Charles Grant Gordon, who died in New York on December 21, 2013, after a short illness aged 86, was remembered for his contribution to the international drinks trade at special memorial services held in New York on February 18, and in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 21, 2014, states a news release.
The man behind Glenfiddich Single Malt whisky, Charles Grant Gordon, was born in Glasgow in 1927 and became a director of the company in 1953. A great-grandson of William Grant, who founded the Scotch whisky distilleries, Glenfiddich and later Balvenie, Gordon was Life President of William Grant & Sons.
Along with his brother Sandy, Charles turned a small, family run distillery into one of the world’s leading producers of Scotch whiskies including Glenfiddich and Grant’s. He was instrumental in launching Glenfiddich in the international market which marked the beginning of the single malt category as it is known today.
The company’s chief executive, Stella David, said, “Charlie brought an incredible energy to his life’s work. When one looks at the way he always maintained the integrity of our Scotch whiskies whilst at the same time innovating new brands such as Hendricks Gin and Reyka Vodka, it is easy to see why he was so highly regarded throughout the world. The commemorative services in New York and Glasgow are a celebration of long and fruitful life and of a man who contributed so much to the global spirits industry.”
Glenfiddich, the single malt that he took to international acclaim, will be releasing an commemorative blend in his honour – an “extremely rare and ancient whisky” inspired by Charles’ passion, vision and achievements. According to the release, more details will be announced later in 2014.