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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 18 Year Old

100cl, 43%

A 1 litre bottling of 18 year old Glenfarclas single malt initially released for travel retail, broaching the gap between the excellent 15 and 21 year olds.  More info

Glenfarclas 18 Year Old
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Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask

70cl, 56.5%

This Family Cask single cask from Glenfarclas was distilled in 1952. The oldest in the collection, matured in a plain hogshead.  More info

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask Release II

70cl, 41.9%

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

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask Release II

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask Release III

70cl, 47.3%

The third release of Glenfarclas' 1952 Family Cask. George S Grant comments on how fresh this whisky has remained, despite having spent 55 years in a single hogshead! A delicious whisky offering up…  More info

Glenfarclas 1952 Family Cask Release III

Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old

70cl, 47.2%

This is an incredibly rare single cask whisky that’s exclusively available through Master of Malt and, at 58 years of age, it's the oldest spirit ever released by Glenfarclas. It was chosen by a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1953 - 58 Years Old
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Glenfarclas 1953 (cask 1675) Family Cask Release X

70cl, 49.6%

Very, very old Glenfarclas here, presented as part of their Family Cask Release X. This was distilled all the way back in 1953 (which was the same year that Ian Fleming published his first book about…  More info

Glenfarclas 1953 (cask 1675) Family Cask Release X

Glenfarclas 1953 Family Cask

70cl, 53.7%

In Autumn of 2007, Glenfarclas released a massive back catalogue of vintage casks. There are 43 between years 1952 to 1994. This single malt Speyside whisky was distilled in 1953.  More info

Glenfarclas 1953 Family Cask
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Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.7%

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

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1259) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1260) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 47.2%

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

Glenfarclas 1954 (cask 1260) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1954 Family Cask

70cl, 52.6%

Released in Autumn of 2007, this single Family Cask was distilled in 1954 and matured in a sherry butt (number 444).  More info

Glenfarclas 1954 Family Cask
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Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 43.3%

This is a 1955 vintage Glenfarclas single malt, bottled for the Family Cask range. After a lengthy slumber in a Sherry butt, this release was bottled in June 2013 with an outturn of 507 bottles. It's…  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 (cask 2217) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

Glenfarclas 1955 Family Cask

70cl, 46.1%

A sherry butt matured Glenfarclas single cask. This Family Cask bottling was distilled in 1955 and released in 2007.  More info

Glenfarclas 1955 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.8%

Distilled back in November 1956 and matured in a single Sherry hogshead before being bottled in 2015. The outturn was just 151 exquisite bottles. "butterscotch, ulmo honey and Black Jack candy...…  More info

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 1767) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 2355) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 43.1%

Whisky distilled in the 1950s, anyone? That's what we've got right here - a 1956 vintage single malt from the fantastic Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This was aged in a Sherry butt until August…  More info

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 2355) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 2358) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 48.3%

Love long-aged whiskies? The Glenfarclas Family Cask range will be something for you to keep your eye on, then. The distillery in Speyside has an extensive warehouse of casks dating back many, many…  More info

Glenfarclas 1956 (cask 2358) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1956 Family Cask

70cl, 47.3%

This was matured in sherry butt number 1758. Distilled in 1956 and released in 2007 as part of the extensive Family Cask range from Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 1956 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask

70cl, 54%

A very rich and dark whisky. This was distilled at Glenfarclas in 1957 and matured in cask 2111, a sherry hogshead before a 2007 release as part of the Family Cask range.  More info

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask

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 1957 Family Cask Release II

70cl, 46.5%

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

Glenfarclas 1957 Family Cask Release II

Glenfarclas 1958 (Cask 2062) Family Cask Release X

70cl, 43.7%

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

Glenfarclas 1958 (Cask 2062) Family Cask Release X
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Glenfarclas 1958 (cask 2065) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.2%

1958 vintage Glenfarclas, aged in a single cask. This will undoubtedly be ridiculous. It was matured in a Sherry hogshead until July 2014, and bottled with an outturn of just 138 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1958 (cask 2065) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask

70cl, 51.6%

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

Glenfarclas 1958 Family Cask

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 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 1959 (cask 1822) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 47.1%

Single cask Glenfarclas, released as part of their Family Cask series. This incredibly dark Speyside single malt was distilled all the way back in 1959 and left to mature in a Sherry hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 1822) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

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