J. & G. Grant proudly announce the release of the Glenfarclas 50 Years Old, which now joins the special Collector Series as the third edition of this limited family range. This expression represents the third generation of the Grants of Glenfarclas, George Grant (1874-1949), who inherited the distillery alongside his brother John, leading to the formation of their private family company J. & G. Grant at the turn of the nineteenth century.
The Glenfarclas 50 Years Old has been matured in the typical Glenfarclas style in ex Oloroso Sherry Casks, producing 937 bottles to be sold worldwide. A non-chill filtered bottling at 41.1%, on the nose it reveals wonderful fresh sweet sherry with an unexpected youthful aroma from such a whisky of its age. With time in the glass, hints of crème caramel and butterscotch develop. Its flavour reveals an assertive spiciness but never overpowering followed by treacle toffee, chocolate ice-cream and sherry soaked raisins. On the finish, a wonderful balance of sherry, spiced fruits and cinnamon and an everlasting sweetness which you would expect from 50 years in our finest sherry casks.
The bottle is presented in a black leather box with a silver emblem of George Grant, third generation of the family and features III in Roman numerals etched underneath. As a matter of holding true to traditions, the Grants have created yet another vintage whisky from treasured casks dating back to the 1960s. Bottled in late 2015, this expression is set to create much curiosity and intrigue for collectors around the globe.
George Grant, Glenfarclas Sales Director, comments “we’re very excited to have reached the half way mark in our Family Collector Series. Thanks to my family’s foresight in laying down stock for the future, today we’re able to enjoy impressive age statements which is certainly a luxury worth sharing!”
HRH PRINCESS ROYAL PRESENTS GLENFARCLAS
Last month Donald McNab, founder of Friends of Scottish Rugby, was presented with a specially labelled 3L bottle of Glenfarclas Single Malt Whisky by HRH Princess Royal. As Honorary Life President of Friends of Scottish Rugby, and a Glenfarclas enthusiast, Mr McNab has often arranged for the Princess Royal to present Glenfarclas whisky to notable people in recognition of their support of Scottish Rugby. On this occasion however, the presentation was in honour of Mr McNab himself and his fundamental role at FSR.
On the 22nd February 2016, the FSR McNab Tribute Dinner was held at the Caledonian Club on Halkin Street in London. HRH Princess Royal is a long-standing and committed supporter of Scottish Rugby, and gladly accepted the invitation to present Mr McNab with such a grand token of appreciation. Chairman of Glenfarclas, John L. S. Grant, who is a member of the Caledonian Club and Friends of Scottish Rugby since its inception, was pleased to donate this special bottle in honour of Donald McNab’s achievements.
All those in attendance were gifted with a specially labelled miniature bottle of Glenfarclas. The unique label depicts a photo dedication with text reading ‘Presented to Donald McNab by HRH Princess Royal in recognition of his longstanding stewardship of Friends of Scottish Rugby on 22nd February 2016’.
STAFF AWARDED FOR 25 YEARS OF SERVICE
J. & G. Grant are proud to announce that members of staff, Ian McWilliam and Brian Murphy, both reached their 25th year of employment at Glenfarclas distillery at the end of 2015. Both employees are from the local area, having being brought up in the village of Aberlour and embarking on distillery careers shortly after school. Over these past years they have worked in different roles which give an altogether enriching perspective of life at Glenfarclas.
Ian joined Glenfarclas in 1991 as Assistant Head Warehouseman and after 14 years in production, including as an Assistant Manager, he moved to the sales & marketing team in 2004 where his comprehensive knowledge of the traditional skills used to produce Glenfarclas is invaluable. Brian Murphy also joined in 1991 as Keyholder and later took up a post as Warehouseman for the best part of his career. His son, Andrew, also works in the warehouse alongside him; their skills being key to storing and maintaining the distillery’s treasured casks.
Ian comments fondly on his time at Glenfarclas saying “It doesn’t feel like I’ve been here 25 years, but I guess once you’ve found a job you love, the time just flies by.” Similarly, Brian has been a whisky enthusiast for most of his working life, and makes a point of saying how much he enjoys the team spirit at the distillery.
During the annual Christmas lunch they were awarded a bonus and a Tissot gold watch, presented by Chairman & 5th generation of the family, John L. S. Grant. He reflects on how Glenfarclas has in fact been home to numerous staff members who have dedicated their working careers to the distillery, including his father, George Grant, who served as head of the company for an incredible 52 years. John comments that “together the Grant family and loyal members of hard working staff have helped maintain a long standing independent business.”
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Glenfarclas will be attending the upcoming whisky fairs at the beginning of 2016!
J. & G. Grant are delighted to have won numerous awards for their whisky over the duration of 2015. Glenfarclas started off the year with a Highly Commended Nomination as an Icon of Whisky in the hugely popular Whisky Magazine. The Glenfarclas range as a whole has shown considerable success across several of its core range products in both spirits competitions and whisky fairs abroad. Most notably the Glenfarclas 30 Years Old achieved a Double Gold Award at Stockholm Beer & Whisky Fair, followed by the 21 Years Old being voted Best Whisky at Oslo Whisky Fair in October. Younger Glenfarclas products have also shared the spotlight with both Glenfarclas 10 Years Old & 12 Years Old winning Silver in the 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition.
This year, reviews in Jim Murray’s recently released 2016 Whisky Bible include awards for the unique collection of Family Casks. The Family Casks 1957 (cask no. 2110, Release SP15) was nominated Single Cask Whisky of the Year scoring 96.5/100 in which Jim Murray comments “I struck lucky with this, as it ticks every single box that a great malt might, and there is not a single cross to be found”. The Family Casks 1985 (cask no. 2593, Release SP15) also won Best Single Cask Whisky aged between 28-34 Years (again scoring 96.5/100) and was described as “one of the most supremely balanced Glenfarclases of all time”. Similar results were awarded to core range products such as the 12 Years Old & 40 Years Old which both scored 94/100, in addition to the iconic 105 Cask Strength winning 95.5/100 respectively.