Glenfiddich DistilleryGlenfiddich Distillery

Founded in 1886
Glenfiddich is located at the very heart of Speyside, with Balvenie and new born Kininvie, in the glen of River Fiddich.

Glenfiddich was founded in 1886, by William Grant, after he quit Mortlach. In the beginning stages he actually purchased the old still from Cardow (Cardhu of today), and started production.

In 1898 Pattison -- the biggest client of Glenfiddich to buy malts for their blends -- went bankrupt, and Glenfiddich decided to create its own blend, the Standfast. In the early 1900s, William Grant formalized the name of the company, to William Grant & Sons.

During prohibition, Glenfiddich stood strong, remaining one of the few Scotch distillers that kept on producing. William's grandson Grant Gordon, surprisingly increased the production. 1963 was a benchmark in single malt history, thanks to Glenfiddich.

Glenfiddich revised the bottle shape to a triangle, which was designed by Hans Schleger and named its Whisky 'single malt Whisky,' which was a massive success. Glenfiddich was doing good.

The Solera innovation in 1998, was another benchmark in the Whisky history. As of today Glenfiddich remains one of the highest selling Whisky brands, being the most awarded Whisky in the world.

Glenfiddich produces an unbelievable amount of 10 million liters per year, using the water from the famous Robbie Dubh. Three giant mash tuns, and 24 Douglas washbacks are present at the site, with 32 stills in total.

The stills vary in capacity and shape, and they are fueled by gas, making production unique. The maltings are sourced from Balvenie and industrial maltings. Another extremely important fact about Glenfiddich, is their onsite cooperage. Glenfiddich has its own coopers and masters, to create the most effective aging for its Whisky.

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What does Glenfiddich taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Glenfiddich Scotch. It's based on all Glenfiddich drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Glenfiddich before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    William Grant & Sons
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
  • Visitor center
  • Status
  • Address
    Glenfiddich Distillery Castle Road Dufftown Moray AB55 4DH United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1340 820373
  • Website
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This massive success of Glenfiddich was managed by just 120£. That is the cost of building the distillery in 1886.

Continuous mashing is firstly used by Glenfiddich in the Whisky market.

William Grant worked for Mortlach for 20 years before he founded Glenfiddich.
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, malts from these fifty or so Speyside distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
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You're invited to visit the Valley of the Deer in Speyside, deep in the highlands of Scotland. Take a tour of the Valley of the Glenfiddich Distillery. Hand-built by our founder in 1887. Walk through over 125 years of history, where time hasn't affected tradition.

Experience the heat of the still house. Discover the angel's share in warehouse one. Enjoy the rich Whisky aromas. See where our rarest Whiskies can spend up to five decades maturing. And on our explorer's tour, learn how we create one of the world's most innovative malt. And no tour would be complete without tasting a unique selection of the world's most awarded single malt Scotch Whisky.

We look forward to welcoming you soon. Book your tour of the Glenfiddich Distillery today.

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