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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 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%

A 1969 vintage Glenfarclas, bottled for the Family Cask Summer 2014 Release. This single cask single malt matured in refill butt #2454 from 1969 to March 2014, after which it was bottled with an…  More info

Glenfarclas 1969 (cask 2454) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$3,365.22

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 1969 Family Cask

70cl, 56.2%

A sweet, spicy, vanilla-rich Family Cask from Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 1969 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1969 Family Cask Release VI

70cl, 56.2%

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

Glenfarclas 1969 Family Cask Release VI

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 56.5%

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

Glenfarclas 1970 (cask 2032) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1970 Family Cask

70cl, 53.6%

This Family Cask bottling was distilled in 1970 and matured in single cask number 566, a sherry butt. A powerful, darkly fruity Glenfarclas which was bottled on the 28th February 2007 as part of a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1970 Family Cask
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Glenfarclas 1970 Family Cask Release VII

70cl, 51.7%

The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1970 Family Cask. A very tasty and surprisingly fresh whisky for its advanced age.  More info

Glenfarclas 1970 Family Cask Release VII

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 145) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 50%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1971 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt. This whisky stayed in the Sherry butt until August 2015, when the cask was cracked open…  More info

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 145) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 147) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 51.4%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of well-aged single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry butt from 1971 to July 2014. Yes, we agree, that is a very long time indeed, and Glenfarclas' spirit…  More info

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 147) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 151) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

70cl, 47%

This is another smashing release from the GLenfarclas Family Cask range. It was distilled back in 1971 and set aside to mature in a Sherry butt until said cask was cracked open in January 2017. 424…  More info

Glenfarclas 1971 (cask 151) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

Glenfarclas 1971 Family Cask

70cl, 57.1%

This 1971 vintage Family Cask was matured in single cask 140, a sherry butt. An elegant, stone fruit laden Glenfarclas. This was bottled on the 28th February 2007 as part of a release of 459 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1971 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1971 Family Cask Release VII

70cl, 51%

The 7th release of Glenfarclas' 1971 Family Cask. This was filled into sherry butt 140, where it rested until bottling in 2011. An outturn of 468 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1971 Family Cask Release VII

Glenfarclas 1972 (cask 3483) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 52.9%

Oh yes, it's another superbly well-aged single malt from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This one was distilled in 1972 and left to mature in a single Sherry butt until July 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1972 (cask 3483) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1972 (cask 3548) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 45.6%

A single cask Glenfarclas from the distillery's rather extensive (and spectacular) Family Cask range, released for their Winter 2015 release. This one was distilled all the way back in 1972 and set…  More info

Glenfarclas 1972 (cask 3548) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release
$3,486.01

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask 2578) - Family Cask

70cl, 58.8%

This Glenfarclas Family Cask was distilled in 1973 and matured in sherry butt number 2578. This is a fresh, vanilla-rich whisky with some smoky, fruity notes.  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask 2578) - Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask 4794) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

70cl, 48.6%

My goodness - would you look at this Glenfarclas! This is a 1973 vintage Glenfarclas which has been matured in a Sherry hogshead until August 2015, when it was bottled for the Family Cask Autumn 2015…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask 4794) Family Cask Winter 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask 4795) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 48.2%

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…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 (cask 4795) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1973 Family Cask Autumn 2013 (cask 6056)

70cl, 52.4%

An Autumn 2013 Glenfarclas Family Casks release of single malt Scotch whisky. This edition was distilled in 1973 and matured in cask 6056 until it was bottled in 2013 with an outturn of 139 bottles.…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 Family Cask Autumn 2013 (cask 6056)

Glenfarclas 1973 Family Cask Release VI

70cl, 51.4%

Release 6 of the 1973 family casks, this particular expression was aged in a sherry hogshead. It offers up notes of coffee and leather on the nose, with bitter chocolate and espresso on the palate.…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 Family Cask Release VI

Glenfarclas 1973 Family Cask Release VIII

70cl, 56.5%

This is the eighth release of a 1973 vintage Glenfarclas Family Cask. These are bottled from a single cask from Glenfarclas family owned distillery. The whisky is heavily sherried with notes of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1973 Family Cask Release VIII

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4076) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 42.7%

Another addition to the Glenfarclas Family Cask range (which already features oodles of astonishing single cask whiskies) - this one is a 1974 vintage single malt aged in a refill hogshead until July…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4076) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 43.9%

Very, very well aged Glenfarclas single malt right here, from their brilliant Family Cask selection. This one was distilled all the way back in 1974 and left to age in a refill hogshead until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 4077) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 5787) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

70cl, 55.1%

Superbly Sherried single malt from Glenfarclas, released as part of their massively impressive Family Cask range. This was distilled in 1974 and aged in a Sherry butt until January 2017, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 5787) Family Cask Spring 2017 Release

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 8579) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 57.2%

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

Glenfarclas 1974 (cask 8579) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

Glenfarclas 1974 Family Cask

70cl, 60.8%

A golden coloured whisky, this Family Cask was distilled in 1974 and matured in cask number 5786, a sherry butt.  More info

Glenfarclas 1974 Family Cask

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