Glenfarclas
Distillery
Founded in 1836
Glenfarclas is located on the Rechlerich Farm in Ballindaloch, Speyside. Glenfarclas translates as meaning "valley of the green grass."

Robert Hay built a distillery on the Rechlerich Farm in 1836, and on June 8th 1865, John Grant became the tenant of the farm and bought the distillery.

After he acquired it, George Grant (son of John) and John Smith (cousin of John), became responsible for taking care of the distillery. However, after J. Smith left for the building Cragganmore, George took full control of the distillery.

After John and George died, the company continued with George's sons John and George. During the Whisky boom, they experienced a financial crisis. But somehow, Glenfarclas survived.

A Fourth generation of Grant's came with George Scott Grant, who managed to keep a great amount of casks of the blend Whiskies.

In 2002, John L.S. Grant took charge as the fifth generation, and lastly in 2000, his son George S. Grant joined the company as the sixth generation. Glenfarclas managed to keep the company a family owned brand.

Production in Glenfarclas is traditional. It takes place twenty hours a day, in three shifts. The mash tun is one of the biggest mash tuns in Scotland. The whole process takes about 11 hours. The distillery has 12 washbacks, each having a capacity of 45,000 liters.

There are three wash stills with 29,600 liters of capacity, and three spirit stills of 25,000 liter capacity. Pot stills are heated directly by gas fire. Spanish Sherry casks are the major key in the production of Glenfarclas Whiskies.

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
    Speyside
  • Established
    1836
  • Owner
    J. & G. Grant
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    6
  • Visitor center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    Glenfarclas Distillery Ballindalloch Moray AB37 9BD United Kingdom
  • Phone
    +44 1807 500257
  • Website
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Glenfarclas is one of the last distilleries in Scotland that still uses direct heating, for all of its stills.

In 1973, the first visitor center was opened in the Glenfarclas Distillery.
About
Speyside
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, Speyside malts from these fifty or so distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
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