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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 sweet, spicy, vanilla-rich Family Cask from Glenfarclas. This is the fourth release, distilled in 1969 and matured in a sherry hogshead.  More info
$654.39
The sixth release of 1969 Family Cask from Glenfarclas, this time aged in a single sherry hogshead (number 3187) and bottled in 2010. Delicious stuff.  More info
$722.78
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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$593.65
The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1970 Family Cask. A very tasty and surprisingly fresh whisky for its advanced age.  More info
$761.90
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
The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1971 Family Cask. This was filled into sherry butt 140, where it rested until bottling in 2011. An outturn of 468 bottles.  More info
$665.59
This Family Cask was a sherry butt, the whisky was distilled in 1972 and the result is a beautifully balanced Glenfarclas with anise and toffee apple notes. This was aged in cask number 3546, which...  More info
$606.20
This Glenfarclas Family Cask was distilled in 1973 and matured in sherry butt number 2578. This is a fresh, vanilla-rich whisky with some smoky, fruity notes.  More info
An Autumn 2013 Glenfarclas Family Casks release of single malt Scotch whisky. This edition was distilled in 1973 and matured in cask 6056 until it was bottled in 2013 with an outturn of 139 bottles...  More info
$809.74
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
$709.09
This is the eighth release of a 1973 vintage Glenfarclas Family Cask. These are bottled from a single cask from Glenfarclas family owned distillery. The whisky is heavily sherried with notes of...  More info
$707.88
A golden coloured whisky, this Family Cask was distilled in 1974 and matured in cask number 5786, a sherry butt.  More info
$499.03
A refill hogshead matured Family Cask, this Glenfarclas was distilled in 1975, the result is a buttery, sherried whisky with some deep citrus notes.  More info
$662.00
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
$682.27
Bottled in 2012, this is the ninth release of Glenfarclas' staggering 1975 Family Cask. This cask-strength, single cask Speyside malt was aged in a refill butt before bottling. There's a big sherry...  More info
$702.90
A refill butt matured Family Cask, this 1976 vintage Glenfarclas offers a very creamy, fruity character.  More info
$510.75
A buttery, creamy whisky with quite some spice, this Glenfarclas Family Cask was a refill butt (cask number 61), distilled in 1977 and bottled on the 30th November 2006 as part of a release of 582...  More info
$432.04
This Glenfarclas Family Cask was distilled in 1978. It was a refill hogshead and the whisky is an elegant, fresh spirit.  More info
This Glenfarclas Family Cask was distilled in 1978. It was a refill hogshead and the whisky is an elegant, fresh spirit. This is the third release.  More info
$454.27
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
$582.84
This is a very creamy tasting Glenfarclas Family Cask. It was a plain hogshead, distilled in 1979.  More info
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
$507.37
This is a very creamy tasting Glenfarclas Family Cask. It was a plain hogshead, distilled in 1979. This is the fourth release.  More info
$454.39
The Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask reaches double digits! The 10th release comes from cask 8791, a plain hogshead, and was bottled in 2012. A limited release of 210 bottles of brilliant single malt...  More info
$542.51
This Family Cask was distilled at Glenfarclas in 1980. The refill sherry butt has brought about a lovely sweetness, quite biscuity and malty.  More info
$416.97
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