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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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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.  More info
A sweet, spicy, vanilla-rich Family Cask from Glenfarclas.  More info
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.  More info
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
$242.15
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
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 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
$180.87
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
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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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 very old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their Family Cask series. It was distilled in 19650 and left to mature in Sherry butt #4505 until March 2014. Only 400 bottles...  More info
$1120.80
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
$502.00
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
$749.26
This is a 1955 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, bottled for the Family Cask range. After a lengthy slumber in a Sherry butt, this release was bottled in June 2013 with an outturn of 507 bottles. It's...  More info
$2363.02
A single cask filled on New Year's Eve 1999 by George, John and George Grant, three generations of the family at the helm of this fantastic independent distillery. Originally only available from the...  More info
$320.78
An old bottling of Glenfarclas' tremendous 30 Year Old complete with the old packaging. Classic, sherried awesomeness from this independent Speyside distillery.  More info
$391.61
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
$391.61
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
$308.35
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
A single cask edition from the Glenfarclas distillery, this bottling was distilled in 1987 and matured in a refill Oloroso cask.  More info
$117.53
This was distilled in 1962 and matured in single cask number 2645, a sherry hogshead. The result is an almost rum-like whisky, released as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask collection.  More info
$784.98
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
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
$296.79
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