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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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Release 7 of the astonishingly good 1964 vintage of Glenfarclas Family Cask. This was aged in sherry butt number 4719, and it was bottled in 2011. Staggering stuff.  More info
$960.65
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
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The sixth release of Glenfarclas's 1968 Family Cask was aged in a sherry cask for over 40 years before bottling in 2010 at natural cask strength. A rich, intense whisky with a lot of flavour and...  More info
$701.21
Matured in sherry hogshead number 2649, this is the 6th release of Glenfarclas' 1962 Family Cask. An unusual whisky for Glenfarclas, and very fruity indeed!  More info
$931.87
The seventh release of Glenfarclas' incredibly popular 1981 Family Cask comes quite light in colour, thanks to its maturation in plain hogshead number 57. George S Grant of Glenfarclas describes this...  More info
$406.59
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
Glenfarclas 105 3l
(300cl, 60%)
A brilliant whisky with a brilliant story behind it. These rare, 3 litre bottles of Glenfarclas 105 were only ever given away as prizes to racing jockeys, and they were never released for general...  More info
$745.48
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
$1491.05
Glenfarclas' 5th release of the 1982 Family Cask. This was filled into plain hoghsead nunber 633, which was bottled on the 4th May 2010, and there was an outturn of 216 bottles.  More info
$406.59
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
$1465.63
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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$58.37
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
$455.07
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
$347.28
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
$423.96
An old bottling of Glenfarclas' tremendous 30 Year Old complete with the old packaging. Classic, sherried awesomeness from this independent Speyside distillery.  More info
$423.96
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
$327.12
The Glenfarclas Family Cask from 1988 was a sherry butt, the whisky is mellow and vanilla laden.  More info
$338.86
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
$379.78
Family Cask 1983 was a refill hogshead, the whisky is a nutty, fresh dram from Glenfarclas.  More info
$456.57
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
$321.31
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
$417.70
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
$301.84
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
$335.30
This golden coloured Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling is the ninth offering from 1995.  More info
$278.91
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
$381.43
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