Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

Glenfiddich 18 Year Old -Silver Medal winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2007.

Their master craftsmen have created a complex, mellow single malt Scotch whisky from years of patient maturation in casks of the finest Oloroso sherry and American bourbon. It is secreted away in their traditional warehouse, where the cool, thick stone walls and low ceilings mature the whisky to perfection. Years later what emerges is a Glenfiddich 18 Year Old with an elegant nose, faintly sweet, scented with apple and wood. It is robust and full-bodied, yet remarkably soft, rounded and long lasting.
ABV 40%; 70cl


Silver medal winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge 2005.

A true blast from the past, Glenfiddich Caoran Reserve revives a forgotten taste: a bold, powerful single malt Scotch whisky that captures its native rugged landscape with every mouthful. First comes a smoky aroma, then spicy top notes that develop into a characterful blend of sweet fruit with distinctive peaty undertones and a smooth, lingering finish.
Its name, pronounced ku-ran, comes from the Gaelic for "peat ember" - this whisky's underlying theme. Its inspiration comes from the days when coal shortages meant greater amounts of local peat were used to dry the malted barley. This distinctive smokiness complements perfectly the fruit notes so characteristic of Glenfiddich.
ABV 40%; 70cl

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old -Gold medal winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2007.
What first hits you about the fresh and fragrant Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is the touch of pear in the nose, followed by a distinctive, well-balanced flavour of rich fruit, subtle pine and a hint of peatiness. Expect a satisfyingly long, lingering and rounded aftertaste.
ABV 40%; 70cl

Glenfiddich Whiskies

The Whiskies
Glenfiddich is bottled at many ages and these include;

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

Other rare or limited whiskies:
Glenfiddich Toasted Oak Reserve 12yr
Glenfiddich Rich Oak Reserve 14yr
Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix (no age)
Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15yr
Glenfiddich 1991 Don Ramsey Reserve
Glenfiddich Private Vintages

Glenfiddich produces a liqueur called simply "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. It is also not widely available outside of specialist whisky retailers.

Glenfiddich Distillery

The Glenfiddich Distillery is a Speyside single malt Scotch owned by William Grant & Sons in Dufftown, Scotland. The Gaelic name Glenfiddich means ‘Valley of the deer’ which explains a deer symbol on Glenfiddich bottles.

The Beginning of Glenfiddich
The Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland, in the valley of the River Fiddich. The Glenfiddich single malt whisky first ran from the stills in 1887.
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, 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. It is sold in 180 countries, and accounts for about 35% of single malt sales.
Distilling Glenfiddich
The whisky is the only Highland or Speyside Scotch whisky to be distilled, matured and bottled at a single distillery. Like other distilleries, such as Glen Grant and Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich uses a single source of natural spring water. This source is the Robbie Dhu springs. Glenfiddich is matured in oak casks such as rum casks from Cuba (in the case of Gran Reserva), Bourbon whiskey barrels from America (Ancient Reserve), or sherry butts from Jerez in Spain.

Critical Acclaim
Glenfiddich's whiskies have performed very well at international Spirit 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.
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.
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.
Glenfiddich appears in the Family Guy episode Brian & Stewie where Brian had stored a bottle of Scotch, which clearly is labelled much like Glenfiddich, in his safety deposit box. Glenfiddich were later reported to be furious with their drink being featured in the show.

Glen Ord Whiskies

Region: Highland
Location: Ross-shire
Owner: Diageo
Founded: 1838
Status: Operational
Water Source: Loch nam Bonnach
Loch nan Eun form the White Burn
No. of Stills: 3 wash stills 3 spirit stills
Capacity: 5,000,000 litres
Singleton Of Glen Ord
Type: Single malt

12 Years

15 Years
18 Years

32 Years

36 Years
Cask Type(s):

American White Oak, Ex-Bourbon Casks (50%)
Oloroso Sherry Casks (50%)
40% – 46%

History of Glen Ord

In 1838 The MacKenzies of Ord feature largely in the development of the distillery. The family was granted lands in the west of Scotland by King Alexander III as early as 1263. Thomas MacKenzie of Ord inherited the estate in 1820 and set about rejuvenating the area. He leased land for the distillery to be built, as he envisaged an industry where local men could have all-year round employment. It also gave him a ready market for his barley.

