Glenfiddich is planning a November-December launch for a second newcomer, 1963, which will be a non-age-stated “replica” of the first single malt marketed by the distillery. Glenfiddich malt master Brian Kinsman has been pulling from various casks to match the archived liquid and ledger notes from that historic offering in the finished product of 1963, which will retail around $100.
“At the time, there was an assumption in Scotland that customers wanted blends,” Ralph says. “But Sandy Gordon (then chairman of William Grant), decided that the whisky at Glenfiddich needed to be available for people to try in its native state, and inadvertently he created the global single malt category. This will be a very stripped-down single malt that will allow people to try the real house style of Glenfiddich.”