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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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A 1979 vintage Glefarclas single malt Scotch whisky, taken from a single plain butt and bottled in July 2013 for the Autumn 2013 release of their Family Cask range. A surprising example of Glenfarclas...  More info
£339.91
Distilled in 1988 and bottled in 2013 by WM Cadenhead, this Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky is 25 years old. 222 bottles of bourbon hogshead-matured whisky were produced.  More info
£97.04
A 1970 vintage Glenfarclas from the Summer 2014 release of the formidable Family Cask series. With its deep, dark hue, you can bet that you're in for a superb, Sherried Glenfarclas. It was matured in...  More info
£829.68
Twenty-nine years old and bottled in 2010 from a hogshead. This is a drinker's whisky, the distinct differences between nose, palate and finish create an fascinating tasting experience.  More info
£247.50
The hits keep on coming from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. Part of their Summer 2014 release, this is a 1988 vintage single malt, matured in a refill Sherry butt (#434) until March 2014. 603 of...  More info
£256.94
A 1976 vintage Family Cask release from Glenfarclas, bottled as part of the Summer 2014 Release. This stunning dram was matured in refill butt #3105 from 1976 to March 2014. It was bottled with an...  More info
£413.20
A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling 1954 vintage single malt, which has matured in cask #1260 (a plain butt, if you were wondering) from 1954 to March 2014 - quite a feat, we're sure you'll agree. 480...  More info
£1509.47
A frankly mindblowing single cask Glenfarclas which features artwork based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Kidnapped. This is from the Scottish Classics series, celebrating Scottish art...  More info
A very old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their Family Cask series. It was distilled in 19650 and left to mature in Sherry butt #4505 until March 2014. Only 400 bottles...  More info
£716.09
The ninth release from Glenfarclas' 1993 vintage Family Casks. 624 extraordinary bottles were produced from cask 74. Hundreds more to go!  More info
£473.22
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
£194.04
Distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2011 as part of the 7th Family Cask Release from Glenfarclas (and there are plenty more to come!). Matured in a refill hogshead that yielded 240 bottles.  More info
£344.57
Part of the Autumn 2013 release from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this Speyside single malt was distilled in 1984, left to mature in a single plain plain hogshead (#6031) then bottled in July...  More info
£366.30
A 1984 vintage Glenfarclass bottled in 2011, part of the 7th release of the intriguing Family Casks releases.  More info
£339.00
Release number nine of Glenfarclas 1986 from the Family Cask collection comes in the shape of 574 bottles of lip-smackingly good single malt Scotch whisky that has been matured in a sherry butt and...  More info
£238.59
A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned whisky distilleries. Distilled in the fantastic year 1996, this whisky was left to mature in...  More info
£247.35
A beautiful-looking and superbly well written account of Glenfarclas and its history, commissioned to mark the distillery's 175th anniversary. Filled with incredible photographs by John Paul, written...  More info
£34.99
The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1970 Family Cask. A very tasty and surprisingly fresh whisky for its advanced age.  More info
£450.43
This is the ninth release of Glenfarclas 1989 Family Cask - an extraordinary whisky which was aged in a single sherry butt (number 19289) before bottling in 2012.  More info
£215.82
This Family Cask was a refill sherry hogshead distilled in 1982. This whisky is a spicy, rich Glenfarclas, released as part of the popular family cask series.  More info
£362.34
The ninth release of Glenfarclas' 1991 Family Cask was aged in sherry butt number 5669 before bottling at cask-strength in 2012. This is a rich, digestif-style malt.  More info
£201.96
The delicious 8th release of 1968 Glenfarclas Family Cask. This was aged in a sherry hogshead (cask 179) and bottled in 2011. Really lovely, single cask, cask strength Speyside malt from George S...  More info
£594.95
This was selected by George S Grant and a group of visitors to the Glenfarlcas distillery as part of the "Help Choose the 1996 Bottling" event, held during the 2011 Spirit of Speyside Festival. A very...  More info
£174.24
A 1981 vintage Glenfarclas, bottled for their Family Cask range, as part of their Autumn 2013 release. From 1981 to July 2013, this whisky matured in a single refill hogshead, which had an outturn of...  More info
£285.12
A 1975 vintage from the Glenfarclas Family cask range. This is a well-balanced Glenfarclas that offers a tantalising example of some of the amazing casks they have sleeping in the warehouse.  More info
£403.35
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