Distillery/Producer/Bottler InsightsGlanfarclas

13th January 2022

Times change but our spirit hasn’t…

The distinctive, some say unforgettable, taste of Glenfarclas is a result of over 150 years of family ownership.

Glanfarclas, Summerton Whisky Club

The distillery was purchased by John Grant in 1865 as an adjunct to a farm and continues in family ownership under the direction of John L. S. Grant (Chairman and 5th generation).

Glenfarclas, from the Gaelic ‘Glen of the Green Grassland’, nestles at the foot of Ben Rinnes in Speyside. Crystal clear, the water bubbles up from the underlying granite on the slopes of the Speyside mountain to supply the distillery below.

Glanfarclas, Summerton Whisky Club

Here it combines with the finest malted barley to provide a mash which is then twice distilled in traditional, direct fired, copper pot stills — the largest in Speyside.

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”.

Glanfarclas, Summerton Whisky Club

Once the powerful new make spirit is collected, it is filled into the finest Spanish ex-Oloroso Sherry casks and laid to rest within the traditional ‘dunnage’ style warehouses over many years to produce the lustrous colour and flavour for which Glenfarclas is celebrated.

Glanfarclas, Summerton Whisky Club

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DISTILLERY INFO

Glanfarclas, Summerton Whisky Club
NAME

Glenfarclas Highland Single Malt

ADDRESS

Glenfarclas Distillery
Ballindalloch
Scotland
AB37 9BD

WEBSITE

www.glenfarclas.com

DATE ESTABLISHED

1836

ANNUAL CAPACITY (l)

3500000

WATER SOURCE

Spring water from Ben Rinnes

MALT SPECIFICATIONS

Unpeated. Variety has changed over time. Currently Concerto.

MALT SOURCE

Barely comes from independent suppliers – we try to buy in Scotland but do use English if unavailable.

YEAST TYPE

Brewers yeast.

GRIST WEIGHT (T)

16.5 tonnes of malted barley produces 16.5 tonnes of ‘grist’, which is the required quantity to produce one mash.

MASH TUN TYPE

16.5 tonne semi-lauter mashtun

WORT CLARITY

Cloudy

WASHBACKS (QUANTITY)

12

WASHBACKS (SIZE)

500,000

WASHBACK TYPE

Steel

FERMENTATION TIME

105

WASH STILLS (QUANTITY)

3

WASH STILLS CHARGE (L)

25,000

SPIRIT STILLS (QUANTITY)

3

SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L)

21,200

CONDENSER TYPE

N/A

NEW MAKE STRENGTH

68%

FILLING STRENGTH

63.5%

WAREHOUSING

Dunnage