Glenfiddich was an early advocate of the single malt Scotch category, and their faith is rewarded today by being one of the best-selling Scotch brands in the world. The distillery was built by William Grant in 1886, distilling its first spirit on Christmas day the following year. Today it is still part of the family-owned, William Grant & Sons. They became the first distillery to market their single malt brand in 1963, and were the first to open their facility to visitors. Glenfiddich was an important trailblazer in the whisky industry, who's contribution cannot be forgotten. The scale of their operation today is a testament to this.
The 18 year old Excellence was launched in 1992 and was created to commemorate the 18 descendants of William Grant who helped make Glenfiddich the name it is today (that was the number at the time anyway).
This was replaced in the core range by the 18 year old Ancient Reserve in 1998.