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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 1992 (cask 1710) Family Cask Release X

70cl, 55.8%

One of many many wonderful Glenfarclas Family Casks bottlings - this one features whisky distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2012 for their tenth release. It was matured in Sherry butt #1710, resulting…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 (cask 1710) Family Cask Release X
$242.55

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1362) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 51.4%

One of the many splendid Glenfarclas Family Cask bottlings - this one was distilled in 1990 and matured in refill Sherry cask #1362 all the way until March 2014, when it was bottled as part of the…  More info

Glenfarclas 1990 (cask 1362) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$242.82

Glenfarclas 1995 - Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 52.5%

This golden coloured Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling is the ninth offering from 1995.  More info

Glenfarclas 1995 - Family Cask Release IX
$242.99

Glenfarclas 1992 Family Cask Release VIII

70cl, 59.5%

A single cask, cask strength 1992 vintage from Glenfarclas' stellar Family Cask range. This was aged in sherry butt number 861 and was bottled in 2011. George S Grant, the distillery owner, mentions…  More info

Glenfarclas 1992 Family Cask Release VIII
$243.15

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 57.8%

From the renowned Glenfarclas Family Cask range comes a 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt - cask #1, in fact! Ain't that somethin'! It was matured in said cask…  More info

Glenfarclas 1997 (cask 1) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$246.95

Glenfarclas 1984 Family Cask

70cl, 51.3%

Distilled in 1984, this was matured in plain hogshead before bottling in 2007 as part of Glenfarclas' Family Cask collection.  More info

Glenfarclas 1984 Family Cask
$253.44

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
$255.59

Glenfarclas 1986 Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 58.4%

Release number nine of Glenfarclas 1986 from the Family Cask collection comes in the shape of 574 bottles of lip-smackingly good single malt Scotch whisky that has been matured in a sherry butt and…  More info

Glenfarclas 1986 Family Cask Release IX
$257.72

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
$259.20

Glenfarclas 1982 Family Cask Release V

70cl, 54.2%

Glenfarclas' 5th release of the 1982 Family Cask. This was filled into plain hoghsead nunber 633, which was bottled on the 4th May 2010, and there was an outturn of 216 bottles.  More info

Glenfarclas 1982 Family Cask Release V
$259.20

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
$266.27

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
$267.35

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
$267.36

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43.0%

An old bottling of 2 year old Glenfarclas, featuring the old packaging. A tremendous expression from this independent Speyside distillery, full of sherried character and sheer class.  More info

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old (Old Bottling)
$270.27

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43.0%

An old bottling of Glenfarclas' tremendous 30 Year Old complete with the old packaging. Classic, sherried awesomeness from this independent Speyside distillery.  More info

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old (Old Bottling)
$270.27

Glenfarclas 1991 (cask 10267) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 55.9%

This is a Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky which was distilled way back in 1991. It was left to age in a single refill Sherry hogshead until July 2014, when it was…  More info

Glenfarclas 1991 (cask 10267) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$274.92

Glenfarclas 1977 Family Cask

70cl, 59.0%

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
$275.90

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
$276.92

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 2950) Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 57.9%

This is the ninth 1994 release from Glenfarclas' Family Cask Range. Glenfarclas isn't just family owned it is still run by the family themselves and the Family Cask range is testament to the…  More info

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 2950) Family Cask Release IX
$279.07

Glenfarclas 1983 Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 51.0%

The ninth release of Glenfarclas' 1983 vintage Family Casks, aged in cask 43 from 1983 until 2012, when it was bottled. 273 bottles were produced. I wish my family was cool enough to make a whole…  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 Family Cask Release IX
$281.26

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
$290.10

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
$290.18

Glenfarclas 1983 Family Cask

70cl, 56.0%

Family Cask 1983 was a refill hogshead, the whisky is a nutty, fresh dram from Glenfarclas.  More info

Glenfarclas 1983 Family Cask
$291.06

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
$296.46

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
$307.99

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