Glenfiddich creates a Christmas tree made of whisky bottles

18 December, 2012

The Glenfiddich distillery is marking the single malt’s 125th anniversary with a Christmas tree made of whisky bottles.

The 10ft tree will take pride of place at the distillery’s home in Dufftown, Scotland, and was made with 665 triangular green bottles.

It has been built to pay homage to the first drop of whisky that flowed from Glenfiddich’s stills on Christmas Day, 1887.

Stuart Watts, Dufftown site leader, said: “The bottle tree is the perfect tribute to the 125th birthday of Glenfiddich – the original Christmas spirit.  

“The fact it was created by our distillery workers makes it even more special.”

Under the guidance of Andy Fairgrieve, coordinator of Glenfiddich’s artists in residence project that brought eight artists from around the globe to Dufftown, distillery engineers and bottling hall staff worked together to build and light the tree.

Fairgrieve said: “Making the tree was quite a challenge but we are delighted with the result and what it stands for.

“Christmas marks a key date in the company’s history and it seemed appropriate to create something special and festive especially since it is 125 years since the first drop of spirit flowed from the distillery’s stills.”

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