Glenfiddich is an iconic brand of single malt. Glenfiddich is produced in Speyside, Scotland, a place known as the sacred land of Scotch whisky, and continues to attract whisky fans around the world more than a century after it was founded.
So, in this article, we’ll explain the history of Glenfiddich and its production process, and then we’ll pick out six of its most popular varieties. If you want to enjoy the deep world of Scotch whisky, this is a great place to start.
What is Glenfiddich?
Glenfiddich means “Valley of the Deer” in Gaelic. Glenfiddich, with its deer icon, is a popular single malt whisky in Japan for its refreshing taste and reasonable price.
In the 1960s, when blended whisky, a blend of malt and grain whisky, was the norm, this brand is famous for being the first to be released as a single malt. It was an innovative experiment at the time, but its lightness of taste has made it popular among many people, and today Glenfiddich boasts one of the world’s top shares of the single malt market.
History of Glenfiddich
In 1887, Mr. William Grant built Glenfiddich Distillery in the Spey River Valley in northern Scotland with his nine children, almost by hand.
In the 1920s, when Prohibition was strictly enforced, the distillery continued to increase production with innovative ideas, and in the 1950s, it employed a copper worker to repair the distillery’s stills and installed a coopers edge to maintain the barrels.
In 1963, Glenfiddich was released as a single malt before any other company, making it famous around the world. Since then, production has steadily increased and Glenfiddich has grown to become a leading single malt brand. More than 130 years after its inception, the family business still maintains its traditional methods and taste.
Glenfiddich Distillery Method
Glenfiddich’s process is a traditional method of grinding selected barley, then fermenting and distilling it using Robbie Dew spring water from the property. Every step of the process, from distillation to bottling, is strictly controlled.
A unique feature of the distillery is that it employs professional artisans at each stage of production. For example, a stillman, a distiller, hand-determines the critical “high cut point” of the distillation process, and the copper distillers maintain the easily deformed copper stills at all times.
A master distiller, who is responsible for quality control, is also on hand to ensure uniformity of flavor. The malt master mixes the original liquor to reduce the variations in taste that can occur during the maturation period, and the final taste is determined by the malt master.
Types of Glenfiddich
Glenfiddich 12 years
The bottle is aged for a minimum of 12 years in American oak and European sherry barrels and then post-matured. It is sweet and fruity, with a refreshing nose of pear and lemon. It leaves a hint of sweetness on the palate and fills the mouth with a delicate, light taste.
It is recommended for first-time drinkers of Glenfiddich as it is one of the least fruity and easy to drink of the series, and has won numerous awards, including a gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge in 2014.
Glenfiddich 15 years Solera Reserve
This bottle of whisky is aged in three different types of barrels (bourbon, new white oak, and sherry) and then post-aged for about six months in a large vat called a solera butt.
It has a sweet, fruity aroma with hints of honey and a smooth, spicy taste; it’s fuller and more mature than the 12-year-old, so it’s a great choice for those who want a deeper, richer taste.In 2015, it won a gold medal at the Scotch Whisky Masters.
Glenfiddich 18 Year Small Batch Reserve
The bottle is deep and rich in flavor. The original wine is matured for a minimum of 18 years in American oak and Spanish Oloroso Sherry barrels and then aged for a minimum of 3 months in smaller barrels called small batch.
It has a rich barrel aroma reminiscent of baked apples and cinnamon, with a taste of dried fruit. It also has a warm, long finish, so it’s recommended for those who want to take their time.
Glenfiddich 21 years Grand Reserva
The original wine is aged for a minimum of 21 years in European sherry and American oak barrels, and then aged for 4 months in Caribbean rum barrels.
It has a complex flavor profile with notes of vanilla and floral notes, as well as exotic ginger and figs from the barrels. The richness of the ripening aroma lingers on for a long time after drinking. We recommend this bottle, which offers a variety of flavors, including sweet and spicy, each time you drink it.
Glenfiddich IPA EXPERIMENT
This is a collaborative bottle with Speyside Craft Brewery, a craft brewery located in the same Speyside region. This brand challenges the innovative process of using beer barrels in which India Pale Ale (IPA) is laid down to age the original beer.
The fruity flavor of Glenfiddich’s original pear flavor is combined with the hoppiness and sweetness of the pale ale to create a unique taste. It’s a great choice for single malt lovers and beer lovers alike.
Glenfiddich Project XX
Twenty world-famous malt masters have selected this bottle from their cellars to create a unique combination of original sake. Because of its high price and limited distribution, this bottle is also recommended as a gift.
It is characterized by a deep, mellow and noble taste. It is a perfect blend of mellow and spicy flavors, and you can enjoy different flavors in your mouth one after another. If you’re looking for a single malt that will make a great gift, check it out.
Recommended ways to drink Glenfiddich
If you want to enjoy the true flavor of single malt directly, we recommend pouring it into a shot glass and drinking it straight. Don’t drink it all at once like tequila, but sip it little by little to enjoy its complex flavor and aroma.
If you are not a strong drinker or a whiskey beginner, we recommend drinking a highball, which is a soda drink. Sipping it with soda opens up the aroma and gives it a rich, mellow flavor, and it’s light and easy to drink. When drinking highballs, try adding a few drops of lemon or lime at the end for an even better taste.
The first drop of Glenfiddich was dripped from a barrel on Christmas Day, December 24, 1963. The traditional recipe has been handed down through human hands and experience, and the taste of Glenfiddich has remained unchanged for over a century. We hope you enjoy the depth of the single malt world with the help of this article.