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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’.

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About Glenfarclas Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01807 500257

Distillery Founded


Distillery Capacity

3 000 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Ballindalloch, Banffshire AB37 9BD

Distillery Owner

J. & G. Grant

Distillery Address

Marypark, Ballindalloch, Banffshire

Distillery Website


Robert Hay founds the distillery on the original site since 1797.


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.


John Smith resigns in order to start Cragganmore and J. & G. Grant Ltd takes over.


John Grant dies and George Grant takes over.


George Grant dies and his widow Barbara takes over the license while sons John and George control operations.


John and George Grant take over and form The Glenfarclas-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd with the infamous Pattison, Elder & Co.


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.


John Grant leaves due to ill health and George continues alone.


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.


George Grant senior dies and sons George Scott and John Peter inherit the distillery.


Stills are increased from two to four.


Glenfarclas is first to launch a cask-strength single malt. It is later named Glenfarclas 105.


Floor maltings is abandoned and malt is purchased centrally.


A visitor centre is opened.


Enlargement from four stills to six.


Glenfarclas launches its first Flower of Scotland gift tin which becomes a great success and increases sales by 30%.


George S Grant dies and is succeeded as company chairman by his son John L S Grant


Two new gift tins are released (10 years old and 105 cask strength).


A 50 year old is released to commemorate the bi-centenary of John Grant´s birth.


Ten new vintages are released.


Family Casks, a series of single cask bottlings from 43 consecutive years, is released.


New releases in the Family Cask range. Glenfarclas 105 40 years old is released.

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Glenfarclas 105
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Glenfarclas 105 is a superb cask strength whisky, really bold and punchy. In 2004, the Malt Maniacs rated this the best “Bang for your buck” whisky.  More info
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On 8th June 1865 John Grant purchased Glenfarclas distillery for £511.19s.0d and it's still owned and run by the family today. This special Family Reserve bottling celebrates that quite remarkable...  More info
If you like sherried whisky, you will love this super 25 year old from Glenfarclas. It oozes noble blood and devastating class.  More info
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Glenfarclas Tasting Set
(15cl, 46.40%)
When you think of Sherried whisky, one name will always comes to mind - Glenfarclas. Renowned for maturing their whisky almost solely in Sherry butts, housed in their extensive warehouses, the...  More info
The producers recommend this as an aperitif whisky. It certainly offers more complexity than you'd expect from a 10 year old dram. A lovely, delicate whisky from Glenfarclas.  More info
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A 35cl bottling of the classic Glenfarclas 12 Year Old. As you'd expect from the renowned distillery in Speyside, this one is packed to the brim with spectacular Sherried, dried fruit notes all the...  More info
Single cask Glenfarclas single malt, released for the Autumn 2014 bundle of Family Cask bottlings. This one was distilled all the way back in 1973 and matured in a plain butt until July 2014, when it...  More info
A handsome gift set containing a bottle of 21 year old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky and Ian Buxton's excellent book '101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die'.  More info
Give the gift of Glenfarclas with this gorgeous gift set. Featuring a full bottle of the fabulous Glenfarclas 105 (60% ABV) and two 5cl miniatures, including their 15 Year Old (46% ABV) and their 21...  More info
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A half bottle of the astounding cask strength release from Glenfarclas. This was created in honour of George S Grant who would bottle a cask and leave it at cask strength to give to family and friends...  More info
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A half bottle of light, spicy Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. A crisp, complex dram from Speyside.  More info
This outstanding presentation box contains a 70cl bottle of Glenfarclas 15 Year Old, as well as a miniature of the rare and expensive 21 Year Old and the 25 Year Old Glenfarclas.  More info
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Part of the Spring 2015 release of the Glenfarclas Family Cask series, this is a 1969 vintage single malt Scotch whisky that has been matured in a single refill butt cask until December 2014. It was...  More info
A special bottling taken from ten of the last remaining quarter casks at Glenfarclas. Incredibly, the youngest of these whiskies is 25 years old, with the entire maturation having taken place in the...  More info
Glenfarclas are well known for their well-Sherried whiskies, as they often use casks which have previously held Oloroso Sherry. However, this 1966 vintage is a bit special, as the three casks used...  More info
The 1984 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the fabulous Glenfarclas Family Cask range. It was matured in plain hogshead #6032 until March 2014. 211 bottled were produced.  More info
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
An exceptionally well-matured entry in the Glenfarclas Family Casks range, this single malt Scotch whisky was distilled all the way back in 1956! It matured in a single Sherry hogshead until July...  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
A Family Cask bottling from the beloved Glenfarclas distillery. This comes to us as part of the Summer 2014 release, and features single malt Scotch whisky that was distilled in 1983 and then matured...  More info
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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