An auctioneer's guide to Glenfarclas, the family owned Speyside malt whisky distillery

Glenfarclas is one of the oldest distilleries in Speyside and, since it was purchased by John Grant in 1865 for £511 and 19 shillings, it has remained under the Grant family's ownership.
Known for its use of European oak sherry casks and direct-fired stills, the distillery was the first to release a high strength single malt (Glenfarclas 105° was released in 1968) and among the first to open a visitor centre in 1973.
Though Glenfarclas distillery does supply blenders, it has always held back a sizeable portion of its output for single malt bottlings, the result is that Glenfarclas retains significant volumes of long aged stocks. Among whisky fans the distillery is renowned for its full bodied, sherried malt, and the core range includes 10 to 30 Year Old expressions. The Family Cask series, a collection of single cask whiskies from consecutive vintages, illustrates the Grant family's foresight and commitment to quality, and has proved popular with collectors worldwide. In 2018, the distillery filled a single bottle with 42 Year Old malt distilled in 1967, which was generously donated to the Whisky.Auction charity auction.

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