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Beschrijving: 3dflagsdotcom_uksco_2fawsGLENFARCLAS HISTORY

 

Beschrijving: JOHN GRANT 1805_1889

 Beschrijving: GEORGE GRANT 1830_1890

Beschrijving: GEORGE GRANT 1874_1949

Beschrijving: GEORGE S GRANT 1923 - 2002

Beschrijving: JOHN GRANT

Beschrijving: George S Grant

Beschrijving: EXT_01

Glenfarclas, "Glen of the green grassland" nestles at the foot of Benrinnes. Purple in autumn and snow clad in winter, this majestic Speyside mountain rises up behind the distillery. High up on its heather covered slopes and fed by the melting snows of winter, crystal clear spring water bubbles up from the granite below, providing Glenfarclas with the purest water, to be transformed into the "water of life". By using only the finest ingredients and traditional distillation methods, the unforgettable flavour of Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky is created. Some say that the secret of Glenfarclas is to be found in the spring water, in the finest malted barley, in the great Glenfarclas copper pot stills, in the indefinable magic of the Highland air. Others say that Glenfarclas takes on its unique character during the long years maturing in the finest oak casks. 

One thing is for sure, in the heart of the distillery, the magnificent still house, a magical transformation takes place. The roar of direct fired stills, the gleam of sunbeams reflecting on polished copper, and the sheer size of the largest pot stills in Speyside, is breathtaking. Distilling twice, only the lightest and best fractions of alcohol are collected and it has been said that "it is the whisky they don't use that makes Glenfarclas great". It is with a trained eye, a skill passed on by generations, that the stillman make the middle cut at precisely the right moment to collect the glorious new spirit worthy of the Glenfarclas title. Once the precious new spirit is collected, it is filled into the finest Spanish Sherry oak casks, to be matured into the unforgettable taste of Glenfarclas. The casks from Seville in Spain, have previously held Oloroso or Fino Sherry, and just like his ancestors, John Grant selects the casks personally. The casks lie sleeping for many years, only sharing their secrets with the Angels themselves. 

From the mouthwatering maltiness of the 10 year old, to the Sherry soaked fruit cake of the award-winning 30 year old, "Glenfarclas is as natural and perfect as the day it leaves its Highland home - its flavour captured and suspended in time until the delightful moment of truth when the cork is removed and that autumn sun is released". So when Glenfarclas is eventually poured and savoured, whether it be the unique 105 Cask Strength, the 10, 12, 15, 21, 25 or 30 year old, remember each dram is a celebration of the unique combination of location and history; the achievement of a family's dream.

The story of Glenfarclas Distillery, established in 1836, is a rich and colourful as the whisky itself. It is the story of one Scottish family, the Grants, who since 1865 have been united by a single vision - the creation of the perfect malt whisky.

The story of the Glenfarclas Grants started in 1805, when John Grant, the present Chairman's great-great grandfather, was born on the family farm of Lynbeg, at Glenlivet, in the heart of Speyside. John Grant became a highly successful farmer, owning several farms in the area and breeding champion Aberdeen Angus cattle. He lived at Blairfindy Farm, just two miles from his birthplace, and married Barbara Grant in 1827. They had six children, including a son called George, born in 1930. So it was only natural for him to be interested in the Rechlerich Farm, on the Ballindalloch Estate, when it became vacant in 1865. Rechlerich Farm was also renowned in the area for the Glenfarclas Distillery, established in 1836 by the previous tenant farmer Robert Hay. When John Grant signed the tenancy agreement the 8th of June 1865, he purchased the distillery for £511.19s0d. He remained at Blairfindy and sent his son George, to look after Rechlerich Farm, whilst the distillery was sub-let to John Smith, a descendent of John Grant's great uncle, for five years.

Nestled in fertile grassland, the farm proved an ideal halfway staging post for cattle being driven between the many farms in Glenlivet, and the market in Elgin. The drovers would stop and water their cattle at the farm, rest their weary feet and enjoy the restorative powers of a dram or two of Glenfarclas single malt whisky. In 1870, John Smith left to build Cragganmore Distillery and John Grant took his son into partnership. This was also the year that George married his cousin Elsie Gordon, and they went on to have five children, including two sons called John and George. In 1889, John Grant died, leaving George to run both the distillery and the farm. Sadly, a year later George also passed away, leaving the license to his widow and his two eldest sons, John and George. They later formed the Glenfarclas-Glenlivet distillery company, with Pattisons of Leith, and held a 50 % share. Unfortunately, it proved to be a troublesome partnership, and eventually collapsed. This left John and George in a predicament, but in true Grant family style they were not disheartened, and formed their own company, J. & G. Grant.