There was competition from 9 small licensed distilleries in the area, most being run as co-operatives of 10-12 tenant farmers. The entire barley crop was used for distilling - the quickest means of turning it into cash to pay the rent.There are records of an ale house and meal mill on the Glen Ord site in 1549, the meal mill finally closing in 1958. There was also an extensive piggery, taking advantage of by-products from distilling. The distillery employed 18 people.
The distillery was water-powered by 2 large water wheels driven by water from Loch nam Bonnach and Loch nan Eun. Water for mashing was then taken from the Cuckoo Well and added to the whisky’s distinctive character.
The first licence holders were Robert Johnstone and Donald McLennan, trading as Ord Distillery Company. They both subsequently went bankrupt.

In 1870 McLennan died and his widow married a bank clerk from Beauly, Alexander MacKenzie, who was put in charge of the business. Around this time, Glen Ord was sold in Singapore, S. Africa and other British Colonies. In 1880, some Glen Ord was being sold as Glen Oran.
In 1896 The distillery was sold at a price of £15,800 to James Watson & Son, whisky blenders of Dundee. This was their 4th acquisition of a distillery as they were committed to obtaining high quality whisky - sales were principally of blended whiskies, particularly 'Watson's No. 10'.
Between 1917-1919 Glen Ord was closed by government order during the First World War, in the interest of conserving barley for foodstuffs.
In 1923 Watson’s went into voluntary liquidation. The distillery was sold to Thomas Dewars & Sons of Perth, who amalgamated with the Distillers Company Ltd.

In 1930 Ord was transferred to the ownership of Scottish Malt Distillers, a subsidiary company of DCL.

Between1939-1945 Closed again for greater part of Second world war.
In1949 Electricity came to Glen Ord, until then the distillery was lit by paraffin lamp.
1958 Meal mill closed and the single malt was sold as Or.
In1961 Closure of floor maltings; new Saladin boxes built.
In1966 The 2 coal-fired stills increased to 6, all of which were fitted with steam-heated coils.
In 1968 A large mechanical floor maltings was built beside the distillery to meet the needs of 7 SMD distilleries, however Glen Ord continued to use their own Saladin boxes until 1983.
In1985 Guinness take-over. Malt and grain distilling becoming United Distillers Ltd.

In1994 Was indeed a pivotal year for Glen Ord whose roots are deeply entwined with Scottish history and lore. Known outside Scotland by only Whisky aficionados, Glen Ord’s reputation begins to flourish. In this year Glen Ord 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky brings home three international awards including the World’s most prestigious spirit award the IWSC Gold Medal, the overall malt whisky category trophy for, “Best Single Malt up to 15 years.” and the title of Malt of the Year 1994-1995.

In 1997 Guinness and Grand Metropolitan merge to form DIAGEO, with head offices in London.

In 1998 Glen Ord is recognized and available throughout the world and sought out by those who appreciate unique characteristics of this unique "Whisky from the Black Isle."

Glen Ord-Summary

Glen Ord is a whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands and is the only remaining single malt scotch whisky distillery on the Black Isle. Its principal product is an eponymous 12-year old single malt whisky. The distillery won awards for the best single malt at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 1994 and 1996, and at the Monde Selection in 1996 and 1997.
The Glen Ord Distillery was founded in 1838. Its soil, the barley, the sea air and the marvelously soft water that imparts Glen Ord Single Malt Whisky with a “Flavoursome roundness,” which has earned this unique spirit the International Wine and Spirits Competition '94 & '95 Gold Medal for the world’s best single malt and the '96 & '97 Monde Selection Awards. It is known as the “Richer Malt” from the Black Isle in the Northern Highlands.

