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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 6 of the 1973 family casks, this particular expression was aged in a sherry hogshead. It offers up notes of coffee and leather on the nose, with bitter chocolate and espresso on the palate...  More info
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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
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The sixth release of 1969 Family Cask from Glenfarclas, this time aged in a single sherry hogshead (number 3187) and bottled in 2010. Delicious stuff.  More info
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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
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The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1970 Family Cask. A very tasty and surprisingly fresh whisky for its advanced age.  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
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The third release of Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask, this single cask was a sherry hogshead (number 1322), and it was bottled in 2008. It offers up an intense marmalade aroma, with loads of chocolate...  More info
A 1974 vintage Glenfarclas Family Cask from the Autumn 2013 releases. 240 bottles were produced from cask 5785. They do spoil us.  More info
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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
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The ninth release from Glenfarclas' 1993 vintage Family Casks. 624 extraordinary bottles were produced from cask 74. Hundreds more to go!  More info
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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
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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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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
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
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Distilled at Glenfarclas in 1960, this was matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling on the 16th July 2008.  More info
This was distilled in 1961, and aged in a single sherry hogshead (cask 1326), this was bottled in 2010 as part of Glenfarclas's incredible Family Cask range, spanning over half a century of whisky...  More info
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A very Sherried Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Family Cask Summer 2014 batch. After being distilled in 1973, it was left to mature in Sherry hogshead #4795, until March...  More info
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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
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The ninth release of Glenfarclas' legendary 1965 Family Cask. This was aged in sherry butt 4502 before bottling in 2012 at natural cask strength - a big, bold, yet refined malt.  More info
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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
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Release three of the 1962 Family Cask, this was aged in a sherry hogshead. It offers up intense freshness, funny considering its age, but really something with staggering pear and apricot notes, with...  More info
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
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
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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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The delicious 8th release of 1968 Glenfarclas Family Cask. This was aged in a sherry hogshead (cask 179) and bottled in 2011. Really lovely, single cask, cask strength Speyside malt from George S...  More info
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