distinctive and complex flavour. "Intense and vanilla sweet aroma, floral with hints of banana, followed by a soft, lively taste with lime, ginger and spice and a complex and exceptionally long ending"
700 ml, 40.0% abv, Scotland (Speyside)ZESTY FRUIT, VANILLA AND SPICY OAK. Glenfiddich "Rich Oak" is a completely unique single malt, delicately finished for up to 12 weeks in brand new American and new Spanish oak casks after being patiently matured for 14 years. Their use of untouched Spanish oak casks is a first for the single malt Scotch whisky. Alive with flavour, these new casks need precision handling by the Malt Master to deliver just the right amount of extra flavours, creamy vanilla, a soft toffee sweetness and spicy oak with layers of ripe summer fruit, creating a rich and complex single malt. "Rich Oak" is part of their Rare and Reserve Collection.
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