by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
September 28, 2003
Our tour followed the same process as the other distilleries but also included a trip to the bottling hall to watch the distinctive triangular-shaped bottles being filled. Glenfiddich is the only single-malt distillery that still bottles on-site, and on the day we visited, they were filling orders for Canada. Through large picture windows we followed the process, which started with a whisky rinse for the already sterilized bottles before they were filled, labeled, and packed into cartons.
Tasting was done in the Malt Barn, which was like a mini-museum with pictures and period furniture from Glenfiddich’s early years, as well as a display of bottles and labels throughout its history. Our sample of 12-year-old Glenfiddich was served in a proper, pear-shaped taster’s glass - a classy touch. One man in the group had orange juice because he was driving, so the guide gave him a mini-bottle to take with him - another classy touch.
As well as the distillery tour, there is an Artists at Glenfiddich exhibit with paintings, sculpture, etc. on display. Picnic tables are spread throughout the park like grounds, and it’s a very pleasant place to take a break.
Glenfiddich is open for tours Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm, from early January to mid-December with additional tours on
summer weekends. The tour is free and lasts approx. 30 minutes. Glenfiddich is also
affiliated with Balvenie Distillery, and tours of Balvenie can be arranged through Glenfiddich. The cost is £5 and the major highlight is the original malting floor, which is still in use.
The gift shop at Glenfiddich is huge, with lots of Glenfiddich and Balvenie brands for sale, as well as whisky fudge, whisky cake, and their own line of high-quality casual clothes at reasonable prices. On display in the shop is a bottle of Glenfiddich from 1937 that sells for £10,000, as well as 30-year-matured Glenfiddich with a crystal decanter that sells for £500.
From journal Following the Whisky Trail