It's the story of Grants family since 1865, when John Grant created his Single Malt Whisky in Speyside, Scotland. Since then, the Glenfarclas distillery has been operated by the members of the Grant family. "Over 165 years, it's still a family whisky," says John L. S. Grant, current Chairman of the brand.
Glenfarclas Single Malt 'cask strength whisky' is bottled straight from the cask in Edinburg, Scotland, after 8 to 10 years of aging in Spanish sherry oak casks. Their portfolio includes from the sweet and malty 10 years old to 30 years old. Today the distillery distributes the products to many parts of the world besides European markets, including Japan, Australia, India, Canada and the United States.
This family achievement was begun by John Grant, born in 1805 at the farm of Lynbeg in Speyside. He spent more of his life on Blairfindy farm with his wife Barbara. In 1856 John brought the farm of Recherich on Ballindalloch estate, where later became the Glenfarclas Distillery in 1836 by the previous tenant, Robert Hay. When John signed the tenancy agreement in 1865, he purchased the distillery for £511.19.
As the name of Glenfarclas started to travel beyond the homeland, John and his son, George Grant founded the family firm, J. & G. Grant in 1870 to manage the distilling business. As they traveled with their whisky to market the products, they maintained the consistency and its quality. "You don't improve a single malt whisky, you cherish it."
George Grant died in 1890. His son, named also George ran the family business after his father. His son, again named George S. Grant retired after 52 years as the 5th generation, John Grant joined the company in 1973 as the Chairman of the brand.
After 165 years, the distillery still remains in the heart of Speyside, where is known as the home of Scotch Whisky.
The spring water for producing Glenfarclas comes from Benriness in the Spey valley. This is the reason why over half the distilleries in Scotland are located in the area.
Glenfarclas has 12 stainless steel fermentation vessels called wash backs.ı Each fermentator holds 45,000 litres. Traditionally these were made from oak, pine or larch.
The distillery claims that they have the largest copper pot stills in Speyside. Heated by gas burners, 25,000 litres of 'wash' are pumped into the wash still for the first distillation. Itıs then heated until the mixture begins to boil. (Distillers use the lower boiling point of alcohol to vapour the water first.) Collected liquid is the low wineı is about 23% ABV. The second distillation goes into the spirit still resulting alcohol thatıs above 70% ABV.
The 'dunnage' warehouse dating from the 1800s, stores the filled casks for maturation. During the aging process, approximately 2% of the whisky evaporates per year, which is known as the Angelıs Share.ı
Glenfarclas Distillery welcomes visitors all year except Christmas holidays.
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