The history of Glen Ord is entwined with Scottish lore and the MacKenzies of Ord. The distillery was prized by other distillers for its unique characteristics long before becoming available worldwide. Its impressive reputation is firmly established in Scotland - especially among blenders who included Glen Ord to add a premium note to their whiskies.
Glen Ord is approachable perfect for those new to single malt and a drinkable alternative for those who have already discovered the joys of single malt.

Glen Ord is an accessible, unstuffy and refreshingly informal malt whisky with an instant appeal. Unlike other single malts, much of Glen Ord’s distinctive flavour profile is due to the distillery’s unique twin water source known locally as “The White Burn” which includes lakes fed by rainfall as well as from spring water.
The climate is bold, the aroma of barley malt fills the air. A scuttle of water from the village well has softness that belies the tanginess of the sea air. This is the village of Glen Ord whose homes have been carved from the rocky Black Isle. Unlike other whiskies, the barley is grown right on the Black Isle and specially malted adjacent to the distillery. Glen Ord lacks the “burn” often associated with single malt, while offering a mellowness and sociability that makes it particularly appealing.

Upon tasting Glen Ord, single malt authority, author, and connoisseur Michael Jackson, extolled, “Perilously drinkable — a smooth, well rounded choice.”
Today the distillery continues to produce Glen Ord whisky for Diageo, which includes the whisky in Dewar blends and Diageo’s "Hidden Malts" series. The distillery offers public tours throughout the year with hours on a seasonal schedule.

Laphroaig 40 YEAR OLD

This is produced using distilling methods first established in 1815, Laphroaig® 40 Year Old was laid down by the only lady distillers and distillery owners, Bessie Williamson.

Known and respected for her vision and love of Laphroaig, Bessie used European oak to mature this particular vintage rather than the American oak Bourbon casks which are more commonly used today.
The barrels have laid undisturbed in Warehouse No. 1, the oldest maturation building at Laphroaig, which is sited at the edge of the sea. During its 40 years in the warehouse, a percentage of the maturing whisky has been lost due to evaporation and replaced by the salt-laden air of Laphroaig Bay. The resulting rich and mellow whisky has been bottled at its original cask strength.

COLOUR The colour is a warm, bright gold

NOSE Gentle with full-bodied sweetness. Seville orange type aromas deep in the glass. Occasional honey type bouquet

BODY Full and thick

PALATE Reminiscent of sweet liquorice root, with peat and seaweed in the background. Smooth and gentle

FINISH Warming, velvety smooth and goes on and on

Laphroaig 30 YEAR OLD

The aroma, on pouring the 30 year old, gives an initial burst of sherry, the full profound depth and roundness of sweet fruit then becomes apparent followed by a tantalising hint of Islay peat.

On tasting, all the traditional Laphroaig personality comes through allied with a succulent, heavy roundness that belies the massive depth and power of this outstanding and unique single malt. Some consider it the finest of all Islay single malts. Because 30 year old is so hard to find in shops ( so little is made) we have made it available online for you to buy direct from the distillery.
COLOUR Deep red gold

NOSE An initial trace of sherry is followed by a sweet fruitiness that overlays the tantalising hint of Islay peat
BODY A full profound depth and roundness

PALATE The first quiet explosion of peat is tempered by a sweet gentleness that develops into a heavy roundness

FINISH Succulent and long

Laphroaig 27 YEAR OLD

This is in some people’s opinion the finest expression of Laphroaig of recent times.

It has been matured exclusively in the finest first fill Oloroso sherry butts from Jerez for over 27 years.
Simply bottled it in clear glass at full cask strength (57.4% ABV). It contains no additional colouring, nor has it been chill filtered.
It has recently been named Overall Winner for 2007 by the highly respected Malt Maniacs tasting group! The 27 was the overall top scoring whisky out of all 2007 entries, highlighting once again the consistent quality of Laphroaig

Laphroaig 25 YEAR OLD

Laphroaig 25 year old has been lovingly created by marrying Laphroaig that has been matured in Oloroso Sherry casks with Laphroaig that has been matured in ex-American Bourbon Barrels; both were filled with newly distilled Laphroaig spirit from day one.

