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Tue 18 Dec 2012
Glenfiddich Mark 125th Anniversary of Christmas Spirit
Workers at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland are marking the single malt’s 125th anniversary with the creation of a unique Glenfiddich bottle Christmas tree.
The tree, towering over ten feet high, will have pride of place at the distillery’s Dufftown home and has been made using 665 of the single malt’s unique triangular green bottles. It has been built in homage to the first drop of spirit that flowed from Glenfiddich’s stills on Christmas Day 1887.
The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded by William Grant and remains wholly owned by the fifth generation of his family today. William set out to create the finest dram in the valley and now, 125 years later, his pioneering spirit set Glenfiddich on a path to become the world’s best-selling and most awarded single malt Scotch whisky.
Stuart Watts, Dufftown Site Leader at The Glenfiddich Distillery said: “The bottle tree is the perfect tribute to the 125th birthday of Glenfiddich, the original Christmas spirit. The fact it was created by our distillery workers makes it even more special.”
Under the guidance of Andy Fairgrieve, coordinator of Glenfiddich’s Artists in Residence project*, distillery engineers and bottling hall staff worked together to build and light the tree.
Andy Fairgrieve said: “Making the tree was quite a challenge but we are delighted with the result and what it stands for. Christmas marks a key date in the company’s history and it seemed appropriate to create something special and festive especially since it is 125 years since the first drop of spirit flowed from the distillery’s stills.”