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Glenfiddich Distillery Festive Tribute To The Angels Share

20th December 2013
Glenfiddich Distillery workers create a set of angel wings made from whisky cask shavings, their Christmas tribute to the Angels’ Share.

It appears that the festive season brings out the artistic side of the workers at the Glenfiddich distillery, last Christmas the Glenfiddich workers created a ten feet high Christmas tree which they made using 665 of the single malt’s unique triangular green bottles. This year the artistic bunch at the Glenfiddich Distillery have made a festive tribute to the ‘angel’s share’, the whisky lost each year due to evaporation.

Glenfiddich’s coopers and the curator of the brand’s world-renowned Artists in Residence programme, Andy Fairgrieve, worked together to create a unique artwork in the form of a special set of angel wings featuring oak cask shavings for feathers.

Andy Fairgrieve said: "Glenfiddich was first distilled on Christmas Day 1887 by William Grant and his family after a year of hard work building the distillery. Christmas Day marks a special time for the distillery family and each year we like to get into the Christmas spirit. Last year, we created a Christmas tree from Glenfiddich bottles to mark our 125th anniversary. This year, we wanted to do something else to commemorate our rich history and heritage.

"Every bottle of Glenfiddich, no matter where you buy it in the world, was distilled and matured onsite here in Dufftown. As the whisky in our casks matures over time, a tiny percentage is lost due to evaporation. This is known as the angel’s share. The wings are our Christmas tribute to Dufftown’s lucky angels."

Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt whisky distilleries in Scotland that remains family owned and on Christmas Day, the fifth and sixth generations of the Grant family will raise a glass of the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky.

The specially created wings will be on display in Glenfiddich’s Warehouse One over the festive period.

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