New: Glenfarclas Family Casks Summer 2018

The 2018 series contains single cask bottlings from 1978 to 2003

It all began 11 years ago when the family-run distillery in Speyside launched a series of no less than 43 single cask, vintage single malt bottlings over a period of five decades – from 1952 to 1994. This impressive collection of single vintage bottlings came onto the market under the name "The Family Casks". Obviously, Glenfarclas was not particularly convinced of the success of this series, as George Grant – now the 6th generation of the owning family – was not even present at the launch of the series in London in 2007. He went on holiday instead. "I just didn't think it would be a success," he admits later.

Uninterrupted stock since 1953

Glenfarclas is in the fortunate and unique position, among Scotland's over 100 distilleries, of having whisky casks in their warehouses of every single year, from 1953 to the present day. Their single malt traditionally has a strong sherry note and so it is not surprising that many of the vintage bottlings come from sherry casks. But every year is different and so is the availability of casks. "In 1979 we only had fourth-fill Hogsheads available – no sherry butts or first-fill bourbon casks. Back then, times in the whisky trade were very hard," Grant says.

Collect or drink?

The Family Cask vintage bottlings are straight from the cask, not chill-filtered, bottled at natural colour and are presented in a fine gift box. "These whiskies are made to be opened and drunk," says Grant. They are ideal as gifts for special occasions such as births, weddings or birthdays. Of course, such old single casks whiskies also appeal to collectors. For example, a complete set of the first series cost around £6,500 in 2007. In the meantime, its value has risen to over £100,000.

The Family Casks Summer 2018

Glenfarclas 14 Year Old

Vintage: 2003

Bottled: 4.7.2018

Cask type: Sherry Butt

Cask No: 2

59,3% abv

Number of bottles: 649


Glenfarclas 15 Year Old

Vintage: 2002

Bottled: 3.7.2018

Cask type: Sherry Butt

Cask No: 3769

58.0% abv

Number of bottles: 706


Glenfarclas 21 Year Old

Vintage: 1996

Bottled: 3.7.2018

Cask type: Sherry Butt

Cask No: 1499

46.8% abv

Number of bottles: 225


Glenfarclas 22 Year Old

Vintage: 1995

Bottled: 3.7.2018

Cask type: Sherry Butt

Cask No: 6649

51.6% abv

Number of bottles: 609 

Glenfarclas 23 Year Old

Vintage: 1994

Bottled: 3.7.2018

Cask type: Refill Sherry Butt

Cask No: 1580

53,3% abv

Number of bottles: 552


Glenfarclas 27 Year Old

Vintage: 1990

Bottled: 3.7.2018

Cask type: Sherry Butt

Cask No: 9468

57.1% abv

Number of bottles: 597


Glenfarclas 37 Year Old

Vintage: 1980

Bottled: 2.7.2018

Cask type: Refill Hogshead

Cask No: 1413

47.8% abv

Number of bottles: 281


Glenfarclas 39 Year Old

Vintage: 1978

Bottled: 2.7.2018

Cask type: 4th Fill Hogshead

Cask No: 747

43.1% abv

Number of bottles: 166