Glenfiddich Speyside Whisky Distillery
Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky in its unique triangular shaped bottles is probably the best known single malt whisky in the world. In 1886 William Grant and his nine children constructed this distillery with their bare hands in a beautiful location in Dufftown, Banffshire. Named Glenfiddich (Valley of the Deer) the distillery takes its water from the nearby pure Robbie Dhu springs.
All the malt used in the distillation process is supplied by specialist maltsters to Glenfiddich’s own specification. Glenfiddich is unique in that it only uses handmade Douglas Fir washbacks not stainless steel as is used elsewhere. The present eight spirit stills are exactly the same size and specification as the original stills first installed by William Grant. Even bumps and dents are reproduced and together with direct firing this ensures the consistency of the single malt whisky over the decades.
Glenfiddich distillery is also in a league of its own as it uses only single use Sherry and Bourbon casks to mature its product which is later mixed in a giant 30 cask capacity marrying tun (Large Oak Barrel). Glenfiddich goes to extraordinary lengths to ensure the quality and consistency of its product even pressure testing its casks with sherry so as not to compromise the maturation process by using water.
Every year every Glenfiddich casks while maturing loose 2% of their alcohol content as the oak casks breathe. This phenomenon is known as the ‘Angels Share’. When ready nearly all Glenfiddich single malt whisky is bottled on site again to ensure that the character of this unique and high quality single malt whisky from Scotland is maintained.
If you ask yourself why is this distillery still in the hands of the original Grant family? despite two world wars and recessions over the years the answer is simple. At Glenfiddich quality and consistency always come first!
Taste: Polished, Solid, Rich Complexity and Fine as befits a Malt Whisky Colossus.