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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 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 50.9%

From the Spring 2015 Release of Glenfarclas' legendary Family Cask range comes a 1992 vintage single malt Scotch whisky which was matured in a single butt cask until December 2014. It's presented at…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 5850) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 2957) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 55.4%

Presented as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask Winter 2015 Release, this is a 1994 vintage single malt left to age in a single Sherry butt until August 2015. 646 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 2957) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1990 (bottled 2017) - Edition No.21 Thomas Carlyle

70cl, 46%

A limited edition bottling of Glenfarclas single malt which was distilled in 1990 and bottled for the German market in 2017. This particular edition features a portrait of noted Scottish philosopher…  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 (bottled 2017) - Edition No.21 Thomas Carlyle

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 1574) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.1%

A Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1994 and aged in a refill Sherry butt until March 2014, when it was bottled as part of their Family Cask Summer 2014 Release. Only 583 bottles were produced.  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 1574) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 2001 (cask 2133) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

70cl, 57.9%

Just look at the gorgeous copper hue of this single cask Glenfarclas! Just bloomin' look at! This is a 2001 vintage single malt matured in a Sherry hogshead until 2017, when it was bottled for the…  More info

Glenfarclas 2001 (cask 2133) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 48.8%

A 1978 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, presented as part of the Winter 2015 release of their Family Cask series. This was matured in a 4th fill hogshead from 1978 until August 2015, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 762) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.5%

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

Glenfarclas 1999 (cask 6321) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 47.8%

A 1995 vintage single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, released as part of their Spring 2015 Family Cask release. It was left to age in a single Sherry hogshead until December 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1995 (cask 2283) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 7300) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 56.5%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1989 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the legendary family-owned, Speyside-based distillery. This was aged in a refill Sherry hogshead and bottled in July…  More info

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 7300) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 53.4%

The hits keep on coming from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. Part of their Summer 2014 release, this is a 1988 vintage single malt, matured in a refill Sherry butt (#434) until March 2014. 603 of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56.4%

Distilled in 1988, matured in a single refill Sherry hogsheads and bottled on 2nd December 2014, this Glenfarclas is part of the distillery's Spring 2015 Family Cask Releases.  More info

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 1993) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)

70cl, 43.3%

The first ever 60 year old released by Glenfarclas is a landmark moment in the incredible history of this independent, family-owned distillery. Matured in a single first fill Sherry butt, this…  More info

Glenfarclas 60 Year Old (cask 1672)
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Glenfarclas 1991 (cask 162) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 58%

From the Glenfarclas Family Cask Winter 2015 Release comes a 1991 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a Sherry butt until August 2015, when it was bottled at 58% ABV. Just 562 bottles were…  More info

Glenfarclas 1991 (cask 162) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 5691) Family Cask

70cl, 53.8%

A single cask bottling of 22 year old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in June 1991 and bottled in March 2014 - this particular cask was selected by The Whisky Shop Dufftown folks!  More info

Glenfarclas 22 Year Old 1991 (cask 5691) Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2458) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 56.2%

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

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2458) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 1411) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 48%

This is a 1980 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as part of their Spring 2015 release of the very popular Family Cask series. It was set aside to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 1411) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1276) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 48.6%

Part of Glenfarclas' Family Cask Spring 2015 Releases, this delicious single malt from the heart of Speyside was filled into a refill Sherry cask back in 1990 and bottled in December 2014. 535…  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1276) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 44.2%

An Autumn 2013 Family Cask release of Glenfarclas single malt distilled in 1958, years before the first Beatles album was even released! It was aged in a single Sherry hogshead until it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 49.6%

A frightfully old Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky from their Family Cask range. It was distilled all the way back in 1957(!) and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead. It was bottled as part of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 11018) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 41.1%

This is a single cask bottling of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Winter 2015 Release of their Family Cask range. It was distilled in 1979 and matured in a fourth fill hogshead…  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 11018) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1603) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 52.9%

A 1981 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a plain butt cask until July 2014. It was then bottled with an outturn of 529 bottles and released as part of the Family Cask 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1603) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3056) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.7%

A 1961 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry hogshead until November 2014. This has been presented as part of their Family Cask Spring 2015 Release, with only 166…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3056) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 19 Year Old 1986 (cask 2919) - The Family Reserve

70cl, 49%

A rare and collectible bottling of Glenfarclas single malt here - exciting stuff! This was distilled in September 1986, aged in a single Sherry cask and bottled 19 years later in April 2006. 760…  More info

Glenfarclas 19 Year Old 1986 (cask 2919) - The Family Reserve

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 8802) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 46.4%

A single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Glenfarclas distillery, distilled in 1979, matured in a plain hogshead (#8802) and bottled in July 2014 as part of their long-running…  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 8802) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1775) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 45.2%

Glenfarclas Family Cask Releases are something very special indeed, and they just keep coming! This stunning 1960 vintage, from a single cask that had an outturn of just 194 bottles, was disgorged on…  More info

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1775) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

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