Next time you fancy a wee dram you need look no further than your very own Goodwood Glenfiddich.
In an enticing new partnership, the famous Scottish distillery has produced a limited edition blend exclusively for the GRRC. Just 150 bottles of this very special single malt have been produced at the Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland. The Dukes of Richmond and Gordon have for generations owned estates in both Sussex and Scotland.
The connections between Goodwood and Glenfiddich can be traced back to 1836 when the 5th Duke of Gordon passed away and his nephew Charles Lennox, the 5th Duke of Richmond inherited the Glenfiddich estate. At that time, the lands surrounding the River Fiddich were still a hotbed of illicit distillation. The demand for this whisky was so high that whilst many poor tenant farmers would pay their rent in cattle and ducks, those in the Cabrach area, where the Glenfiddich estate was located, were often able to pay in hard cash!
Concerned for the moral welfare of his tenants, the 5th Duke of Gordon had in the 1820s persuaded parliament to introduce a new licensing act which allowed smaller producers to legally produce whisky. It was this act of 1823 that gave rise to the great explosion in distilleries across Scotland, and in Speyside in particular. In 1887 one local family, the Grants established their now world famous Glenfiddich Distillery by the banks of the river Fiddich. Then in 1897, William Grant’s eldest daughter, Isabella married Charles Gordon, whose family farmed land in the Cabrach close to the Duke’s Glenfiddich estate, creating a family dynasty that still independently owns and runs the Glenfiddich distillery to this day.