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Glenfarclas

The Glenfarclas whisky distillery draws its water from pure springs on the rugged Ben Rinnes mountain range, which looms omnipresent in the distant reaches. The distillery sits in the moors of Banffshire, just a mile from the River Spey. Glenfarclas has always been, and it seems will remain to be, one of Scotland's only family run distilleries. Accordingly, there is a strong degree of independence. Prized by connoisseurs, the single malt whiskies of Glenfarclas are matured almost solely in sherry butts and are aged in the substantial onsite warehousing facilities; the 28 warehouses hold 52,000 casks.

One of the few Scotch makers never to use exotic woods for maturation, Glenfarclas retains its integrity. The distillery was first founded in 1836 by Robert Hay. However, there is some evidence that there was a distillery on the site over a century prior. Following Robert’s death in 1865, John and George Grant acquired the distillery for '511 pounds and 19 shillings'. They leased it to the Glenlivet’s John Smith. John Smith chose to pursue his newly founded Cragganmore distillery instead and in 1870 Messrs Grant ran Glenfarclas once more.

After the Second World War, and the resultant abolition of rationing, the distillery's fortunes were good and in 1960 Glenfarclas doubled its stills to four. In 1972, the surge in demand left the onsite floor maltings less than ample to cope, accordingly malted barley was bought in. The whisky distillery has an extensive range of single malt whiskies, particularly so after the 2007 release of the Family Casks range with a bottling from every vintage between 1952 and 1994. The distillery also operates a visitor centre, lavishly decorated with items from the ocean liner ‘Empress of Australia’, the centre features a room named accordingly: ‘The Ship’s Room’.

Glenfarclas Whisky Distillery

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About Glenfarclas Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01807 500257

Distillery Founded

1836

Distillery Capacity

3 000 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9BD

Distillery Owner

J. & G. Grant

Distillery Address

Marypark, Ballindalloch, Banffshire

Distillery Website

www.glenfarclas.co.uk

1836

Robert Hay founds the distillery on the original site since 1797.

1865

Robert Hay passes away and John Grant and his son George buy the distillery for £511.19s on 8th June. They lease it to John Smith at The Glenlivet Distillery.

1870

John Smith resigns in order to start Cragganmore and J. & G. Grant Ltd takes over.

1889

John Grant dies and George Grant takes over.

1890

George Grant dies and his widow Barbara takes over the license while sons John and George control operations.

1895

John and George Grant take over and form The Glenfarclas-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd with the infamous Pattison, Elder & Co.

1898

Pattison becomes bankrupt. Glenfarclas encounters financial problems after a major overhaul of the distillery but survives by mortgaging and selling stored whisky to R. I. Cameron, a whisky broker from Elgin.

1914

John Grant leaves due to ill health and George continues alone.

1948

The Grant family celebrates the distillery’s 100th anniversary, a century of active licensing. It is 9 years late, as the actual anniversary coincided with WW2.

1949

George Grant senior dies and sons George Scott and John Peter inherit the distillery.

1960

Stills are increased from two to four.

1968

Glenfarclas is first to launch a cask-strength single malt. It is later named Glenfarclas 105.

1972

Floor maltings is abandoned and malt is purchased centrally.

1973

A visitor centre is opened.

1976

Enlargement from four stills to six.

2001

Glenfarclas launches its first Flower of Scotland gift tin which becomes a great success and increases sales by 30%.

2002

George S Grant dies and is succeeded as company chairman by his son John L S Grant

2003

Two new gift tins are released (10 years old and 105 cask strength).

2005

A 50 year old is released to commemorate the bi-centenary of John Grant´s birth.

2006

Ten new vintages are released.

2007

Family Casks, a series of single cask bottlings from 43 consecutive years, is released.

2008

New releases in the Family Cask range. Glenfarclas 105 40 years old is released.

