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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 finally got round to releasing a 40 Year Old official bottling in 2010, while in January 2011 Glenfarclas released a limited edition bottling to mark the distillery's 175th anniversary.

As the years went on, Glenfarclas bottlings just get older! In 2012, after finding a few more elderly casks in the warehouse, Glenfarclas released two more bottlings, a 43 year old and a 58 year old. 2014 comes, and with it an even older official bottling, the Glenfarclas 60 year old.

In June 2015, Glenfarclas released another limited edition bottling called the £511.19S.0D Family Reserve. This was launched to mark 150 years of the Grant Family owning the distillery, with the rather cryptic name referencing the price John Grant paid for the distillery in 1865. The bottle comes with a copy of the original bill of sale for the distillery.

In 2017, a Glenfarclas 30 year old was released to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ‘Final Fantasy’ game which was first launched in 1987, the same year the whisky was distilled.

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%

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

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$3,381.28

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 51.1%

This is a 1987 vintage single malt, released by Glenfarclas for their Spring 2015 release of the Family Cask range. It was distilled in 1987 and set aside to mature in refill butt #1477 until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
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Glenfarclas 1986 (cask 4334) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 54.8%

A 1986 vintage single malt from Glenfarclas' Family Cask range, matured in a refill Sherry butt until August 2015, when it was bottled for their Winter 2015 release. 536 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1986 (cask 4334) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1977 (cask 8635) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.2%

A 1977 vintage single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of their renowned Family Cask range. This particular bottling was matured in a refill butt cask from 1977 until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1977 (cask 8635) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 53.8%

One of the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings, featuring a single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1982 and matured in a plain hogshead cask until July 2014. It was bottled as part of their Autumn 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 6356) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 54.3%

A single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of the Winter 2015 Release of their Family Cask series. It was distilled in 1967 and left to age in a Sherry butt until August…  More info

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 6356) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2593) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 49%

A 1985 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scoch whisky, matured in a single refill Sherry hogshead until December 2014 and released as part of their fantastic Family Cask range. 320 bottles were…  More info

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2593) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release X (cask 8791)

70cl, 52.2%

The Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask reaches double digits! The 10th release comes from cask 8791, a plain hogshead, and was bottled in 2012. A limited release of 210 bottles of brilliant single malt…  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release X (cask 8791)

Glenfarclas - An Independent Distillery (Ian Buxton)

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

Glenfarclas - An Independent Distillery (Ian Buxton)

Glenfarclas 1984 (cask 6032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 47%

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 1984 (cask 6032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1968 Family Cask - 'My Tribute'

70cl, 54.4%

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

Glenfarclas 1968 Family Cask - 'My Tribute'

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old - Family Collector Series III

70cl, 41.1%

This third release marks the halfway point in Glenfarclas' stunning Family Collector Series. A 50 year old matured in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, 937 bottles non-chillfiltered bottles have been produced…  More info

Glenfarclas 50 Year Old - Family Collector Series III

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.9%

Very, very well aged Glenfarclas single malt right here, from their brilliant Family Cask selection. This one was distilled all the way back in 1974 and left to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 3829) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 48%

A 1987 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, part of the Family Cask range. This Summer 2014 release was matured in a refill Sherry butt from 1987 to March 2014. Following this maturation,…  More info

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 3829) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 47 Year Old 1966 Fino Casks - Family Collector Series I

70cl, 50.5%

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

Glenfarclas 47 Year Old 1966 Fino Casks - Family Collector Series I

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.6%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned whisky distilleries. Distilled in the fantastic year 1996, this whisky was left to mature in…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1975 (cask 5040) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 53.1%

From the Autumn 2014 Glenfarclas Family Cask release comes a 1975 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead cask (#5040). Within that cask this whisky slumbered until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1975 (cask 5040) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1986 (cask 3456) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 55.5%

1986 was a good year. Not only was it the year that this single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky was distilled, it was also the same year that 'Top Gun' was released. Awesome, right? The…  More info

Glenfarclas 1986 (cask 3456) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1976 (cask 3105) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 41.8%

A 1976 vintage Family Cask release from Glenfarclas, bottled as part of the Summer 2014 Release. This stunning dram was matured in refill butt #3105 from 1976 to March 2014. It was bottled with an…  More info

Glenfarclas 1976 (cask 3105) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1991 (cask 10267) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 55.9%

This is a Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled way back in 1991. It was left to age in a single refill Sherry hogshead until July 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1991 (cask 10267) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1956 Oloroso Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series II

70cl, 47.5%

This is the second release in a series of six very special bottlings from the legendary Glenfarclas distillery, the first of which featured a 47 year old single malt matured in 3 Fine Sherry casks.…  More info

Glenfarclas 58 Year Old 1956 Oloroso Sherry Casks - Family Collector Series II

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old & "101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die" (Ian Buxton)

70cl, 43%

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

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old &

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 746) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.2%

From the Spring 2015 release of the Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in December 2014 at 46.2% ABV, with a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 746) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1998 (cask 5357) Family Cask Summer 2014

70cl, 58.1%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2014 for their Summer 2014 release. It was matured in a single refill Sherry butt, #5357, which had…  More info

Glenfarclas 1998 (cask 5357) Family Cask Summer 2014

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1960 Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 42.3%

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

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1960 Autumn 2013 Release

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