For my father's birthday last month I presented him with the opportunity to join the Glenfiddich Pioneer Tour. He has spent most of his working life in the distilling industry and so knows a thing or two about the products and processes. This tour far exceeded his expectations and the 3 hours this tour lasts for went past too quickly for his liking...
Sue, our guide for the afternoon displayed a very high standard of knowledge (technical and Brand orientated), and enthusiasm for the company & Brand, and she obviously enjoys her role meeting so many people.
The tour was pitched just right for guests who know the basics and are looking for that "something extra". Sue was able to answer all questions in depth and with significant technical detail that is surely way above what you would normally expect from a distillery tour guide. This technical information during the tour was very well balanced with evidence of her Brand knowledge and also stories about the original family members who built the distillery.
When you get to the warehouse you get to fill your own bottle straight from a cask and because this was a present for my father, I chose the same cask (from 4 options), as him and let him keep the bottle he filled and taste my one - amber nectar indeed!
The 2nd best highlight of the tour (saved the best til last), however was near the end when we were taken to the new tasting suite where you can see various items & artifacts dating back to when William Grant was still alive.
Then, what my father really appreciated was the tutored nosing & tastings of 6 single malts, the oldest being their 30 year old. This experience was not rushed in the slightest, in fact we overran by quite a while and this meant we were able to enjoy and compare all 6 samples accompanied by Sue's detailed and informative descriptions.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a more exclusive experience and it was certainly well worth the £75.
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