For 20 years William Grant nurtured a dream to make the ‘best dram in the valley’. With the help of his family, he finally achieved that vision. In the summer of 1886, with his seven sons and two daughters by his side, William set out to fulfil a lifelong ambition. Together they began building his Distillery by hand, stone by stone. After a single year of work it was ready and William named it Glenfiddich, Gaelic for Valley of the Deer. On Christmas day 1887, the first drops of the now loved spirit falls from the copper stills, and the journey began.
In 1923, Grant's grandson, Grant Gordon joins the firm. In the time of prohibition, he shocked many by increasing the production. Glenfiddich were just one of six distilleries running during this time, ready to meet the demand for fine, aged whiskies. By 1959 onsite coppers were present in the distillery, and to this day they have one of the only onsite copperages left. 1963 saw the release of Glenfiddich outside of Scotland, introducing single malt whisky to the masses.
Special releases from the distillery started appearing from 1987, with the release of their 100th anniversary bottling. Glenfiddich have gone on to release numerous and in 1998, the introduced the Solera Vat, used to craft their 15 year aged releases. Glenfiddich are known for producing some of the finest single malts available worldwide today.