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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 1979 (cask 146) (bottled 2007) Family Cask

70cl, 52.8%

This is a very creamy tasting Glenfarclas Family Cask. It was a plain hogshead, distilled in 1979. Please note: There's looks to be some insoluble sediment in this bottle.  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 146) (bottled 2007) Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 1821) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.4%

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

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 1821) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 147) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 51.4%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of well-aged single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry butt from 1971 to July 2014. Yes, we agree, that is a very long time indeed, and Glenfarclas' spirit…  More info

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 147) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 42.2%

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

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

Glenfarclas 31 Year Old Port Cask

70cl, 42.8%

Although Glenfarclas primarily use first and second fill sherry casks, occasionally we get to see the results of their glorious spirit being laid down in other types of cask too. Last year saw the…  More info

Glenfarclas 31 Year Old Port Cask

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1962 Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 45.3%

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…  More info

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1962 Autumn 2013 Release

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 5112) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 58.2%

This Family Cask bottling from the beloved Glenfarclas distillery features a single cask single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled all the way back in 1967. It was matured in Sherry hogshead…  More info

Glenfarclas 1967 (cask 5112) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
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Glenfarclas 1968 (cask 230) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 55.6%

Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1968 - the same year Simon & Garfunkel released their 'Bookends' album. It was matured in a single Sherry butt (the whisky, not the album) until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1968 (cask 230) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 3180) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.2%

A 1980 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Family Cask Summer 2014 release. The whisky was filled into plain hogshead #3180 and happily matured until March 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 3180) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4190) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 47.6%

A 1966 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Family Cask range. This particular entry into the series was left to age in Sherry butt #4190 from 1966 to July 2014. It…  More info

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4190) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1362) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 51.4%

One of the many splendid Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings - this one was distilled in 1990 and matured in refill Sherry cask #1362 all the way until March 2014, when it was bottled as part of the…  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1362) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1972 (cask 3483) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 52.9%

Oh yes, it's another superbly well-aged single malt from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This one was distilled in 1972 and left to mature in a single Sherry butt until July 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1972 (cask 3483) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask 4795) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 48.2%

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…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask 4795) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 8579) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 57.2%

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

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 8579) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 4004) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 41.3%

From the Summer 2014 release of Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings comes this 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky. It was matured in a plain hogshead from 1978 until March 2014, when it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 4004) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic “Alan Breck”

70cl, 43%

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

Glenfarclas 40 Year Old - Scottish Classic “Alan Breck”

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 12991) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 54.5%

A well-Sherried single cask whisky from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This one was distilled back in 1989 and placed into a Sherry butt to mature until July 2014. It was bottled for the Autumn…  More info

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 12991) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1990 Family Cask Release VIII

70cl, 56.9%

Distilled in 1990, this was aged in sherry butt number 5099 before bottling in 2011 for Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range. Expect big notes of chocolate and coffee!  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 Family Cask Release VIII

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4196) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 51.6%

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

Glenfarclas 1966 (cask 4196) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 1710) Family Cask Release X

70cl, 55.8%

One of many many wonderful Glenfarclas Family Casks bottlings - this one features whisky distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2012 for their tenth release. It was matured in Sherry butt #1710, resulting…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 1710) Family Cask Release X

Glenfarclas 1995 - Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 52.5%

This golden coloured Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling is the ninth offering from 1995.  More info

Glenfarclas 1995 - Family Cask Release IX

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1997 Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 59%

Another fab release from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this one being distilled in 1997 and left to mature in a refill hogshead until 2013, when it was bottled with an outturn of 274 bottles.…  More info

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1997 Autumn 2013 Release

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4505) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 49.7%

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

Glenfarclas 1965 (cask 4505) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 2950) Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 57.9%

This is the ninth 1994 release from Glenfarclas' Family Cask Range. Glenfarclas isn't just family owned it is still run by the family themselves and the Family Cask range is testament to the…  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 2950) Family Cask Release IX

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2591) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 45.4%

Here we have a Family Cask bottling of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, produced as part of the Summer 2014 release. From 1985 to March 2014, refill hogshead #2592 matured this whisky, after…  More info

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2591) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

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