Glenfiddich (means “valley of the deer” in Scottish Gaelic) is one of the most famous whiskey distillery and brand in the world.
It is sold in about 200 countries and accounts for approximately 35 percent of all single malt sales in the world. Glenfiddich sales in excess of a million cases a year.
Glenfiddich is managed by the fifth generation of William Grant’s descendants.
The distillery was founded between 1886-87 by William Grant. It is located on the outskirts of the town of Dufftown in the Speyside region.
In 1961, Glenfiddich introduced its triangular bottle shape, which was created by designer Hans Schleger.
In the ’70s, W. Grant & Sons expanded their production and introduced advertising campaigns and a visitors’ center.
In 1991, the first-ever vatting of 50 Year Old Glenfiddich was released.
In Star Trek Beyond (2016), Captain James Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy share a drink from a fictionalized Glenfiddich 30-year-old Single Malt.
Glenfiddich matures all of its single malt whiskey on-site, in its complex of 43 warehouses, which have the capacity to hold up to 800’000 casks.
The water source for Glenfiddich whiskey is The Robbie Dhu springs nearby to the distillery.
Like any single malt Scotch, the whiskey is made from malted barley.
It was the first Scotch distillery to adopt the practice of ”continuous mashing.”
Color – Golden
Nose – Beautifully crafted and delicately balanced. Fresh and fruity with a hint of pear.
Taste – Characteristic sweet, fruity notes. Develops into butterscotch and subtle oak flavors.
Finish – A long smooth and mellow finish.
The Glenlivet brand is the biggest selling single malt whiskey in the US, the second biggest selling single malt brand worldwide, and the fourth best selling in the United Kingdom.
The distillery is located in the Speyside region, close to the town of Ballindalloch. It is the oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet.
The distillery was established in 1824 at Upper Drumin by George and his youngest son John Gordon Smith.
“Glenlivet” means “Valley of the Livet” in Galic. The Livet is the river that runs through the valley.
In 1953, Glenlivet Distillery merged with the Glen Grant Distillery to form The Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distillers, Ltd.
In 1970, the company merged with Longmorn-Glenlivet Distilleries and Hill Thomson & Co., Ltd.
In 1972, the company changed its name to Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.
In 1977, Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. was acquired by Canadian drinks company Seagram. In 2000, Seagram’s alcohol production interests were purchased by Diageo and Pernod Ricard.
Since 2001, the distillery is owned by Pernod Ricard, a French company that produces alcoholic beverages.
Patrick Ricard, a second-generation head of Pernod Ricard, said: ”We’ll make Glenlivet number one,” after the company acquired Glenlivet.
In 2013, Glenlivet has adopted the slogan ”Discover the single malt that started it all” – in Holland.
The production capacity of the distillery stands at about 10.5 million liters per year.
The whiskey is aged in various types of casks including Oloroso sherry, American oak, French, or a combination of multiple cask types.
The malt comes from Crisp Maltings, Portgordon.
The water used in production is drawn from Josie’s Well.
Color – Bright, vibrant gold.
Nose – Fruity and summery.
Taste – Flowery, peachy, delicate balance between sweetness and malty dryness.
Finish – Long, smooth.
Bottom Line – Glenfiddich 12 vs Glenlivet 12
Glenfiddich 12 was the winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition, aged for 12 years in American and European Oak casks. In 2012, it won a Gold Medal at the Scotch Whisky Masters. It is cheap and easy to find for the occasional drinker or beginner. Not the best, but not the worst.
Glenlivet 12 is the signature offering from the Glenlivet distillery. In 2010, the whiskey has won a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. It has a soft smooth balance of the floral notes of spring flowers and sweet summer fruits.
Regarding their price, Glenfiddich 12 and Glenlivet 12 have a similar price, around $48 for a 750.0ml bottle. These are definitely my favorite whiskeys around this price range. The only negative I can say about Glenlivet 12 and Glenfiddich 12 is that it makes you want to drink more often than usual.