In a nutshell: A vibrant, full flavoured and spicy Speyside single malt finished in ex-Caribbean rum casks.
The lowdown: Patiently matured for 21 years, the final stage of this process results in even warmer and richer flavours by uniquely 'finishing' this single malt in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels that once contained Caribbean rum. The rum-soaked casks infuse the aged whisky with a spicy warmth, coupled with an indulgent vanilla and toffee sweetness, allowing the warmth of the Caribbean to shine through. This adds a sumptuous, sweet rich and creamy intensity to the whisky, whilst still retaining that unmistakeable Glenfiddich character.
It was William Grant of Dufftown who started Glenfiddich in 1886 and from then till now the firm has remained wholly owned by the Grant family and it's now fifth generation who are running things. Over time they've expanded to include three other malt distilleries, Balvenie, Kininvie and Ailsa Bay, a grain plant at Girvan and other brands such as Monkey Shoulder and Hendricks gin.
On visiting the distillery you can't help but be impression by its scale. The 35 hectare site contains a cooperage, coppersmith, bottling lines, a vast warehousing complex and two stillhouses containing 28 stills by some distance the largest number in Scotland. Today, Glenfiddich remains the worlds best-selling single malt with sales in excess of a million cases a year.