20 November 2013
Glenfarclas Christmas Open Day - 30th December
Experience the Festive Spirit of Independence
This year the Glenfarclas Distillery Visitor Centre Christmas open day will be on Monday the 30th of December. The visitor centre will be open from 11AM to 3PM, with distillery tours at 11.30AM, 12.30PM and 1.30PM.
26 August 2013
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old wins the China Whisky Awards
On Friday the 23rd of August 2013, at Whisky Live Shanghai, Glenfarclas 40 Years Old was named joint first in the inaugural China Whisky Awards, scoring 97 points and winning a Platinum Signature award.
The China Whisky Awards have been launched by Stephen Noteman, founder of Whisky Live Shanghai, to help introduce consumers in China to whisky. A total of 120 single malts and blends were judged out of 100. The results, including localised tasting notes, have been published on the China Whisky Guide App, giving users the first official guide to whisky in Mainland China. To download the China Whisky Guide app please visit www.whiskylivechina.com/app.html
The full results for Glenfarclas were;
Glenfarclas 40 Years Old - 97 Platinum
Glenfarclas 21 Years Old - 95 Platinum
Glenfarclas 17 Years Old - 93 Gold
Glenfarclas 12 Years Old - 91 Gold
Glenfarclas 15 Years Old - 90 Gold
Glenfarclas 30 Years Old - 90 Gold
29 May 2013
Glenfarclas 18 Years Old – a well-travelled dram
To celebrate the launch of Glenfarclas 18 Years Old in Travel Retail, J. & G. Grant teamed up with 12(B) Squadron from RAF Lossiemouth to take two bottles from Glenfarclas Distillery to Las Vegas, where George Grant was attending the Nth Whisky Show, in a Tornado GR4 jet.
The 5634 mile journey was completed in 17 hours, 20 minutes with stops in the Azores, Newfoundland and Ohio along the way. The bottles, which have been signed by all the crew, then made the return journey to Scotland – one to Glenfarclas and one to RAF Lossiemouth. RAF Lossiemouth intend to auction their bottle on www.scotchwhiskyauctions.com in July 2013, along with a signed print of the Tornado jet in which it travelled to earn funds for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Wing Commander Simon Strasdin Officer Commanding 12(B) Squadron said “RAF Lossiemouth and its personnel have a long history of community integration and support and 12(B) Sqn’s links with Glenfarclas continue in this tradition. It is very generous of J. & G. Grant to donate one of these bottles to us. The bottle will be auctioned before we deploy on operations to Afghanistan in the summer, hopefully raising a good sum of money for the RAF Benevolent Fund”.
Available exclusively to Travel Retail, the Glenfarclas 18 Years Old will be offered to the Travel Retail sector worldwide, although it won’t always be delivered by Tornado! As can be expected from family owned Glenfarclas, this whisky is heavily sherried, and bottled at natural colour. On the nose it has fresh sweet aromas of honeycomb and citrus notes. This is followed on the taste with flavours of creamy fudge, almonds and dried fruits. The 18 Years Old has a long lasting, smooth and satisfying finish, and is sure to please single malt lovers.
For more pictures please visit our Speyside Life blog.
Post Auction Update:
The bottle raised £1350.00 for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Many thanks to all involved.
22 May 2013
Glenfarclas and Hine Auld Alliance
Glenfarclas Single Malt and Hine Cognac have joined forces with N.E.J. Stevenson, the Queen’s cabinet maker, to create a unique Coronation collaboration of obelisks crafted from English oak, one housing a bottle of Glenfarclas 1953 and the other a bottle of Hine 1953 both products of a single family cask.
Obelisks rose to prominence in ancient Egypt as tributes to the sun and were often placed in pairs at the entrance to temples or pyramids. Some were sent to Rome at the height of the Empire, in the eighteenth century they reappeared as features in art and architecture of the European neo-classical period, and during the nineteenth century giant examples were shipped to and displayed in London and Paris, where they may be seen today.
These magnificent limited edition pairs of 125 classically inspired obelisks have been commissioned from and hand-made by skilled craftsmen at N.E. J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Royal Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at their workshops just outside Rugby, England. Made from English oak (Quercus robur), the tall, tapering shafts can be detached from the square pedestal bases, decorated with brown oak discs representing the sun, to reveal a rare numbered bottle of Hine 1953 and a rare numbered bottle of Glenfarclas 1953 both the product of a single cask. Each obelisk features a secret drawer, the front of the Hine drawer is faced with oak from the Hine 1953 cask and the front of the Glenfarclas drawer is faced with oak from the Glenfarclas 1953 cask.
This unique 1953 Glenfarclas is the oldest cask of whisky owned by the distillery, the contents of a single Spanish oak sherry cask bottled unfiltered at 43.9%, natural cask strength. It has a gleaming rich sandy oak colour. Initially, a rich sherried nose which develops to reveal lovely toffee notes, followed by delicate oak with crisp fresh at the bottom of the glass. A little air truly opens up this special Speyside malt whisky. Once it has had time to breathe, a warm taste of spices, stewed fruits and liquorice develops into an incredibly long finish of toffee apples and cinnamon sticks.
George Grant, Director of Sales, 6th generation of the Grant family said: “It always send a shiver down my spine, when drinking such an old whisky. My father was 18 months old when this was made, My Grandfather made this and I get the honour of sharing this magnificent whisky with you.”
The Hine 1953 is a perfect example of an elegant Grande Champagne Cognac from one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century. A shimmering delicate amber in colour, a cognac which exhibits both body and distinction, aromas of spice, honey and walnuts from the French oak cask and the high humidity of the Hine cellars. This fine old cognac seduces the palate with its velvety roundness, mellowness and taste of spices and passion fruit which harmoniously linger together, leaving a delicious long aftertaste. Normally Hine Vintage Cognacs reach maturity after several decades. Unusually, this single family cask of 1953 has spent 60 years maturing in the same French oak barrel and has been bottled unfiltered at natural cask strength of 41.9% to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1962 Hine was greatly honoured to be the first and, to this day, the only Cognac House to be granted The Royal Warrant by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Bernard Hine, Honorary Chairman, 6th generation of the Hine family commented: “I remember I was with my cousin Jacques watching the Coronation of the Queen on television on the 2nd of June 1953 at Jacques Hine’s grandmother’s house (1st floor of the 18, Quai de l’Orangerie) – now the Hine guest house. This was the very first time in my life I watched television. “
Just 125 of these pairs of obelisks have been made; reflecting the extraordinary rarity of these outstanding spirits. A pair of obelisks containing a numbered bottles of Hine and Glenfarlcas 1953 will retail for £14,000.
24 January 2013
Zurich, Vienna and Paris
We look forward to seeing you at the following whisky festivals and tastings;
28th November to Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Whisky Ship, Zurich, Switzerland
5th December 2013
Annual Glenfarclas Tasting, Jahrhundertbeisl, Vienna, Austria
For info email@example.com
6th December 2013
Glenfarclas My Tribute Dinner with Luc Timmermans at Hotel Raphael Paris, France