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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 1977 (cask 8635) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 40.2%

A 1977 vintage single cask Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of their renowned Family Cask range. This particular bottling was matured in a refill butt cask from 1977 until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1977 (cask 8635) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$431.17

Glenfarclas 1977 Family Cask

70cl, 59%

A buttery, creamy whisky with quite some spice, this Glenfarclas Family Cask was a refill butt (cask number 61), distilled in 1977 and bottled on the 30th November 2006 as part of a release of 582…  More info

Glenfarclas 1977 Family Cask
$266.19

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 4004) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 41.3%

From the Summer 2014 release of Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings comes this 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky. It was matured in a plain hogshead from 1978 until March 2014, when it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 4004) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$351.95

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 746) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 46.2%

From the Spring 2015 release of the Glenfarclas Family Cask series comes a 1978 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a 4th fill hogshead. It was bottled in December 2014 at 46.2% ABV, with a…  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 (cask 746) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$365.83

Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask

70cl, 50.3%

This Glenfarclas Family Cask was distilled in 1978. It was a refill hogshead and the whisky is an elegant, fresh spirit.  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask

Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask Release III

70cl, 57.6%

This Glenfarclas Family Cask was distilled in 1978. It was a refill hogshead and the whisky is an elegant, fresh spirit. This is the third release.  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask Release III
$279.89

Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask Release VII

70cl, 46.3%

Distilled in 1978 and bottled in 2011 as part of the 7th Family Cask Release from Glenfarclas (and there are plenty more to come!). Matured in a refill hogshead that yielded 240 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask Release VII
$359.10

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
$366.02

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 146) (bottled 2007) Family Cask

70cl, 52.8%

This is a very creamy tasting Glenfarclas Family Cask. It was a plain hogshead, distilled in 1979. Please note: There's looks to be some insoluble sediment in this bottle.  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 (cask 146) (bottled 2007) Family Cask

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
$366.02

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Autumn 2013

70cl, 42.7%

A 1979 vintage Glefarclas single malt Scotch whisky, taken from a single plain butt and bottled in July 2013 for the Autumn 2013 release of their Family Cask range. A surprising example of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Autumn 2013
$323.07

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release IV

70cl, 45.2%

This is a very creamy tasting Glenfarclas Family Cask. It was a plain hogshead, distilled in 1979. This is the fourth release.  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release IV
$279.96

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release X (cask 8791)

70cl, 52.2%

The Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask reaches double digits! The 10th release comes from cask 8791, a plain hogshead, and was bottled in 2012. A limited release of 210 bottles of brilliant single malt…  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release X (cask 8791)
$334.26

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
$434.22

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 3180) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.2%

A 1980 vintage Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Family Cask Summer 2014 release. The whisky was filled into plain hogshead #3180 and happily matured until March 2014, when it…  More info

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 3180) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$323.07

Glenfarclas 1980 Family Cask

70cl, 50.1%

This Family Cask was distilled at Glenfarclas in 1980. The refill sherry butt has brought about a lovely sweetness, quite biscuity and malty.  More info

Glenfarclas 1980 Family Cask
$256.90

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
$773.24

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1607) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release

70cl, 48.3%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1981 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single 4th fill butt until July 2016. A release of 265 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 (cask 1607) Family Cask Summer 2016 Release
$434.35

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask

70cl, 52.4%

Glenfarclas Family Cask 1981 was a refill sherry hogshead. The whisky is smoky and honeyed.  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask
$246.60

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Autumn 2013

70cl, 43.5%

A 1981 vintage Glenfarclas, bottled for their Family Cask range, as part of their Autumn 2013 release. From 1981 to July 2013, this whisky matured in a single refill hogshead, which had an outturn of…  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Autumn 2013
$297.14

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release V

70cl, 50.9%

The fifth release of Glenfarclas 1981, this whisky was aged in a single plain hogshead (cask 58), and it was bottled at natural cask strength in 2010. It marks a change from many of the family casks…  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release V
$364.70

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release VII

70cl, 50.8%

Twenty-nine years old and bottled in 2010 from a hogshead. This is a drinker's whisky, the distinct differences between nose, palate and finish create an fascinating tasting experience.  More info

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release VII
$257.94

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release VII

70cl, 50.8%

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

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release VII
$250.07

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 53.8%

One of the Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings, featuring a single malt Scotch whisky distilled in 1982 and matured in a plain hogshead cask until July 2014. It was bottled as part of their Autumn 2014…  More info

Glenfarclas 1982 (cask 634) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$408.45

Glenfarclas 1982 Family Cask

70cl, 58.3%

This Family Cask was a refill sherry hogshead (cask 2213), distilled in 1982. This whisky is a spicy, rich Glenfarclas, bottled on the 20th November 2006 as part of an outturn of 258 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1982 Family Cask

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