MARKETING EXECUTIVE APPOINTED KEEPER OF THE QUAICH
Glenfarclas Marketing Executive Ian McWilliam, has been made a Keeper of The Quaich in recognition of his service and contribution to the whisky industry over 26 years.
Ian joined J&G Grant as Assistant Head Warehouseman in 1991 and after 14 years in production, including the position of Assistant Manager, he moved to the sales & marketing team where he oversees distribution for 33 countries.
His comprehensive knowledge and experience of the traditional skills used to produce Glenfarclas is invaluable; many have enjoyed his in-depth tour or presentations worldwide where he explains all there is to know about the production of Glenfarclas single malt scotch whisky. Living on site and continuing to undertake “on-call” production duties has helped Ian keep up-to-date with the latest changes and improvements that have been made since he left his production post in 2004.
Whether on site at Glenfarclas or across the world, he continues to host events on behalf of J&G Grant, entertaining and educating whisky enthusiasts in his impeccable and professional manner.
Congratulations Ian, thoroughly deserved!
International Sales Executive
We are delighted to welcome Deborah Stewart to our international sales team based here at the distillery. Deborah has been working in the whisky industry for half her life, most recently in Switzerland.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Glenfarclas. It is an honour to join this family run team and I am looking forward to sharing our fabulous single malt with whisky fans all over the world.”
She will be looking after markets such as France and Germany, so say hello to her if you see her on her travels!
PRODUCTION MANAGER APPOINTED KEEPER OF THE QUAICH
Glenfarclas Production Manager Callum Fraser has been made a Keeper of The Quaich in recognition of his service and contribution to the whisky industry over 27 years.
Originally from Stirlingshire, he worked at Deanston Distillery when it reopened in 1990, and climbed to the position of Distillery Manager in 2008.
Callum joined J&G Grant as Production Manager in 2012, where he was tasked with managing some of the busiest years of production that Glenfarclas Distillery has seen in its 180 years of legal distilling. By quickly and confidently learning the traditional methods of Glenfarclas, he led the way to achieve what were record-breaking production figures.
Furthermore, many have experienced his in-depth manager’s tour where he explains all there is to know about the production of Glenfarclas single malt scotch whisky. He has also hosted several events on behalf of J&G Grant, entertaining and educating whisky enthusiasts in his fun, professional and memorable style.
Congratulations Callum, hope it was a good night!
Donna McIntosh Celebrates 25 Years’ Service at J&G Grant
March 2017 saw the family and staff at J&G Grant help Donna McIntosh celebrate 25 years’ service – with cake, gifts and maybe even a dram!
In 1992 Donna arrived as a part-time guide, fitting in perfectly as she learned and subsequently taught visitors all there is to know about Glenfarclas whisky production and the Grant family. One fellow guide at the time told her to “stick at it”, advice she thankfully listened to as she went on to become Visitor Centre Manageress in 1999. Along with her team of guides, Donna professionally managed the tours and maintained the beautiful Visitor Centre that so many have been able to enjoy. A desire to spend more time with her grandchildren saw Donna pass on the managerial duties to a colleague in 2015. Nowadays she still enjoys her role as a guide and assists the new manager where she can.
As we celebrated in the Ships Room, Donna recounted one of her fondest Glenfarclas memories; being taught how to play “52-card pickup” by a younger George Grant (now Sales Director and of course sixth generation of the Grant family)!
It goes to show that there is more to this family business than just business – and that is what works so well.
Thank you for all the hard work, Donna.
GEORGE GRANT WINS SCOTCH WHISKY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR 2017
George Grant, 6th generation of the Glenfarclas family, has been awarded the coveted award of Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year at the Whisky Magazine, Icons of Whisky Awards.
The prestigious ceremony saw the whisky industry’s biggest names competing for a wide variety of awards, encompassing production and sales teams from distilleries around the world into one memorable event.
The panel of industry experts crowned our very own George Grant as Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year, an undoubtedly deserved title earned from over a decade of tireless and passionate representation of the Glenfarclas brand.
Frequently travelling around the world, George has become a formidable character in the whisky industry, known by everyone for his charismatic contributions to our independent distillery and its extensive international markets.
George commented: ‘I am delighted to have been chosen for this award amongst strong competition from many dedicated ambassadors. Being able to share my family’s traditions around the world is an honour, and I am grateful to the many people I meet who express their appreciation of Glenfarclas Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me, and best of luck for future editions of this memorable event.’
GLENFARCLAS 1976 40 YEARS OLD VI
This month J. & G. Grant introduce the final limited edition to the Family Collector Series, the Glenfarclas 1976 40 Years Old VI. George S. Grant, Sales Director and 6th generation of the family, reaches his 40th birthday today and what better way to celebrate than launch a special whisky for the occasion! Matured in our finest Sherry Casks, this bottling produced a total of 1,500 bottles at 43.7%, which will be available worldwide in the upcoming months.
Born in 1976, George takes great pleasure in sharing the last of the 1976 Glenfarclas casks with you. He is passionate about Glenfarclas and particularly enjoys introducing whisky lovers to these older expressions of Glenfarclas, those distilled by his grandfather and watched over by his father. He comments “The 1970s was a key time period in Glenfarclas history as this is when my grandfather decided to push sales of Glenfarclas single malt, combined with my father’s efforts in appointing distributors around the world”. Today the 5th & 6th generations of the Grant family can enjoy the fruits of their labour as they complete the Family Collector Series with the fantastic Glenfarclas 1976 40 Years Old VI.
2016 has certainly been an eventful year with a number of new vintage releases from the distillery. Glenfarclas is proud to show a commitment to age statement whiskies in an evolving market where keeping it classic yet creative presents an exciting challenge. We hope you enjoy this special Glenfarclas 1976 40 Years Old as much as George Grant will on his birthday!