Glenfiddich was founded in 1886 by William Grant. The distillery is situated in Dufftown in the famed Speyside region, an area home to more than half of all the distilleries in Scotland. The north east of Scotland is also known for it’s sometimes inhospitable weather conditions and one particularly harsh winter created an almost catastrophic scenario at the distillery just a few years ago.
In late 2009 the Speyside region was suffering one of it’s worst winters in recent memory and by the January of 2010 snow had been falling relentlessly for weeks, leaving the Glenfiddich distillery completely buried by more than a metre of snow. On the night of January 7th, following further heavy snowfall, the sheer weight of snow brought the roof of the Glenfiddich warehouse crashing down, jeopardising the precious whisky slumbering below. The alarm was raised and hardy distillery workers answered the call, toiling through the night in temperatures of -19C to clear the snow and rescue as many casks as possible. Thanks to their hard work, the distillery suffered only minimal losses and soon, a special bottling, entitled the ‘Snow Phoenix’ was released to commemorate the dedication of the distillery staff.
Today, Glenfiddich remains under the ownership of the Grant family and enjoys a position as the best selling single malt brand in the world due, in large part to the worldwide popularity of their 12 year old expression, bottled at 40% and available in the UK for around £30.
Smell: The nose is Fresh and Floral with Apples and Pears, Malt and Honey and a touch of Citrus Fruits.
Taste: Honey and Caramel on the palate with Apple, Pear and Lemon. Sometimes a dram can completely contradict the nose when tasted, not so with the Glenfiddich 12, it all comes together in one harmonious package.
Value for Money: As a solid, dependable, every day dram it is the safest of safe buys.
Score: 42 / 50.
If you go into a bar, anywhere in the world, no matter how remote, and ask for a single malt scotch, it is a safe bet that you’ll be given a 12 year old Glenfiddich. There’s a reason for that: it is a wonderfully consistent single malt that appeals to spirit drinkers across the board and I have often recommended Glenfiddich to those looking for an entry point into the world of whisky. Partly, so as not to frighten them off with some of the bolder, brasher spirit we as a nation produce but also because it is a well made, well matured whisky with subtle, refined character that should inspire the drinker to take their interest further.
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