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Glenfiddich (Foss)

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GLENFIDDICH (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Hugh Foss Rose Collection of Scottish Dances

1- 8 1s+2s set, cross RH; 1s+2s set to each other (up/down Man to Man, Lady to Lady), change places Men RH, Ladies LH. (2)(1)3
9-16 1s+3s ½ Fig of 8 across (start 1s cross down, 3s cast up); ½ Reels of 3 on sides (start 1s cross up) (3)(1)(2)
17-24 3s+1s+2s Adv&Ret, cross RH; 3s+1s+2s Adv&Ret, 3s+2s cross LH while 1s turn LH to face 3rd corner position
25-32 1s ½ diagonal Reel of 4 with 1st corners, pass LSh; 1s ½ diagonal Reel of 4 with 2nd corners. 213


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Glenfiddich is a Speyside single malt Scotch whisky produced by William Grant And Sons in Dufftown, Scotland.

Glenfiddich (pronounced "glen-fidd-ik, with the emphasis on the second syllable) means "valley of the deer" in Scottish Gaelic, which is why the Glenfiddich logo is a stag.

The Glenfiddich Distillery was founded in 1886 by William Grant in Dufftown, Scotland, in the glen of the River Fiddich. The Glenfiddich single malt whisky first ran from the stills on Christmas Day, 1887.

In the 1920s, with prohibition in force in the USA, Glenfiddich was one of a very small number of distilleries to increase production. This put them in a strong position to meet the sudden rise in demand for fine aged whiskies that came with the repeal of prohibition.

In the 1950s, the Grant family built up an onsite infrastructure that included coppersmiths to maintain the copper stills, and a dedicated cooperage that is now one of the very few remaining in distilleries. In 1956 the Grant's brand launched the now-iconic triangular bottle, designed by Hans Schleger.

Following difficult times in the 1960s and '70s, many small, independent distillers were bought up or went out of business. In order to survive, W. Grant And Sons expanded their production of the drink, and introduced advertising campaigns and a visitors' centre. In this period they also took the decision to begin marketing single malt as a premium brand in its own right, effectively creating the modern single malt whisky category.

Later, W. Grant And Sons was one of the first distilleries to package its bottles in tubes and gift tins, as well as recognising the importance of the duty-free market for spirits. This marketing strategy was successful, and Glenfiddich has now become the world's best-selling single malt. It is sold in 180 countries, and accounts for about 35% of single malt sales.

Glenfiddich is currently managed by the fifth generation of William Grant's descendants.

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