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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 1959 (cask 3225) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

70cl, 46.3%

Massively Sherried single malt from Glenfarclas - yummers! This was distilled all the way back in 1959 and aged in a Sherry hogshead until January 2017, when it was bottled for the Family Cask range.…  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 (cask 3225) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

Glenfarclas 1959 Family Cask

70cl, 52.5%

This was released in the Autumn of 2007 as part of the extensive Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This was distilled in 1959 and matured in a sherry hogshead (cask 1838) which yielded 147 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 Family Cask
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Glenfarclas 1959 Family Cask Release IV

70cl, 48.8%

This was released in the Autumn of 2007 as part of the extensive Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This was distilled in 1959 and matured in a sherry hogshead (cask 1838) which yielded 147 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1959 Family Cask Release IV

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1771) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 42.1%

Another heavily sherried single malt from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This one was distilled all the way back in 1960(!) and left to mature in a sherry hogshead until it was bottled in July…  More info

Glenfarclas 1960 (cask 1771) 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

Glenfarclas 1960 Family Cask

70cl, 52.4%

Distilled at Glenfarclas in 1960, this was matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling on the 16th July 2008.  More info

Glenfarclas 1960 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1960 Family Cask Release III

70cl, 44.6%

Distilled at Glenfarclas in 1960, this was matured in a sherry hogshead before bottling on the 16th July 2008. Cask number 1768.  More info

Glenfarclas 1960 Family Cask Release III

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3055) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 41.7%

A Glenfarclas distilled in 1961(!) and not bottled until 9th July 2014, having spent the interceding years in a single Sherry hogshead until it took on this stunning hue! Extraordinarily well aged…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 3055) 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 1961 (cask 4896) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

70cl, 43.1%

This is a 1961 vintage single malt from the Glenfarclas distillery, aged in a single Sherry hogshead until January 2017, when it was bottled with an outturn of just 160 bottles - all filled with…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 (cask 4896) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask

70cl, 46%

A very Christmas spice rich Glenfarclas, this was distilled in 1961 and matured in single cask 4913, a sherry hogshead, before bottling as part of the 2007 released Family Cask collection.  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 48%

This Glenfarclas boasts an incredible fifty plus years of cask ageing and should be considered a real whisky treasure. Glenfarclas is one of a very limited number of family-run distilleries left in…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask Release IX

Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask Release VI

70cl, 54.4%

This was distilled in 1961, and aged in a single sherry hogshead (cask 1326), this was bottled in 2010 as part of Glenfarclas's incredible Family Cask range, spanning over half a century of whisky.…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask Release VI

Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask Release VII

70cl, 47%

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

Glenfarclas 1961 Family Cask Release VII

Glenfarclas 1961 Glencairn Crystal Decanter

75cl, 43%

An exceedingly elegant bottle of Glenfarclas, distilled in 1961, and aged in oak casks. The special liquid was bottled in a stunning Glencairn crystal decanter at the start of the 1990s. Only a rare…  More info

Glenfarclas 1961 Glencairn Crystal Decanter

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 3245) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

70cl, 45.3%

Incredibly well-matured whisky from Glenfarclas and the distillery's extensive Family Cask series - this one from the Autumn 2013 release. It was distilled all the way back in 1962 and left to mature…  More info

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 3245) Family Cask Autumn 2013 Release

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.9%

Filled into a single 'plain' or refill hogshead back in 1962 and bottled in July 2014 for release in Autumn of that year, this Glenfarclas Speyside malt whisky (or Highland, as they place on their…  More info

Glenfarclas 1962 (cask 4126) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1962 Family Cask

70cl, 54.8%

This was distilled in 1962 and matured in single cask number 2645, a sherry hogshead. The result is an almost rum-like whisky, released as part of the Glenfarclas Family Cask collection.  More info

Glenfarclas 1962 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1962 Family Cask Release VI

70cl, 55.7%

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 1962 Family Cask Release VI

Glenfarclas 1962 Family Cask Release VIII

70cl, 49.2%

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

Glenfarclas 1962 Family Cask Release VIII

Glenfarclas 1963 (cask 3541) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 47.4%

From the Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes this 1963 vintage single malt, which has been matured in one Sherry hogshead. It was bottled in November 2014 at cask strength with an outturn of just…  More info

Glenfarclas 1963 (cask 3541) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask

70cl, 56.7%

This was distilled in 1963 at the Glenfarclas distillery in Speyside. After a long maturation in a single sherry butt the whisky is rich and dark. Released as part of the Family Cask collection.  More info

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask

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 1963 Family Cask Release VIII

70cl, 50.4%

The delicious 8th release of 1968 Glenfarclas Family Cask. This was aged in a sherry hogshead (cask 179) and bottled in 2011. Really lovely, single cask, cask strength Speyside malt from George S…  More info

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Release VIII

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Release X - Shotgun and Rifle Cleaning Kit

70cl, 46.5%

A collaborative effort between Glenfarclas and William & Son. They have created a limited edition shotgun and rifle cleaning kit which includes an incredibly rare bottle of Glenfarclas 1963 Family…  More info

Glenfarclas 1963 Family Cask Release X - Shotgun and Rifle Cleaning Kit

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