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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’.

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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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Lots of sherry and fruit in this, Glenfarclas 12 was originally bottled for export and travel retail markets. In 2006, it was named the "Best Sherried Whisky" in the Single Malt World Cup, and in 2007...  More info
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An old edition of the classic sherried Speyside malt, Glenfarclas 15. We love this stuff.  More info
One of the rarest whiskies in our collection, Glenfarclas haven't been bottling the 15 year old in a rectangular bottle for decades!  More info
A great single malt from Glenfarclas, this has a rather interesting story behind it; it was created by blending 18 different casks together - 3 from each of the last 6 decades! This was released to...  More info
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A rare Glenfarclas single malt. Part of a rare release of just 741 bottles, distilled in 1972 and bottled on 5th June 2001.  More info
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This Family Cask single cask from Glenfarclas was distilled in 1952. The oldest in the collection, matured in a plain hogshead.  More info
A stunning single cask Glenfarclas distilled way back when in 1952. This was aged in plain hogshead 1710. It was bottled in 2007, and it offers up notes of burnt malt, peat, oak, BBQ smoke, sherry...  More info
The third release of Glenfarclas' 1952 Family Cask. George S Grant comments on how fresh this whisky has remained, despite having spent 55 years in a single hogshead! A delicious whisky offering up...  More info
In Autumn of 2007, Glenfarclas released a massive back catalogue of vintage casks. There are 43 between years 1952 to 1994. This single malt Speyside whisky was distilled in 1953.  More info
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$1854.65
Released in Autumn of 2007, this single Family Cask was distilled in 1954 and matured in a sherry butt (number 444).  More info
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A sherry butt matured Glenfarclas single cask. This Family Cask bottling was distilled in 1955 and released in 2007.  More info
$1326.60
This was matured in sherry butt number 1758. Distilled in 1956 and released in 2007 as part of the extensive Family Cask range from Glenfarclas.  More info
$1358.23
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
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
$1415.18
A dark, syrupy whisky. This 1958 vintage was matured in a single sherry butt before release in 2007 as part of Glenfarclas' Family Cask range.  More info
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A stunning 1958 vintage Glenfarclas, matured in cask number 2062 for over half a century! Just 167 bottles were produced at a natural cask strength of 43.7% abv.  More info
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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 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
$1602.70
Distilled at Glenfarclas in 1960, this was matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling on the 16th July 2008.  More info
Distilled at Glenfarclas in 1960, this was matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling on the 16th July 2008. Cask number 1768.  More info
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A very Christmas spice rich Glenfarclas, this was distilled in 1961 and matured in single cask 4913, a sherry hogshead, before bottling as part of the 2007 released Family Cask collection.  More info
The third release of Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask, this single cask was a sherry hogshead (number 1322), and it was bottled in 2008. It offers up an intense marmalade aroma, with loads of chocolate...  More info
This Glenfarclas boasts an incredible fifty plus years of cask ageing and should be considered a real whisky treasure. Glenfarclas is one of a very limited number of family-run distilleries left in...  More info
$1479.55
This was distilled in 1961, and aged in a single sherry hogshead (cask 1326), this was bottled in 2010 as part of Glenfarclas's incredible Family Cask range, spanning over half a century of whisky...  More info
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The 7th release of 1961 Family Cask. A very old Glenfarclas, aged in cask 1325 (a sherry hogshead). This was bottled afted 50 years on the 25th May 2011. A release of 108 bottles.  More info
$1439.72
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