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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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Family Cask 1983 was a refill hogshead, the whisky is a nutty, fresh dram from Glenfarclas.  More info
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The ninth release of Glenfarclas' 1983 vintage Family Casks, aged in cask 43 from 1983 until 2012, when it was bottled. 273 bottles were produced. I wish my family was cool enough to make a whole...  More info
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A Family Cask bottling from the beloved Glenfarclas distillery. This comes to us as part of the Summer 2014 release, and features single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled in 1983 and then matured...  More info
$565.69
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
$608.87
Distilled in 1984, this was matured in plain hogshead before bottling in 2007 as part of Glenfarclas' Family Cask collection.  More info
$390.01
A 1984 vintage Glenfarclass bottled in 2011, part of the 7th release of the intriguing Family Casks releases.  More info
$563.49
This was distilled in 1985 and matured in a refill sherry hogshead. Released as a Family Cask in 2007, this single cask Glenfarclas is an elegant, fruity dram.  More info
$372.55
Here we have a Family Cask bottling of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, produced as part of the Summer 2014 release. From 1985 to March 2014, refill hogshead #2592 matured this whisky, after...  More info
$475.89
In Autumn of 2007, Glenfarclas released the Family Casks. This is the 1986 vintage from the range, matured in a refill sherry puncheon (cask 3434). This was bottled on the 1st March 2007, and it's...  More info
$344.76
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
$396.59
This was distilled in 1987 and matured in a refill sherry hogshead before release in 2007 as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask collection.  More info
$327.47
The third edition of whisky distilled in 1987 and bottled for Glenfarclas' Family Cask Release. Matured in a sherry butt, this single cask whisky is proper tasty, rich with a bounty of fruit that...  More info
$320.89
A 1987 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, part of the Family Cask range. This Summer 2014 release was matured in a refill Sherry butt from 1987 to March 2014. Following this maturation, it...  More info
$383.41
A single cask edition from the Glenfarclas distillery, this bottling was distilled in 1987 and matured in a refill Oloroso cask.  More info
$124.82
The Glenfarclas Family Cask from 1988 was a sherry butt, the whisky is mellow and vanilla laden.  More info
$332.41
A sherry butt matured Glenfarclas, this family cask was distilled in 1989 and offers sherry and fruit flavours.  More info
$324.18
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
$358.74
This Glenfarclas Family Cask was a sherry butt, distilled in 1990. The whisky has a lovely richness, with plenty of sherry and rum flavour.  More info
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
$320.89
A rare, sherry-matured Glenfarclas distilled in 1991 and bottled on the 7th November 2011, just in time for Christmas! Loads of flavour from the two Oloroso sherry casks. A release of 1,350 bottles.  More info
$299.12
Glenfarclas Family Cask 1991 was a single sherry butt and the whisky has nutty, chocolaty flavours. This was aged in cask number 5623, and it was bottled on the 1st March 2007 as part of a release of...  More info
$315.19
This was distilled in 1992, matured in a sherry butt and released in 2007 as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. The whisky is light and biscuity, lots of vanilla flavour.  More info
$370.61
A single cask, cask strength 1992 vintage from Glenfarclas' stellar Family Cask range. This was aged in sherry butt number 861 and was bottled in 2011. George S Grant, the distillery owner, mentions a...  More info
$374.17
A 1993 vintage, this Family Cask was a refill sherry butt. The whisky offers the characteristic Glenfarclas sherry flavour with plenty of fruit.  More info
$266.59
The ninth release from Glenfarclas' 1993 vintage Family Casks. 624 extraordinary bottles were produced from cask 74. Hundreds more to go!  More info
$786.60
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