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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 1981 Family Cask Release VII

70cl, 50.80%

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
$264.49

Glenfarclas 1982 Family Cask Release V

70cl, 54.20%

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
$264.49

Glenfarclas 1980 Family Cask

70cl, 50.10%

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
$271.71

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Release VII

70cl, 50.80%

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
$272.81

Glenfarclas 25 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

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)
$275.78

Glenfarclas 30 Year Old (Old Bottling)

70cl, 43%

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)
$275.78

Glenfarclas 1991 (cask 10267) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 55.90%

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
$280.53

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
$281.54

Glenfarclas 1994 (cask 2950) Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 57.90%

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
$284.76

Glenfarclas 1983 Family Cask Release IX

70cl, 51%

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
$287.00

Glenfarclas 1993 (cask 1614) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 59.10%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1993 vintage single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill Sherry butt. It joined the illustrious Family Cask range in Autumn 2014, after it was bottled…  More info

Glenfarclas 1993 (cask 1614) Family Cask  Autumn 2014 Release
$287.77

Glenfarclas 1988 (cask 434) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 53.40%

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
$292.63

Glenfarclas 1978 Family Cask Release III

70cl, 57.60%

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
$296.02

Glenfarclas 1979 Family Cask Release IV

70cl, 45.20%

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
$296.10

Glenfarclas 1983 Family Cask

70cl, 56%

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

Glenfarclas 1983 Family Cask
$297.00

Glenfarclas 1981 Family Cask Autumn 2013

70cl, 43.50%

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
$314.27

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2591) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 45.40%

Here we have a Family Cask bottling of Glenfarclas single malt Scotch whisky, produced as part of the Summer 2014 release. From 1985 to March 2014, refill hogshead #2592 matured this whisky, after…  More info

Glenfarclas 1985 (cask 2591) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$315.57

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 58.60%

A Glenfarclas Family Cask bottling of 1996 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from one of the most renowned whisky distilleries. Distilled in the fantastic year 1996, this whisky was left to mature in…  More info

Glenfarclas 1996 (cask 518) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release
$315.97

Glenfarclas 1979 (bottled 2012) (cask 8791) Family Cask Release X

70cl, 52.20%

Distilled in 1979 and bottled on 27th June 2012, this single malt Glenfarclas comes from a single ex-Sherry hogshead. Part of their tremendous Family Cask releases.  More info

Glenfarclas 1979 (bottled 2012) (cask 8791) Family Cask Release X
$320.09

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 12991) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release

70cl, 54.50%

A well-Sherried single cask whisky from the Glenfarclas Family Cask range. This one was distilled back in 1989 and placed into a Sherry butt to mature until July 2014. It was bottled for the Autumn…  More info

Glenfarclas 1989 (cask 12991) Family Cask Autumn 2014 Release
$323.12

Glenfarclas 1974 Family Cask

70cl, 60.80%

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
$325.19

Glenfarclas 1976 Family Cask

70cl, 49.40%

A refill butt matured Family Cask, this 1976 vintage Glenfarclas offers a very creamy, fruity character.  More info

Glenfarclas 1976 Family Cask
$332.82

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release

70cl, 51.10%

This is a 1987 vintage single malt, released by Glenfarclas for their Spring 2015 release of the Family Cask range. It was distilled in 1987 and set aside to mature in refill butt #1477 until…  More info

Glenfarclas 1987 (cask 1477) Family Cask Spring 2015 Release
$336.19

Glenfarclas 31 Year Old Port Cask

70cl, 42.80%

Although Glenfarclas primarily use first and second fill sherry casks, occasionally we get to see the results of their glorious spirit being laid down in other types of cask too. Last year saw the…  More info

Glenfarclas 31 Year Old Port Cask
$341.01

Glenfarclas 1980 (cask 3180) Family Cask Summer 2014 Release

70cl, 46.20%

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
$341.69

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