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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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Released as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this is a 1999 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was left to mature in cask #6321, a Sherry butt. This Sherry butt was opened in July 2014...  More info
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A heavily sherried 30 year old from Glenfarclas, this was a winner at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info
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A heavily sherried 21 year old from the Glenfarclas distillery. This offers loads of depth, a really thick dram and great value for money too.  More info
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A beautiful, sherried Speyside malt, Glenfarclas launched this to mark their 175th Anniversary. It was made by blending together four lovely sherry casks with a combined age of 175 years! There are...  More info
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$496.02
This limited edition Glenfarclas has been bottled in partnership with online retailers, Mo-Bro’s, and poor-quality dresser-uppers Master of Malt in support of Movember. Movember is a men’s health...  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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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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$1778.55
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
$802.93
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
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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
$306.61
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 1979 vintage Glefarclas single malt Scotch whisky, taken from a single plain butt and bottled in July 2013 for the Autumn 2013 release of their Family Cask range. A surprising example of Glenfarclas...  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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Twenty-nine years old and bottled in 2010 from a hogshead. This is a drinker's whisky, the distinct differences between nose, palate and finish create an fascinating tasting experience.  More info
$368.14
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
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A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling 1954 vintage single malt, which has matured in cask #1260 (a plain butt, if you were wondering) from 1954 to March 2014 - quite a feat, we're sure you'll agree. 480...  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 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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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
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Distilled in 1988 and bottled in 2013 by WM Cadenhead, this Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky is 25 years old. 222 bottles of bourbon hogshead-matured whisky were produced.  More info
$144.34
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
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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
$854.70
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, it...  More info
$343.09
Distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2011 as part of the 7th Family Cask Release from Glenfarclas (and there are plenty more to come!). Matured in a refill hogshead that yielded 240 bottles.  More info
$512.53
Part of the Autumn 2013 release from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range, this Speyside single malt was distilled in 1984, left to mature in a single plain plain hogshead (#6031) then bottled in July...  More info
$544.85
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