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Glenfiddich Launches 'The Original' At Goodwood Revival :: 9th September, 2015

Glenfiddich Launches 'The Original' At Goodwood Revival :: 9th September, 2015

11th September 2015, Goodwood: This week at the Goodwood Revival Glenfiddich will launch ‘The Original’ whisky, a unique expression, inspired by our 1963 Glenfiddich Straight Malt. Glenfiddich drams, cocktails and full bottles of The Original will be on sale in the High Street area of the festival in an authentic sixties bar.   

In 1963, our family began actively marketing our “Straight Malt” to the world, effectively establishing the single malt category as it is known today. A reproduction of the original Glenfiddich Straight Malt, this release is an exclusive addition to the family run distiller’s collection of whiskies. 

1963 was the year the whisky world changed forever when Sandy Grant Gordon and Charles Grant Gordon, following in the footsteps of their pioneering forefathers, took the bold decision to launch Glenfiddich “Straight Malt” – the term used to describe single malt – around the globe. Previously, blended whisky dominated the market and single malt was only available to a few in the know. Now, the single malt category as it’s known today was born. 

Today, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, has faithfully replicated the historic taste of Glenfiddich Straight Malt. By skilfully nosing and tasting the original 1963 sample and following the original recipe from one of Glenfiddich’s 1960s leather bound ledgers; he has exactly reproduced its celebrated fresh and fruity taste. 

Brian Kinsman commented: “Glenfiddich has an unrivalled collection of rare and aged single malts from which we can draw on to create innovative whiskies. Using this collection we were able to replicate the original Glenfiddich Straight Malt. Glenfiddich The Original is a true taste of history. It’s an honour to unveil this exclusive whisky which is light and fruity with hints of sherry spice from the European oak sherry butts that were predominantly used in the 1960s.” 

Peter Gordon, Glenfiddich Company Director

Peter Gordon, Glenfiddich Company Director added: “Glenfiddich The Original is testament to the family’s vision and independence, which has allowed us to continuously strive to innovate and create superior whiskies. Glenfiddich The Original is a prime example of this and a tribute to my father, Sandy, and Uncle Charles’ achievement of introducing our single malt Scotch to the world.” 

The heritage of Glenfiddich The Original is reflected through the bottle design. Presented in the iconic triangular bottle, it sits in a classic black presentation box embossed with gold. The expression also comes with a booklet that details the whisky’s rich history, making Glenfiddich The Original a unique experience for single malt aficionados. 

Available from September in luxury whisky retail outlets and premium establishments, Glenfiddich The Original has a recommended retail price of £85.00 for a 70cl bottle which reflects its collectability. 

Also from September the brand film ‘Case of Dreams’ will be aired in national independent cinemas.  This film tells the story of how Sandy Grant Gordon first took the 1963 Glenfiddich Straight Malt to the USA.

Tasting notes:

Colour : Rich Golden. 

Nose :A fruity, floral aroma with the hallmark Glenfiddich hint of pear. Subtle oak notes and a youthful biscuity character. 

Taste : Pleasantly sweet with lively fruit notes and a soft vanilla oakiness. The flavours develop with the addition of a little water and to reveal delicate spices, citrus and fresh baked oatcakes. 

Finish : Deliciously dry.

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