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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 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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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
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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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Distilled at Glenfarclas in 1960, this was matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling on the 16th July 2008. Cask number 1768.  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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This was released in the Autumn of 2007 as part of the extensive Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This was distilled in 1959 and matured in a sherry hogshead (cask 1838) which yielded 147 bottles.  More info
A sherry butt matured Glenfarclas single cask. This Family Cask bottling was distilled in 1955 and released in 2007.  More info
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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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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 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
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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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A dark, syrupy whisky. This 1958 vintage was matured in a single sherry butt before release in 2007 as part of Glenfarclas' Family Cask range.  More info
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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
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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
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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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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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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
This was released in the Autumn of 2007 as part of the extensive Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This was distilled in 1959 and matured in a sherry hogshead (cask 1838) which yielded 147 bottles.  More info
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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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A stunning 1958 vintage Glenfarclas, matured in cask number 2062 for over half a century! Just 167 bottles were produced at a natural cask strength of 43.7% abv.  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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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
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