29 December 2015
Festive Opening at the Distillery
DISTILLERY & VISITOR CENTRE FESTIVE OPENING, TUESDAY 29th DECEMBER
Glenfarclas welcomes you to visit our truly independent distillery and discover our renowned Single Highland Malt Whisky during our special christmas opening.
The Visitor Centre will be open from 11am until 3pm on Monday 29th December. We will be offering guided tours of the distillery, mince pies and the opportunity to taste two Glenfarclas Malt Whiskies.
Distillery Tour times will be at 11.30, 12.30 and 1.30pm so if you plan to spend the Christmas holidays on Speyside, we look forward to welcoming you at the distillery.
18 December 2015
MND Glenfarclas Fundraiser
Over the past couple of months J. & G. Grant have been fundraising for an employee who was recently diagnosed with MND. James Combe, mash man at Glenfarclas distillery, has worked in the industry for 26 years and dedicated his working career to whisky production. In honour of his work ethic and in an attempt to help realise his dream of biking across the USA, the team at Glenfarclas rallied up support and funds to help send him and his family on the trip of a lifetime.
A sponsored cycle across Speyside (Approx. 40 miles) taking in the Five Distilleries that James worked at was organised by Production Manager, Callum Fraser. Staff began the cycle at Glenfarclas, and onward to Macallan, Glen Moray, Glenrothes, Tamdhu and back to Glenfarclas, collecting a bottle at each distillery for auctioning towards the fund raising effort.
The fundraiser has had huge success and has gone far further than the initial target of £6,000. Together with the Justgiving Fundraising page, the team at Glenfarclas, distributors & suppliers, distilleries, local businesses, the local community, friends & family, we have raised over £20,000 for the cause. Thanks to these donations James and his family are making his American road trip a reality, unfortunately James will not be biking the route but instead travelling across the USA by train.
John Grant, Chairman of Glenfarclas, agreed to double the total sum as a donation towards the charity MND Scotland. The cheque was presented to MND Scotland charity representative, Iain McWhirter, who travelled to the distillery on the 17th December to meet John Grant and Glenfarclas staff. Mr McWhirter commented that the donation of £20,000 was the largest donation they had received this year and that the money would greatly help those affected by MND. On behalf of James and everyone at Glenfarclas we would like to extend a special thanks to all those who supported the cause.
17 December 2015
Glenfarclas & Mahler-Besse celebrate 40th Anniversary
This year J. & G. Grant and French distributor, Mahler-Besse, celebrated their 40th anniversary since exclusive distribution of Glenfarclas was established in France. In September 1975, 18 cases of Glenfarclas were exported to the French market marking the distillery’s very first international market for their single malt whisky.
The relationship began in the summer of 1973 when a Monsieur Jean Marc Maguerite, a French wine salesman, visited the newly opened visitor centre at Glenfarclas distillery while on holiday with his family. M. Marguerite worked for Franck Mahler-Besse, a family wine company based in Bordeaux whose establishment dates back to the 1890s. Coincidentally M. Mahler-Besse was looking to expand their portfolio to importing whisky, and so, on hearing such good reports of his employee’s encounter with Glenfarclas, a partnership was settled.
To mark the occasion, Mahler-Besse organised a 3* Michelin dinner matched with Glenfarclas whiskies at The Bristol Hotel in Paris. Among the guests were John Grant, chairman of Glenfarclas, and his wife Ishbel Grant, along with Directors from Mahler-Besse and VIP clients. A 3L bottle of Glenfarclas with specially designed label was personally brought over from Scotland and presented by John Grant to commemorate the longstanding business relationship between these two esteemed family companies.
Thanks to the foresight of M. Mahler-Besse and John Grant in seizing the opportunity of early exports of single malt, the iconic brand has prospered in the French market over the years. Today, France is a well-known market among connoisseurs of Single Malt Scotch Whisky, where Glenfarclas continues to be recognized as a product of superior quality.