February 2008

Glenfarclas launches The Family Casks – A unique collection of 43 Single Cask whiskies, with one for each year from 1952 to 1994

Family owned Glenfarclas Distillery formally launched The Family Casks, an exclusive collection of 43 vintage dated Single Cask Highland Malt Scotch Whiskies, at the Caledonian Club, London, on the 13th September 2007.

The Glenfarclas Distillery, with over 52000 casks currently maturing in its traditional dunnage warehouses, is in the enviable position of having stock in cask from every year from 1952 to the current day. The Family Casks is a collection of the best single casks from the distillery’s warehouses, bottled at cask strength and at natural colour. The collection comprises 43 different bottlings, with one for each year from 1952 to 1994. The Family Casks are unique there is no other known collection of old and rare whiskies that covers 43 consecutive years from the same distillery.

Glenfarclas is renowned for producing Single Malt in a traditional Speyside style with a heavy sherry influence. Sherry casks are well represented within the collection. As John L.S. Grant, Chairman and 5th generation of the family that own and manage Glenfarclas, explained, ‘Good wood is vital in maturation, and the resulting richness and sweetness from sherry casks is delightful’.

Unlike mainstream bottlings, which are normally offered at a reduced strength of 40% vol., The Family Casks have been bottled at cask strength. During maturation the strength of the whisky reduces slowly, thanks to ‘the angel’s share’. Cask strength is the natural strength after maturation, hence each bottle in the collection is presented at a different strength, varying from 46.0% vol. for Cask 4913 from 1961 to 65.1% vol. for Cask 1316 from 1968. Glenfarclas was the first to market a cask strength whisky, with the Glenfarclas ‘105’ at 60% vol. in 1968.

The Family Casks have also been bottled at natural colour, with the bespoke clear flint bottle, and oak gift box, designed to highlight the variety of colours within the collection. Accompanying each bottle is a booklet with a history of the distillery, written by John L.S. Grant, and tasting notes prepared by George S. Grant, Brand Ambassador, and the 6th generation of the family. The family cask range is available for ordering from Desras Trading.


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