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GLENFIDDICH DISTILLERY VISIT 2012

The pictures in the slide show at the right, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.

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GLENFIDDICH DISTILLERY VISIT 2010

When visiting Dufftown out of the 7 stills of Dufftown the Glenfiddich distillery is the only one that is doing tours. So if you are in the area you need to visit the distillery. Glenfiddich is the best selling single malt whisky worldwide. Even when you would take out the Glenfiddich 12 year old, that would mean that they would take the number 1 seat, with the Glenfiddich 12 year old and taking for sure a top 5 location with the rest of their whiskies. When  visiting the distillery, you can get a free tour and if that is not enough, at the end you are presented with 3 drams – the Glenfiddich 12-, 15- and 18-year-old.

 

William Grant built the Glenfiddich distillery in little over year, together with his nine children. The first whisky was distilled on Christmas Day 1887. Since then the distillery grew into a giant distilling more than 10,000,000 litres of alcohol per year. Glenfiddich was the first whisky to be bottled as a single malt by their owner. With a great marketing effort Glenfiddich got the position it nowadays has in the spirits industry. Ever since it was founded the company is still in the hands of the Grants family. William Grant & Sons is still owned by the descendants of William Grant. Not only is the distillery still in family hands, their staff seems to spend the whole working career at the distillery. The number of employees that are with the company for 40 or more years is rather high. And they are held in high esteem by their employer.

 

When William Grant built his distillery, he used old stills from the Cardow distillery to start distilling. The Glenfiddich Distillery Co was born. In 1963 the first distillery bottling was released. One of the things that distinguished Glenfiddich and their blend Grant’s from the rest is unmistakenly their triangular bottle. Since that time the shape of the bottle has changed and they have increased their range, but their position in the market in still unchanged.

 

BALVENIE – GLENFIDDICH DISTILLERY VISIT 2008

The pictures in the slide show at the right, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.

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GLENFIDDICH DISTILLERY VISIT 2007

The pictures in the slide show at the left, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.

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GLENFIDDICH DISTILLERY VISIT 2006

Glenfiddich is the number 1 in world sales. Surely this is one of the reasons that the distillery is receiving huge crowds of visitors. A nice tour does the rest. Here everything is bigger, 2 mash tun, wash backs in a number that you can’t even see all of them, and 2 still houses, of which you will visit one.

         It all shows, Glenfiddich has their own cooperage for repairing casks and de-charring and charring casks. They have a range of huge tanks outside, near the filling station where the spirit is casks. Transport of spirit or whisky to other places will always go per ‘tanker’, which means that spirit that has to be bottled will be taken out of the casks, put into a tank and than loaded onto a ‘tanker’. They also have a bottling line at the distillery, where they do part of their own bottling. A huge operation, which I haven’t seen at any other distillery yet. Although you won’t see all of this during a distillery tour it shows how big this distillery is.

         One of the things they may even be most proud of is that the company is still within the family that founded the distillery. The family still has a huge interest in the distillery.

         What will you see. At the start they show a video telling how William Grant started the Glenfiddich distillery. You will get a tour through the distillery in which there are looking glasses in one of the mash tuns and most of the wash backs. A still house in which if you look carefully, you will see that not all stills are alike.

         The visitor centre you will visit after that gives you the change to look at, enjoying a dram, some old relics, and a look of information about their advertising campaigns and all of the cultural activities that are sponsored by Glenfiddich. Of course, you will end your tour in the visitor shop which holds a huge selection of Glenfiddich and other William Grant’s whiskies.

 

Distillery information:

THE GLENFIDDICH DISTILLERY

Dufftown

Banffshire  AB55 4DH

 

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