The #glenfarclas (‘the valley of the green grass’) #distillery was founded in 1836 by Robert Hay on the #highland region in the district of #speyside, #scotland. After his death in 1865 it was sold to his neighbour John Grant of Blairfindy who acquired the tenancy for the #farm and bought the distillery for £512. Initially he employed his cousin John Smith to run the distillery but he left to build #cragganmore in 1869. Grant’s son George join his father. He married Elsie Gordon the same year and have five #children, including two sons called John and George. The Grants of Glenfarclas have owned and managed it ever since. All the next Grant #men generations were named John or George. John died in 1889 leaving George to run the farm and the distillery, unfortunately he died a year later in 1890 leaving the licence to his widow until John & George II achieved their majority after of which they rebuilt the distillery. John took early retirement and George II struggled on alone. In 1921 he married Jessie Stuart Scott and had two sons; George III and John II. In 1947 George II incorporated a private limited #company, J & G Grant Ltd which the shares were owned by his two sons. George III took over management in 1946 and a second pair of #stills where added in 1959 and a new #warehouse built and in 1976 it was increased to three. In the 60’s they lost a major blending #contract and a decision to lay down more #stock for own bottling was taken; thats why we can found the very old ‘Family Casks’. George Grant III served 52 years as #chairman of the company (1949-2001), when he was succeeded by his son John III (todays Chairman). John’s son, George IV become a #director of the firm in 2013.
The #water source of the distillery is the Benrinnes springs. They mainly mature their #whisky in oloroso ex-sherry #casks and about a third in refill #bourbon casks. In 1912 Sir Thomas #dewar who used #glenfarclas in the Dewar’s blend described Glenfarclas as “of all the #whiskies, #malt is #king -of all the kings, Glenfarclas reigns supreme”. It was the first company to release a cask-strength expression, Glenfarclas 105 in 1968.