Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Gran Reserva Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured for 21 years in traditional oak casks. After its initial maturation, the whisky is double-barreled, or finished, for an additional four months in casks that were previously used to mature Caribbean rum. As a result of this finishing process, the whisky has a dark golden color, along with an aroma of figs, bananas, toffee and new leather. The aroma gives way to notes of pepper, oak, citrus, ginger and spices on the palate, and leads to a long, warming finish.
In 1886, William Grant, along with the help of his nine children and a single stone mason, began construction of the Glenfiddich Distillery, situated in the Speyside region of Scotland. After a year of hard labor, the first drop of whisky fell from the distillery's copper-pot stills on Christmas Day 1887. Today, Grant's passion, determination and pioneering spirit continue to guide Glenfiddich Distillery, which is stewarded by the fifth generation of the Grant family.
Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch is made exclusively from malted barley, which is milled and mashed with water sourced from Robbie Dhu spring. The crystal clear spring water, which is bottled directly at the source, is incredibly pure — the distillery purchased 1,200 acres around the spring decades ago in order to protect its unique water supply. After the barley has been mashed, it is fermented in wooden fermentation tanks made of Douglas Fir. While wooden fermentation tanks are more expensive and difficult to maintain as compared to stainless steel tanks, they absorb a portion of the heat generated during fermentation, and thus, enable a slower and longer fermentation process. Following fermentation, the wash is twice-distilled through Glenfiddich's copper-pot stills (the distillery employs a craftsman onsite to tend to the stills, which are unique in shape and size) before the heart of the distillate is cut and prepared for maturation.
The whisky earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and earned a score of 93 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.
Bottle Size: 750mL