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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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The most recent vintage in the Family Cask collection, this was distilled in 1994 and matured in a sherry butt. A citrussy, spicy Glenfarclas. Bottled on the 30th April 2010, this is part of a release...  More info
This was distilled in 1987 and matured in a refill sherry hogshead before release in 2007 as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask collection.  More info
This Glenfarclas Family Cask was a sherry butt, distilled in 1990. The whisky has a lovely richness, with plenty of sherry and rum flavour. This was matured in cask number 5095, which was bottled on...  More info
A rare, sherry-matured Glenfarclas distilled in 1991 and bottled on the 7th November 2011, just in time for Christmas! Loads of flavour from the two Oloroso sherry casks. A release of 1,350 bottles.  More info
A very potent Family Cask bottling from Glenfarclas! This was distilled in 1968 and matured in a sherry butt before release in 2007.  More info
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
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
The sixth release of 1969 Family Cask from Glenfarclas, this time aged in a single sherry hogshead (number 3187) and bottled in 2010. Delicious stuff.  More info
The sixth release of Glenfarclas's 1968 Family Cask was aged in a sherry cask for over 40 years before bottling in 2010 at natural cask strength. A rich, intense whisky with a lot of flavour and...  More info
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
A great single malt from Glenfarclas, this has a rather interesting story behind it; it was created by blending 18 different casks together - 3 from each of the last 6 decades! This was released to...  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
A stunning single cask Glenfarclas distilled way back when in 1952. This was aged in plain hogshead 1710. It was bottled in 2007, and it offers up notes of burnt malt, peat, oak, BBQ smoke, sherry...  More info
This Family Cask was a sherry butt, the whisky was distilled in 1972 and the result is a beautifully balanced Glenfarclas with anise and toffee apple notes. This was aged in cask number 3546, which...  More info
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
The seventh release of Glenfarclas' incredibly popular 1981 Family Cask comes quite light in colour, thanks to its maturation in plain hogshead number 57. George S Grant of Glenfarclas describes this...  More info
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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This is, very much, the gift that keeps on giving. At first it appears to be a rather handsome little barrel-shaped keyring, and what could be better. On closer inspection, it comes apart to reveal...  More info
A deeply hued whisky, this was distilled in 1966 and matured in a single sherry butt before release as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask Collection.  More info
Matured in sherry hogshead number 2649, this is the 6th release of Glenfarclas' 1962 Family Cask. An unusual whisky for Glenfarclas, and very fruity indeed!  More info
Glenfarclas' 5th release of the 1982 Family Cask. This was filled into plain hoghsead nunber 633, which was bottled on the 4th May 2010, and there was an outturn of 216 bottles.  More info
Release three of the 1962 Family Cask, this was aged in a sherry hogshead. It offers up intense freshness, funny considering its age, but really something with staggering pear and apricot notes, with...  More info
Glenfarclas 105 3l
(300cl, 60%)
A brilliant whisky with a brilliant story behind it. These rare, 3 litre bottles of Glenfarclas 105 were only ever given away as prizes to racing jockeys, and they were never released for general...  More info
A refill hogshead matured Family Cask, this Glenfarclas was distilled in 1975, the result is a buttery, sherried whisky with some deep citrus notes.  More info
A sweet, spicy, vanilla-rich Family Cask from Glenfarclas. This is the fourth release, distilled in 1969 and matured in a sherry hogshead.  More info
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