Glenfarclas Releases New Whisky To Celebrate 185 Year Anniversary

Glenfarclas 185

Speyside distillery Glenfarclas has just shared a single malt whisky.

The new Glenfarclas limited edition whisky was released this month to mark 185 years since the producer began legally distilling in May 1836.

Meaning ‘valley of the green grassland’, Glenfarclas uses spring water that emerges deep from granite beneath the slopes of the Speyside mountain, Ben Rinnes.

The water is combined with malted barley and double distilled in copper pot stills. Then two thirds is filled in Spanish Sherry oak casks. The remaining liquid is poured into normal oak casks. The casks used to make the whisky span sixty years.

Speaking on the anniversary edition drink, George Grant, sixth-generation family member and current sales director, said: 

“Due to my grandfather’s foresight, here at Glenfarclas we are very fortunate to have casks in our dunnage warehouses from seven different decades, from the 1950s to the 2020s.

“Some of our warehouses even predate the 185th anniversary we are celebrating, as ‘uisge beatha’ was being made at Glenfarclas a good few years before a licence was held.

“To mark 185 legal years we have selected some of our finest casks from across the decades and put together a whisky with old, rich, Sherried flavours that remain fresh and vibrant in your glass.”

Limited to 6,000 bottles in the UK, the Glenfarclas 185th Anniversary Edition is priced at RRP £120 (US$170). It is bottled at 46% ABV.

In November, Glenfarclas launched a 60 Year Old Single Cask Whisky. The offering from the Speyside distillery is priced at £19,500 ($25,870 USD). It was distilled on 2 June 1959 in a first-fill Oloroso Sherry hogshead. As it turns out, 1959 was quite the year for the distillery.