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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 Family Cask bottling of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1974 and matured in refill butt #8579 until March 2014, when it was bottled with an outturn of 437 bottled. Part of the...  More info
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A 1969 vintage Glenfarclas, bottled for the Family Cask Summer 2014 Release. This single cask single malt matured in refill butt #2454 from 1969 to March 2014, after which it was bottled with an...  More info
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This is a 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenfarclas distillery. It has been released as part of their excellent Family Cask series in the Summer 2014 batch. After being distilled in...  More info
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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
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A 1970 vintage Glenfarclas from the Summer 2014 release of the formidable Family Cask series. With its deep, dark hue, you can bet that you're in for a superb, Sherried Glenfarclas. It was matured in...  More info
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This Glenfarclas Family Cask single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1964 and matured in a single Sherry butt (#4730). The cask was eventually opened in March 2014 and bottled for their Summer 2014...  More info
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A 1961 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, from their brilliant Family Casks range. This Sherried beast was matured in a single Sherry hogshead until July 2013, during which time it...  More info
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Cor, would you look at this! The 1963 vintage Glenfarclas Family Cask single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of their Autumn 2013 batch. It was left to mature in a Sherry hogshead until June...  More info
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Part of the Autumn 2013 release of the Glenfarclas Family Cask, this is a 1962 vintage single malt, matured for 50 years in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled with an outturn of 169 bottles, all filled...  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
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Part of the Summer 2014 release of the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask series, this is a 1954 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in plain butt #1259. A small release of 453 bottles, bottled...  More info
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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
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Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, bottled for the Summer 2014 release of their glorious Family Cask range. This whisky was distilled all the way back in 1959 and matured in Sherry hogshead #1821...  More info
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An Autumn 2013 Family Cask release of Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1958, years before the first Beatles album was even released! It was aged in a single Sherry hogshead until it was bottled in...  More info
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The Glenfarclas Family Cask range delves into the historic warehouses of the world-famous distillery and brings some excellent casks to light, just like this 1960 vintage! Matured in a single Sherry...  More info
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Glenfarclas' superb 'My Tribute' is a special commemorative 1968 bottling from the Family Casks series. It was aged for 44 years before bottling and comes with a smart, handmade presentation case, a...  More info
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A frightfully old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky from their Family Cask range. It was distilled all the way back in 1957(!) and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled as part of...  More info
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A collaborative effort between Glenfarclas and William & Son. They have created a limited edition shotgun and rifle cleaning kit which includes an incredibly rare bottle of Glenfarclas 1963 Family...  More info
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This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that’s exclusively available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it's the oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas.

It was chosen by a...  More info
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The first ever 60 year old released by Glenfarclas is a landmark moment in the incredible history of this independent, family-owned distillery. Matured in a single first fill Sherry butt, this...  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
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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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$57.18
A beautiful-looking and superbly well written account of Glenfarclas and its history, commissioned to mark the distillery's 175th anniversary. Filled with incredible photographs by John Paul, written...  More info
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An old edition of the classic sherried Speyside malt, Glenfarclas 15. We love this stuff.  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
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