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Glenfarclas’ stunning new 40 year old whisky launched during the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2010, and not only is it absolutely astonishing, it is also amazing value for money! It offers all...  More info
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$577.71
An incredible dram from Glenfarclas, we can't say enough about it. It's a juicy, Christmas cake of a whisky, absolutely huge! This 15 year old matured in sherry wood, a superb malt which earned 95...  More info
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Glenfarclas 105
(70cl, 60%)
Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, really bold and punchy. In 2004, the Malt Maniacs rated this the best “Bang for your buck” whisky.  More info
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$63.99
If you like sherried whisky, you will love this super 25 year old from Glenfarclas. It oozes noble blood and devastating class.  More info
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$167.82
The producers recommend this as an aperitif whisky. It certainly offers more complexity than you'd expect from a 10 year old dram. A lovely, delicate whisky from Glenfarclas.  More info
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$44.96
A heavily sherried 21 year old from the Glenfarclas distillery. This offers loads of depth, a really thick dram and great value for money too.  More info
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$117.81
The Glenfarclas 105, which is a 10 year old high strength Glenfarclas, is one of the greatest everyday whiskies. If any criticism could be levelled at it, it might be that it doesn't have an enough...  More info
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$283.30
The silk-lined presentation box contains a miniature of the rare and expensive 21 year-old and the 25 year-old Glenfarclas.  More info
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$86.09
Glenfarclas 105 35cl
(35cl, 60%)
A half bottle of the astounding cask strength release from Glenfarclas. This was created in honour of George S Grant who would bottle a cask and leave it at cask strength to give to family and friends...  More info
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$38.67
A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info
$25.07
A delicious, richly sherried Glenfarclas aged for 17 years and launched for the travel retail market. Loads of character and depth, just what we've come to expect from the distillery.  More info
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$132.22
Although Glenfarclas primarily use first and second fill sherry casks, occasionally we get to see the results of their glorious spirit being laid down in other types of cask too. Last year saw the...  More info
$480.49
A 1980 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Family Cask Summer 2014 release. The whisky was filled into plain hogshead #3180 and happily matured until March 2014, when it was...  More info
$534.50
This is the ninth 1994 release from Glenfarclas' Family Cask Range.

Glenfarclas isn't just family owned it is still run by the family themselves and the Family Cask range is testament to the...  More info
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This golden coloured Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling is the ninth offering from 1995.  More info
$289.01
This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that’s exclusively available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it's the oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas.

It was chosen by a...  More info
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$11742.15
Glenfarclas' superb 'My Tribute' is a special commemorative 1968 bottling from the Family Casks series. It was aged for 44 years before bottling and comes with a smart, handmade presentation case, a...  More info
$3428.71
The Glenfarclas Family Cask range delves into the historic warehouses of the world-famous distillery and brings some excellent casks to light, just like this 1960 vintage! Matured in a single Sherry...  More info
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Another fab release from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this one being distilled in 1997 and left to mature in a refill hogshead until 2013, when it was bottled with an outturn of 274 bottles...  More info
$302.24
A 1998 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky matured in a single refill hoggie until July 2013, when it was bottled with an outturn of just 190 bottles for the Family Cask range. Plenty of...  More info
$285.65
A collaborative effort between Glenfarclas and William & Son. They have created a limited edition shotgun and rifle cleaning kit which includes an incredibly rare bottle of Glenfarclas 1963 Family...  More info
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A frightfully old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky from their Family Cask range. It was distilled all the way back in 1957(!) and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled as part of...  More info
$4186.19
An Autumn 2013 Family Cask release of Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1958, years before the first Beatles album was even released! It was aged in a single Sherry hogshead until it was bottled in...  More info
$2618.78
Part of the Autumn 2013 release of the Glenfarclas Family Cask, this is a 1962 vintage single malt, matured for 50 years in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled with an outturn of 169 bottles, all filled...  More info
$2256.07
Cor, would you look at this! The 1963 vintage Glenfarclas Family Cask single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their Autumn 2013 batch. It was left to mature in a Sherry hogshead until June...  More info
$2224.20
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