Saturday, January 25, 2014

Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage Unveiled

New single malt released to celebrate 125 years of pioneering whisky making


JAKARTA, 22 January 2014 - Glenfiddich, the World’s Most Awarded single malt, reveals the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage, one of the rarest whiskies ever released by the whisky maker - only 286 bottles will be available. Celebrating 125 years of whisky making at The Glenfiddich Distillery, this limited edition 25 Year Old whisky, is the latest addition to the coveted Glenfiddich Rare Collection.

This special whisky is steeped in history. It was casked in a European Oak sherry butt on Christmas Day 1987, Glenfiddich’s centenary anniversary. A quarter of a century later, Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman pre-selected a small number of the special centenary casks so that  on the 125th anniversary of the first spirit running from the distillery’s stills, Glenfiddich founder William Grant’s great-great grandson Peter Gordon and his son Dougal could choose cask number 19996 to become the Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage.

Commenting on the release Company Director Peter Gordon said: “It was an honour to select this whisky. Born of two momentous anniversaries for our distillery, this whisky truly reflects the pioneering spirit that has underpinned our 125 year history and my great-great grandfather’s legacy of making ‘the best dram in the valley’.”

Bronze in colour, Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage has a nose of rich fruit cake, toasted almonds and cinnamon flavours, underpinned by a zesty citrus note enveloped in vanilla sweetness, allowing hints of liquorice, leather and ground coffee. On the tongue it takes on a beautiful velvety texture, rich and spicy with a sweet sherbety flavour. The depth of oak tannin creates an intriguing balance of sweet and dry with a luxurious mouth coating oiliness, which is decadently succeeded by a long-lasting, sweet, oaky finish.

Brian Kinsman, Malt Master added: “Bottled from just one European oak sherry cask and testament to the uniqueness of this exclusive whisky, Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage has a cask-strength ABV of 55.2%. Glenfiddich has been family run since 1887 and with the freedom of independence and the foresight of long term planning, we have created the largest collection of single malt stock anywhere in the world. It allows to us to create exceptional and fantastic tasting whisky.”

To complement a whisky of this calibre, prestige and quality, each individually numbered bottle is finished with a rustic copper and blue design and is presented in its own beautiful case.
The Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage has been available from 9th September, before the strictly limited bottles travel from the distillery to whisky connoisseurs and prestigious establishments around the world. Each bottle will sell for a minimum of USD1,168.


Glenfiddich Tasting Notes


COLOUR: Bronze
NOSE: Rich fruit cake, toasted almonds, cinnamon and a zesty citrus note enveloped in vanilla sweetness. Hints of liquorice, leather and ground coffee
TASTE: A beautiful velvety texture. Rich and spicy with a sweet sherbety flavour, the depth of oak tannin creates an intriguing balance of sweet and dry with a luxurious mouth coating oiliness
FINISH: Long lasting with a sweet oakiness


About William Grant & Sons and Glenfiddich
William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1886. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch Grant’s® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry®, Milagro® Tequila and, most recently, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

Recent Awards:
International Spirits Challenge 2013
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 30 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 40 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Ultimate 38 Year Old


Scotch Whisky Masters Awards 2013
  • Master: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
  • Master: Glenfiddich Ultimate 38 Year Old
  • Master: Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Rich Oak
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask Finish
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 40 Year Old


International Wine and Spirit Competition 2013
Trophy for Single Malt Cask Strength: Glenfiddich 40 Year Old
  • Gold Outstanding: Glenfiddich 40 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 30 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 21 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 15 Year Old
  • Gold: Glenfiddich Rich Oak
  • Gold: Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

Click on www.williamgrant.com for more information on the Company and its brands.