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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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This 1971 vintage Family Cask was matured in single cask 140, a sherry butt. An elegant, stone fruit laden Glenfarclas. This was bottled on the 28th February 2007 as part of a release of 459 bottles.  More info
Matured in sherry hogshead number 2649, this is the 6th release of Glenfarclas' 1962 Family Cask. An unusual whisky for Glenfarclas, and very fruity indeed!  More info
$923.62
A very rich and dark whisky. This was distilled at Glenfarclas in 1957 and matured in cask 2111, a sherry hogshead before a 2007 release as part of the Family Cask range.  More info
This was distilled in 1963 at the Glenfarclas distillery in Speyside. After a long maturation in a single sherry butt the whisky is rich and dark. Released as part of the Family Cask collection.  More info
$713.29
Glenfarclas is one of the few remaining family owned and run (as opposed to simply owned) distilleries in Scotland. The Family Cask celebrate their heritage and this cask was laid down in 1966.  More info
$764.07
Glenfarclas' George Grant describes this 1957 vintage as "a truly beatufiul whisky, and a great Glenfarclas dram." This is the second Family Cask released from this year, aged in cask 2115 (a sherry...  More info
$1452.66
Release 7 of the astonishingly good 1964 vintage of Glenfarclas Family Cask. This was aged in sherry butt number 4719, and it was bottled in 2011. Staggering stuff.  More info
$952.14
Distilled at Glenfarclas in 1960, this was matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling on the 16th July 2008. Cask number 1768.  More info
$1166.22
An old edition of the classic sherried Speyside malt, Glenfarclas 15. We love this stuff.  More info
Distilled in 1965 and matured in a sherry butt before release in 2010 as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask collection. This is a heathery, sweet and toffee like whisky. This was aged in cask number...  More info
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$808.40
Release 6 of the 1973 family casks, this particular expression was aged in a sherry hogshead. It offers up notes of coffee and leather on the nose, with bitter chocolate and espresso on the palate...  More info
$704.05
A single sherry hogshead matured Glenfarclas, distilled in 1967 as part of the Family Cask collection. This is a honey and toffee rich dram. Delicious. This is the second release.  More info
A sherry butt matured Glenfarclas, this family cask was distilled in 1989 and offers sherry and fruit flavours.  More info
$327.55
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
$578.69
This is, very much, the gift that keeps on giving. At first it appears to be a rather handsome little barrel-shaped keyring, and what could be better. On closer inspection, it comes apart to reveal...  More info
$23.51
This Glenfarclas Family Cask was a sherry butt, distilled in 1990. The whisky has a lovely richness, with plenty of sherry and rum flavour. This was matured in cask number 5095, which was bottled on...  More info
$324.22
Bottled in 2007 from a sherry hogshead. This Glenfarclas is honeyed and rich with a touch of peat smoke.  More info
$701.65
A deeply hued whisky, this was distilled in 1966 and matured in a single sherry butt before release as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask Collection.  More info
$651.13
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
$999.20
A 22 year old Glenfarclas bottled as "The Spirit of the Millennium" in 2000 (the last year of the millennium, not the first year of the new millennium!!).  More info
$259.83
This was released in the Autumn of 2007 as part of the extensive Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This was distilled in 1959 and matured in a sherry hogshead (cask 1838) which yielded 147 bottles.  More info
This is a very creamy tasting Glenfarclas Family Cask. It was a plain hogshead, distilled in 1979. This is the fourth release.  More info
$451.16
This Family Cask was a refill sherry hogshead (cask 2213), distilled in 1982. This whisky is a spicy, rich Glenfarclas, bottled on the 20th November 2006 as part of an outturn of 258 bottles.  More info
A single cask edition from the Glenfarclas distillery, this bottling was distilled in 1987 and matured in a refill Oloroso cask.  More info
$126.11
This Family Cask bottling was distilled in 1970 and matured in single cask number 566, a sherry butt. A powerful, darkly fruity Glenfarclas which was bottled on the 28th February 2007 as part of a...  More info
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$589.43
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