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.
Culture
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.

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