Glenfarclas 12 Year Old
Glenfarclas distillery is a Speyside whisky distillery in Ballindalloch, Scotland. Glenfarclas translates as meaning valley of the green grass. The distillery is owned and run by the Grant family. And has six large stills which are heated directly by gas burners.
Country of Origin
The History of Glenfarclas started when the farmer Robert Hay built a distillery on the Rechlerich Farm in 1836. On June 8th, 1865 John Grant became tenant of the farm and bought the distillery for the price of £511.19S.0d. He was 60 years old and married to Barbara with whom he had six children. He was a successful farmer and breeded Aberdeen Angus cattle on several farms he owned. While he stayed at his Blairfindy Farm his distant Cousin John Smith cared for the Rechlerich Farm and the distillery, supported by John’s Sohn George Grant. John Smith left Glenfarclas in 1870 to build another distillery, Cragganmore.
When John Grant died in 1889, George became owner of farm and distillery, but he also passed away just one year later, leaving Glenfarclas to his sons John and George and his widow Elsie.
When whisky boomed in the 1890s the brothers decided to expand and went into a partnership with Pattison, Elder&Co. which was ill-fated and nearly led to a financial ruin of the Grants. During 15 hard years the distillery was saved. The company was turned into J & G Grant, but John retired early and George led the family business on his own.
The fourth generation of Grants stepped into business with George Scott Grant, who was Chairman of Glenfarclas for 52 years until he died in 2002. Thanks to him to lay down a big stock of casks and deciding not to give that much whisky away to blenders as it had been done before. That’s the reason why Glenfarclas has hands on great old casks.
John L.S. Grant followed his father George S. Grant as a chairman in 2002. At that time he had already been working in the company for nearly 30 years. He personally selects the Spanish sherry casks that will mature the Glenfarclas whisky and sources the malted barley for the production. The Family Casks releases are due to him.
When John’s son George S. Grant joined Glenfarclas in 2000 it was the sixth generation to rule the family business. He works as Glenfarclas Brand Ambassador yet and introduces the whiskies to old and new markets.
Age on release
100% Spanish sherry casks
Glenfarclas quick facts
Place of origin: Glenfarclas DISTILLERY, Rothes House, Rothes, Aberlour AB38 7AF, United Kingdon
Water source: Ben Rinnes
Washbacks: Stainless steel
Number of stills: 3 wash stills and 3 spirit stills
Capacity: 3,000,000 litres per annum
Nose: Light and creamy with a mix of supple, soft sherry and Manuka honey. Gentle and well-balanced, there are hints of smoke, rich oak, and a little pine resin.
Taste: Medium-bodied, with notes of date and walnut cake, Oloroso sherry and hints of earthy forest floor. A beautiful note of malt, with toffee apple and a touch of smoke.
Finish: Spicy and long, notes of allspice, cinnamon and cloves, with orange zest and sherry