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Callum Fraser
*Distillery Manager

J. & G. Grant


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head whisky maker(s)

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Year Founded

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Founded in 1836, Glenfarclas stands as one of the last independent, family-owned and operated distilleries in the whisky industry. This storied distillery, known for producing exceptional Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, is guided by the Grant family, who have nurtured its legacy since acquiring it in 1865. The name "Glenfarclas" translates to "valley of the green grass," a testament to the lush pastureland surrounding the distillery. This historic site, with its roots dating back to the late 18th century, transitioned from a farm to a whisky production facility. It likely played a role in illicit distillation before obtaining an official license in 1836. The distillery's ownership transitioned to John Grant in 1865, a move that marked the beginning of its continuous family stewardship.

Glenfarclas' ability to retain its traditional methods is not rooted in nostalgia but in a pragmatic approach to business. Over the years, the distillery has weathered economic downturns by adhering to a philosophy of producing whisky within its financial means, avoiding debt, and adapting to market conditions. While the whisky industry experienced production cutbacks in the 1980s, Glenfarclas expanded its operations, positioning itself to capitalize on market recovery when it occurred. Balancing the supply of whisky for blending with stock reserved for single malt bottlings has enabled Glenfarclas to amass substantial volumes of aged whisky.

Glenfarclas also distinguishes itself by refusing to allow independent bottlers to use its name, reinforcing its strong brand identity. The distillery maintains a commitment to direct firing of its stills, emphasizing the importance of rich distillate character to complement the tannic and fruity profiles developed in ex-Sherry casks. Glenfarclas boasts a history of innovation, pioneering the cask-strength bottling with the launch of its 105° expression in 1968. Additionally, it was one of the early distilleries to open its doors to visitors in 1973, contributing to its reputation as a trailblazer in the single malt whisky arena.

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Distillery Bottling

  • 1989/28 Year |The Family Casks - Release Winter 2018| Sherry Butt #13010 - 51.4% Harold H.

The Whisky Jury

  • "Secret Speyside" (The Whisky Jury) 1990/30 Year |24th Release| Refill Hogshead #Twj-Gl-1990 - 46.6% Harold H.

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