Glenfiddich offers free tours which includes sampling the 12, 15 and 18yo - no need to book. The Explorer's Tour costs £10 and includes a more in depth tour and four whiskies tasted in the VIP suite. The Pioneer's tour lasts 3 hours, costs £75 and includes a taste of the 30yo, as well as a 20cl cask strength sample to take home.
William Grant worked at Mortlach Distillery for 20 years before deciding he had enough experience to start a distillery of his own. Gleniddich's first spirit flowed on 25th December 1887. The distillery was a success and by 1892, Grant had bought more land next door and built Balvenie Distillery. The distilleries are still family owned, and the company also owns 1,200 acres around the Robbie Dhu spring to safeguard its water source.
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The distillery has been expanded several times over the years and is now looking at further increasing its capacity.
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (14 miles), Keith (KEH) (10) or Huntly (HNT) (13). Live train times: ELG, KEH, HNT. The preserved Keith & Dufftown railway runs up to 3 trips a day at weekends in summer and some Fridays too - also during Speyside Festivals.
Glenfiddich is next to Dufftown station, half a mile down the hill from Dufftown Square on the road to Craigellachie.
Glenfiddich's range starts with the 12yo and includes other expressions at 15yo (Solera), 18yo, 21yo (rum finish), a 15yo Distillery Edition at 51% and Rich Oak, a 14yo finished in new casks. A 19yo Madeira finish has recently been added, and older vintages at 30yo, 40yo and 50yo are also available.
Independent bottlings extremely rare - and likely to have been bottled several years ago, tough there wa a Cadenhead's bottling in 2014. The Distillery "teaspoons" any casks sold by the distillery to prevent their use as Glenfiddich Single Malt - the addition of a small amount of another single malt won't affect the taste to any appreciable degree, but it is no longer single malt.
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Nearest Bike shops - Elgin:(17 miles), Huntly (14)
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Autospares of Huntly 49 Duke Street 01466 793682
Charlie Millett Dufftown 01340 820991
Not a shop - has a page on the Dufftown.net website - provides repairs and spares - assisted Whisky Cyclist in 2014 when stranded in Craigellachie with damaged tyre.
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Glenfiddich Distillery are available on Flickr.