Glenfarclas Family Cask 1979 4th Edition 70cl 45.2°
Glenfarclas Family Cask 1979 is part of the unique Collection set up by the distillery, that boasts 43 vintages of each year, from 1952 to 1994. This edition is the fourth version of the vintage 1979. This exceptional Single Cask has been bottled on August 13, 2009, and rested for 30 years in a Single Hogshead barrel, crafted from the staves of a bourbon barrel and 25% from a new cask. This hogshead barrel bears the number 11015.
Glenfarclas Family Cask 1979 is a very special whisky with rich notes of fudge and fresh fruits. The hogshead barrel imparts the same flavours as for a bourbon cask, a very different maturation than the usual ageing process of the distillery's Sherry casks.
1979 is a very popular year for Glenfarclas. Only 254 bottles of this Single Cask have been produced with this hogshead n°11015.
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.