Beschrijving: ROAD_VIEW

By 1914, after many years of hard work, family commitment and shrewd accounting, the future of Glenfarclas was secure in the hands of the Grant family. However, John Grant retired in this year due to ill health, and his brother George continued as sole partner. In 1921, George married Jessie Stuart Scott and they had two sons, George Scott Grant, and John Peter Grant. During the Second World War, both sons served in the forces, Geroge in the RNVR, and John with the Gordon Highlanders and First African Rifles. After they were de-mobbed, their father held a party in Elgin, in 1948, to celebrate the distillery's supposed centenary, his Si

lver Wedding Anniversary and his sons 21st birthdays, all of which had taken place during the War. At this time, it was thought that Glenfarclas was established in 1845, subsequently it was discovered that it was first licensed in 1836. 1949 saw the death of George Grant senior, and the marriage of his son George S. Grant, to Catherine. They went on to have three children, including a son, John L.S. Grant, who joined Glenfarclas in 1973. George S. Grant retired in 2001, after 52 years as Chairman, and sadly passed away in 2002. John L.S. Grant succeeded his father as Chairman. John L.S. Grant also has a son, George, who was born in 1976, and represents the sixth generation of the Grant family.

George, son of John, is the sixth generation of the family and the companyís Brand Ambassador. George joined the family business in 2000 after working for another Scotch Whisky Distiller, and the Glenfarclas distributor in Hong Kong; Fine Vintages (Far East) Ltd. George is passionate about Glenfarclas and particularly enjoys introducing whisky lovers to the older expressions of Glenfarclas, those distilled by his grandfather and watched over by his father.

To produce Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, these three essential ingredients are required: pure spring water, malted barley, and yeast. These finest ingredients, combined with the unique size and shape of the copper pot stills, traditional distillation methods, specially selected oak casks, and the style and location of the warehouses, are all important factors determining the final unique character of Glenfarclas. The heather clad slopes of the 840 metre high Ben Rinnes mountain purple in autumn and snow clad in winter, rise up majestically behind the distillery. The melting snows of winter seep down through the peat, deep into the granite below, rising up as pure, crystal clear spring water, soft ans slightly acidic, ideal for making whisky. The water of Speyside is exceptional for producing malt whisky, and over half the distilleries in Scotland are located in this region.The malted barley is no longer produced at the distillery, as it is no longer cost effective. Since 1972 specialist 'malsters' companies who specialise in malting barley, produce the malt to the distillery's specifications. The pagoda roof, from the old kiln, now takes a pride of place over the entrance to the Visitors Centre. The barley is usually grown in Scotland, and often in the local area of Moray.

Glenfarclas is bottled at Broxburn Bottlers, near Edinburgh. Prior to bottling the casks are emptied into vats, enabling the flavours to 'marry' together. By using two types of casks, plain oak, and sherry, all Glenfarclas is bottled at natural colour. Depending on the age selected and the stocks available, the ratio is usually two-thirds sherry to one-third plain. Prior to bottling the alcohol strength is adjusted with water. For example, 43% for the Export markets, 40% for UK, with the exception of the 15 years old @ 46% abv and Glenfarclas Cask Strength bottlings.

THE FAMILY CASKS

The Family Casks are a unique collection of the best single casks from the distilleryís warehouses. Launched in 2007, the collection initiallycomprised 43 single casks bottlings, with one cask from every year from 1952 to 1994. It is the intention to continue to offer as wide a range of consecutive vintage dated single casks as possible, hence since 2007 there have been seven further released, to replace casks which have sold out, and to extend the range to include 1996. The Family casks are bottled at cask strength and natural colour, allowing you to explore the subtle differences between casks and the history of family owned Glenfarclas.

Thanks to George Grant (Business Development Manager), Rebecca Richardson (Business Development Manager) and Ian McWilliam (Marketing Executive) from Glenfarclas. Special thanks to Ronald Zwartepoorte (Zwartepoorte Sales & Marketing Services) for the nice miniature.

 

Personal note by Paulís Whisk(e)y Miniature World:

Glenfarclas is one of the distilleries that is still family-owned. The distillery is known for its great stock, which enabled them to start their Family Cask range. Next to their great range of whiskies, it is a distillery that also has a nice range of miniatures.