Glenfiddich - “The Valley of The Deer” is the mesmerising landscape where William Grant, our visionary founder, turned his life long dreams into a reality.

The original, handbuilt Glenfiddich Distillery was completed in 1887 following a year of intense, back-breaking labour by William and his family. William’s dream was to create “the best dram in the valley” and this ambition remains at the heart of our activities today (although we may have extened our reach a little!) A warm welcome still awaits today’s visitors who’ll find ancient earthy aromas, traditional tall copper tuns and old stone walls meld with an alive, happy vibrance and pioneering spirit.

It has taken over 125 years and 5 generations of family ownership, passion and drive to ensure Glenfiddich is the most-awarded Single Malt in the world today. We fondly believe our founder would be pleased with his legacy and proud that his driving principles of quality, tradition, exploration and innovation remain at our very core.

Our extended family

Glenfiddich Distillery and everything that has followed is the result of William Grant, his seven sons, two daughters and a single stone mason working with a single-minded passion to achieve excellence. Since those times the William Grant family has been extended to include all those who, over many generations, have helped shape us into what we are today. We are constantly growing, evolving and improving, still striving for excellence, still retaining those same founding values. As a testament to this, we are now one of the only remaining family owned independent producers of Single Malt in Scotland.

Innovation, exploration, invention

To create outstanding, consistently awarding-winning Single Malts requires patience, knowledge, experience and of course those little family secrets that only the inner-circles are privy to. As well as perfecting our core ranges, a constant drive for discovery has meant a wide range of unique, rare and remarkable Single Malts proudly bear the Glenfiddich name. In their tireless search over the years ,our Malt Masters have independently invented new distilling and maturing methods such as the celebrated Solera Vat. They have tirelessly worked to perfect the art of blending for flavour and consistency. Every expression our Malt Masters approve for release is something they are willing stake their reputations on.

Interesting historical facts of Glenfiddich

  • Workers at the Glenfiddich distillery on Christmas Day, 1887
     

    1887

    William Grant fulfils a lifelong ambition and starts building his own distillery with the help of his nine children and a single stone mason. He names it Glenfiddich, Gaelic for Valley of the Deer. After a year of hard labour the first drop of spirit falls from our copper stills on Christmas Day 1887.

  • Grant Gordon and the end of Prohibition in the USA
     

    1923

    Prohibition is in full swing. William's grandson Grant Gordon joins the family firm, suprises the industry and increases whisky production. As the decade and the law turns, we are one of only six distilleries still operating in Scotland. Ready to meet a new surge in demand for fine, aged whiskies.

  • Old copper stills at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown
     

    1957

    Charles Gordon, William's great grand son, insists on having coppersmiths onsite at the Distillery. They are rare and skilled craftsmen, always on hand to build and tend to our uniquely shaped and sized copper stills.

  • A cooper at work at the Glenfiddich distillery, 1959
     

    1959

    Soon after coppersmiths are brought onsite, Gordon Grant builds up a dedicated cooperage. Never underestimating the importance of casks in developing exceptional whiskies, our onsite cooperage is one of the few that remain in distilleries today.

  • Iconic triangular bottle of Glenfiddich straight malt, designed by Hans Schleger
     

    1961

    Water, air and malted barley. A trinity expertly crafted to make a Glenfiddich whisky. It inspires influential 20th century designer Hans Schleger to create a radical design of the time, our triangular bottle.

  • 60s newspaper article about the success of Glenfiddich single malt in the USA
     

    1963

    Sandy Grant Gordon, great grandson of William, is so proud of our single malt that he makes Glenfiddich the first to be actively promoted outside Scotland. Consumers around the world used to drinking blended whisky, are initiated to the delights of single malt. Until then a well-kept secret of the Scots.

  • Cask of Glenfiddich's commemorative 100 year anniversary whisky
     

    1987

    A special time at our Distillery. We celebrate our 100 year anniversary with a centenary bottling commemorating our founder and his dream to create 'the best dram in the valley'.

  • First release of the rare Glenfiddich 50 Year Old, 1991
     

    1991

    One of the most collectable and rare whiskies is released. The first ever vatting of our 50 Year Old. Married to perfection from nine casks laid down in the 1930s, we honour each of William Grant's children who helped to build our family distillery.

  • Whisky malt master David Stewart with a Glenfiddich Solera Vat
     

    1998

    Independent as ever, invention flourishes at Glenfiddich. With over 35 years of experience and industry-wide recognition, our fifth Malt Master creates the Solera Vat. A pioneering process used to craft our 15 Year Old. An expression, which to this day is awarded for its complex and intense flavours.

  • A warehouse master nosing a dram of Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937
     

    2001

    We release the oldest single malt whisky. In 1937, cask 843 was filled and began its 64-year journey. Along the way, while ten consecutive Warehouse Masters watched over it, the angels took their share. Leaving only 61 bottles of this very rare whisky.

  • Hallmark of Glenfiddich 50 Year Old whisky, made from hand-stitched leather & Scottish silver
     

    2009

    The second vatting of our 50 Year Old. Only 50 hand-blown, individually numbered bottles are released each year. Hallmarked in Scottish silver and finished in hand-stitched leather. Just like the leather-bound journal William carefully kept.

  • Collapsed roofs at the Glenfiddich warehouse, 2010
     

    2010

    Extreme snow fall collapses some of our warehouse roofs exposing precious, maturing casks to the winter sky. Our warehousemen work around the clock in -19°C to save every one. As a tribute to them, our Malt Master creates Snow Phoenix. He marries the finest of the rescued casks to create a limited edition single malt. Born out of chance and adversity.

  • Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 55 year old single malt whisky
     

    2011

    The most expensive single malt sells at auction. We honour Scotland's oldest woman, admired and respected for her achievements in education. Janet Sheed Roberts is the last grandchild of our founder. Only 11 bottles of Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve are released worldwide. Each are auctioned for charity, setting world records.

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