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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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This Family Cask single cask from Glenfarclas was distilled in 1952. The oldest in the collection, matured in a plain hogshead.  More info
A very rich and dark whisky. This was distilled at Glenfarclas in 1957 and matured in cask 2111, a sherry hogshead before a 2007 release as part of the Family Cask range.  More info
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
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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. This was aged in cask number...  More info
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$799.59
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
$642.66
This was distilled in 1963 at the Glenfarclas distillery in Speyside. After a long maturation in a single sherry butt the whisky is rich and dark. Released as part of the Family Cask collection.  More info
$705.52
A single cask from Glenfarclas, this was distilled in 1964 and matured in a sherry butt before release as part of the Family Cask Collection. There are just 415 bottles of this, bottled on the 27th...  More info
$682.50
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. This is the second release.  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
A deeply hued whisky, this was distilled in 1966 and matured in a single sherry butt before release as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask Collection.  More info
$903.98
A rare Glenfarclas single malt. Part of a rare release of just 741 bottles, distilled in 1972 and bottled on 5th June 2001.  More info
$534.82
In Autumn of 2007, Glenfarclas released a massive back catalogue of vintage casks. There are 43 between years 1952 to 1994. This single malt Speyside whisky was distilled in 1953.  More info
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$1883.03
This was matured in sherry butt number 1758. Distilled in 1956 and released in 2007 as part of the extensive Family Cask range from Glenfarclas.  More info
$1379.01
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 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
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
Released in Autumn of 2007, this single Family Cask was distilled in 1954 and matured in a sherry butt (number 444).  More info
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Glenfarclas is one of the few remaining family owned and run (as opposed to simply owned) distilleries in Scotland. The Family Cask celebrate their heritage and this cask was laid down in 1966.  More info
$755.75
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
$690.30
This Glenfarclas boasts an incredible fifty plus years of cask ageing and should be considered a real whisky treasure. Glenfarclas is one of a very limited number of family-run distilleries left in...  More info
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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
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The 8th release of Glenfarclas' sterling 1962 Family Cask, this time aged in a single sherry hogshead (number 2648). Expect rich, sweet sherry notes, and just a hint of something "herbal".  More info
$1063.07
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
$298.93
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
$295.91
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
$941.77
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