“The distinctive, some say unforgettable, taste of our whisky is the result of the family’s experience over 150 years. Our insistence on using traditional distillation methods gives our spirit that time-honored quality.”
THE FAMILY SPIRIT
Since 1865 Glenfarclas has been owned and managed by just one family, the Grants of Glenfarclas. On the 8th of June 1865 John Grant acquired the tenancy for the Rechlerich Farm and as part of the transaction purchased the Glenfarclas Distillery for GBP511.19s.0d. To this day Glenfarclas is one of only a few distilleries in Scotland to remain family owned and managed. Now in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation of the family, the Grants remain committed to the vision of creating the best quality Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, in the traditional Speyside style.
They are perhaps most famous for their devotion to ex-sherry casks. In order to ensure this expensive and rare commodity, that is integral to Glenfarclas’ distinctive qualities, John Grant travels to Spain every year to select the very best sherry casks. Filled casks are then stored in one of the thirty-four damp and low-lying dunnage warehouses with an angel’s share of less than 1%. Historically, they do use other cask types but are not proponents of cask finishing, although they did release a port pipe bottling from 1981 dedicated to the 4th generation, George Grant as part of the Family Collector’s series.
THE FAMILY CASKS COLLECTION
The Family Casks are a unique collection of the best single casks from the distillery. Launched in early 2007 at the Caledonian Club in London, the collection initially comprised of 43 single cask bottlings, with one cask from every year from 1952 to 1994. Since then, there have been further seasonal releases to replace casks which have been sold out, and to extend the offers as wider range of consecutive vintage dated single casks as possible. The Family Casks are bottled at cask strength and natural colour, allowing you to explore the subtle complexity between casks and the Grant’s family heritage.