When you marry together the sherried, oaky flavours from the 2nd fill European Oak Oloroso Sherry Casks with the creamy, smooth, sweet flavours from the ex American Oak Bourbon barrels you end up with a marriage made in heaven that’s called Laphroaig 25 Years Old. Bottled at 40% ABV, it is a perfect fusion of these two most different styles of maturation flavours, made even smoother by the 25 years it has had gently maturing.

COLOUR Bright Red Gold

NOSE At bottling strength the aroma seems quite closed giving only a rich, sweet scent but a touch of water releases all the multitude of different flavours. The initial sweet, sherry sweetness is quickly followed but the time-honoured Islay peat tang. After this opening burst of flavour there is a smooth fruit ripeness that complements the tang of salt in the background.

BODY Rich round and full

PALATE The burst of peat that fills the mouth is quickly restrained by a sherry sweetness that slowly develops into spicy apple fruitiness

FINISH Very long and warming leaving a distinct tang of Islay

Three types of blends for Scotch

Three types of blends Scotch whisky:
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky means a blend of two or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from different distilleries.

Blended Grain Scotch Whisky means a blend of two or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies from different distilleries.

Blended Scotch whisky means a blend of one or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with one or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies.

The definitions of the five types of Scotch whisky are structured in such a way that the type categories are mutually exclusive. The 2009 regulations changed the formal definition of Blended Scotch Whisky to achieve this result, but in a way that reflected traditional and current practice: before the 2009 SWR, any combination of Scotch Whiskies qualified as a Blended Scotch Whisky, including for example a blend of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
As was the case under the Scotch Whisky Act 1988, Provision 5 of the SWR 2009 stipulates that the only whisky that may be manufactured in Scotland is Scotch whisky. The definition of manufacture is "keeping for the purpose of maturation; and keeping, or using, for the purpose of blending, except for domestic blending for domestic consumption." This provision prevents the existence of two ‘grades’ of whisky originating from Scotland, one “Scotch Whisky” and the other, a “whisky – product of Scotland” that complies with the generic EU standard for whisky. According to the Scotch Whisky Association, allowing non-Scotch whisky production in Scotland would make it difficult to protect Scotch whisky as a distinctive product.

In addition to prohibiting whisky production in Scotland other than Scotch whisky, the law forbids maturing or blending whiskies in Scotland other than Scotch whisky. This prevents descriptions such as “whisky – matured in Scotland” or “whisky – blended in Scotland” on spirits that are not Scotch whisky. The Scotch Whisky Association says this will help ensure “Scotch Whisky” remains a distinctive product.

Single grain
The majority of grain whisky produced in Scotland goes to make blended Scotch whisky. The average blended whisky is 60%–85% grain whisky. Some higher quality grain whisky from a single distillery is bottled as single grain whisky.

Blended or Vatted malt
Blended malt whisky formerly called vatted malt or pure malt (terms that are now prohibited in the SWR 2009)is one of the less common types of Scotch: a blend of single malts from more than one distillery (possibly with differing ages). Blended malts contain only malt whiskies no grain whiskies and are usually distinguished from other types of whisky by the absence of the word ‘single’ before ‘malt’ on the bottle, and the absence of a distillery name. To qualify as a Blended Malt, the mixed single malt whiskies are matured in the barrel for 1 year, after which the age of the vat is that of the youngest of the original ingredients. A blended malt marked “8 years old” may include older whiskies, with the youngest constituent being eight years old before vatting. Johnnie Walker Green is an example of a blended malt. As of November 2009, no Scotch whisky could be labeled as a vatted malt or pure malt, with Scotch Whisky Regulations requiring them to be labeled blended malt instead.

Blended Scotch whisky constitutes over 90% of the whisky produced in Scotland. Blended Scotch whiskies contain both malt whisky and grain whisky. They were initially created as an alternative to single malt whiskies, which some considered too harsh. Producers combine the various malts and grain whiskies to produce a consistent brand style. Notable blended Scotch whisky brands include Bells, Dewar's, Johnnie Walker, Whyte and Mackay, Cutty Sark, J&B, The Famous Grouse.