Glenfarclas £511.19s.Old Family Reserve 70cl 43°
Celebrating the 150 years anniversary of the Ballindalloch distillery purchase by John Grant in 1865, this special bottling has been crafted by the 5th and 6th family generations, continuous owners of the distillery. £511.19s.Old Family Reserve, grading 43%, is a combination of 3 casks from 1970 and 2000 with a prevailing part of first fill Sherry butts, 2 Sherry butts and 1 hogshead, living up to the high profile of the spirits distilled by Glenfarclas.
The name refers to the price paid by John Grant for the distillery. A original copy of the deed of sale has been included with each bottle, along with a note of George Grant explaining how important this bottling is to the Grant family.
This Single Malt highlights the family achievement, who have been successfully creating, with time, passion and dedication, high quality whiskies for more than a century. "The beauty of independence is that we have complete control over the quality and character of our whisky, and this control allows us to choose personally what we want the brand to represent", George Grant says.
Amongst the few genuinely independent Scottish distilleries, Glenfarclas is the most envied for its autonomy.
Since 1865, the history of Glenfarclas has been deeply intertwined with the history of the Grant’s family. On June 8, 1865, John Grant became tenant of the Rechlerich farm and bought the Glenfarclas distillery, founded in 1836, for £511.19.
Today Glenfarclas is one of the few entirely independent family-run distilleries. Whiskies produced by the distillery are widely recognized by the discerning palates and ranked amongst the first Speyside whiskies. The Grant’s family motto, today represented by the 5th and 6th generation, is to create “a pure and perfect Scotch Highland whisky in the traditional Speyside style”. The name Glenfarclas means “the valley of the green grass” and the distillery is located about 1.5km away from the Spey, near Marypark village.
Glenfarclas kept the same stills than those used back in 1836 : 6 stills amongst the biggest of Speyside. The Sherry influence is remarkable: Glenfarclas has uncompromising values when investing in the best Sherry casks, and owns today near than 68000 casks, ageing in 32 different warehouses. These are Spanish casks of Oloroso and Fino Sherry, charred so as to coax out all of the vanilla flavor and sweeten the whisky. Glenfarclas has been developing vintage casks every year since 1952 until today. Each vintage reveals unique character and aromas, from the delicate freshness of a 10 year-old whisky to a sweet 30 year-old Single Malt.
The official release of the Family Casks in 2008 made history: the range offers not less than 43 vintage bottlings, from 1952 to 1994, each being single casks bottled at cask strength.
In 2016, when participating to the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016, Glenfarclas has been voted Best Scotch Single Malt Distillery. 39 experts from the World Spirits Industry rewarded the Glenfarclas Distillery with 6 medals attributed to various whiskies.