- Pronunciation: glen-FID-ik
- Meaning: Valley of the deer
- Founded: 1886
- Region: Speyside
- Status: Operational
- Owner: William Grant & Sons
- Production Capacity: 12,000,000 litres a year
In 1886, William Grant, his seven sons and two daughters took a year to build the distillery. The first spirit was produced on Christmas day 1887.To this day the distillery is owned by the same family, William Grant & Sons.
In 1963 Glenfiddich was one of the first distilleries to realise the benefits of the malt market and decided to actively advertise their whisky outside the UK. Now Glenfiddich is arguably the best selling single malt in the world.
In 1991 Glenfiddich released their first 50 year old, a marriage of 9 casks, one to honour each of the founding children. This was followed up in 2009 with a second 50 year old release, a marriage of two casks. It was decided that this release would be rationed leading to just 50 bottles being released per year for the next ten years.
In 2001 Glenfiddich launched what at the time was the oldest whisky ever bottled. Distilled in 1937 and bottled 64 years later, cask 843 poured out a limited number of only 61 bottles.
There are many older vintage and older releases of Glenfiddich, usually very limited in quantity.One such was the Janet Sheen Roberts Reserve .Eleven bottles of 55 year old malt were created and quickly became more expensive than the 1937 release.
A particularly snowy winter in Scotland in 2010 led to a number of warehouse roofs collapsing. Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix was created, rising from its collapsed warehouse.Vatted stock varies in age up to 37 years old,and as a result the Snow Phoenix has quickly become a collectors icon.
It’s not only single cask, old vintages and limited releases that are popular auction items from Glenfiddich, they used to produce the Glenfiddich Malt Whisky Liqueur, now discontinued. However, there are endless numbers of people still searching for the odd bottle.