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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 1993 vintage, this Family Cask was a refill sherry butt. The whisky offers the characteristic Glenfarclas sherry flavour with plenty of fruit.  More info
$256.47
The ninth release from Glenfarclas' 1993 vintage Family Casks. 624 extraordinary bottles were produced from cask 74. Hundreds more to go!  More info
$756.73
A great whisky from Glenfarclas's Family Cask range. This 1993 vintage has a lot of typical distillery characteristics, picked up from maturation in a sherry cask, and definitely benefits from the...  More info
$316.43
The most recent vintage in the Family Cask collection, this was distilled in 1994 and matured in a sherry butt. A citrussy, spicy Glenfarclas. Bottled on the 30th April 2010, this is part of a release...  More info
The most recent vintage in the Family Cask collection, this was distilled in 1994 and matured in a sherry butt. A citrussy, spicy Glenfarclas. Bottled on the 30th April 2010, this is part of a release...  More info
$239.05
The sixth release of 1964 Family Cask from Glenfarclas. This release sees the whisky matured in sherry hogshead 6778 before bottling in 2010, and if you're into your rich, puckering, malty Speyside...  More info
$284.85
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
$395.54
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
$247.40
An old bottling of 2 year old Glenfarclas, featuring the old packaging. A tremendous expression from this independent Speyside distillery, full of sherried character and sheer class.  More info
$400.10
A marvelous gift set from Glenfarclas, in a handsome gift box. This comes with miniatures of the 12 year old and the cask strength 105.  More info
$184.79
A special bottling taken from ten of the last remaining quarter casks at Glenfarclas. Incredibly, the youngest of these whiskies is 25 years old, with the entire maturation having taken place in the...  More info
$419.53
Part of a rare release from Glenfarclas. Just 2,732 bottles were released, distilled on 7th November 1974 and bottled 26th July 2000.  More info
$317.74
A heavily sherried 30 year old from Glenfarclas, this was a winner at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info
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$238.48
An old bottling of Glenfarclas' tremendous 30 Year Old complete with the old packaging. Classic, sherried awesomeness from this independent Speyside distillery.  More info
$400.10
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 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
This is part of a release of 600 individually numbered bottles of amazing 40 year old Glenfarclas. Each bottle has a lovely label featuring artwork celebrating Scottish literature. There are 30 label...  More info
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
An incredible 40 year old from Glenfarclas. There are just 600 bottles in the Scottish art range, all are individually numbered, and there are thirty label variations. The beautiful labels celebrate...  More info
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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 great, well-sherried cask strength release. This was bottled in owner of chairman John L S Grant's father, George S Grant who bottled a cask of Glenfarclas at Christmas time to give as a gift to...  More info
An old Glenfarclas matured for the duration of its 43 years in cognac casks. This unusual maturation has paid dividends, accentuating and adding to the typical distillery character.  More info
$751.98
Distilled on 16th June 1954 at the Glenfarclas distillery and bottled on 27th July 2000, part of a rare release of just 1,193 bottles.  More info
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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
$22.39
We’ve teamed up with the guys over at Glenfarclas to bring you this absolutely stunning single cask, 50 year old whisky. This is one-of-a-kind bottling, as evidenced by the bottling number "decanter 1...  More info
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