Friday, August 05, 2016


The multi-award winning Glenfarclas Distillery in Speyside, has announced the launch of the fifth limited edition bottling in its Family Collector series of single malt whiskies.

Glenfarclas 1986 Refill Sherry Butts V (53.8% ABV) is limited to just 1,094 bottles and has been produced using specially selected refill sherry butts, which is said to deliver a lighter sherry influenced whisky.
Glenfarclas 1986 Refill Sherry Cask Butts V

This latest expression represents the 5th generation of the Grant family and current chairman of the distillery, John L. S Grant. Previous Family Collector editions have spanned the generations and included vintage stocks from fino sherry casks, first fill Oloroso sherry casks and port casks.

Both John L. S Grant and his father, George S. Grant, would have watched over the filling of these casks in the 1980s. This was a significant time period in the history of the Scotch whisky industry, and also for Glenfarclas. Due to a steady over-production of whisky and falling demand many distilleries were closed, moth-balled or cut back production.

Despite these tough circumstances, in 1984, the Grant’s decided to do the exact opposite and increase production. Their decision was straightforward - “where was all the mature stock going to come from in a few years’ time?” A combination of risk taking and visionary genius, today the Grant family proudly introduce this 1986 vintage, released 30 years after its creation as a treasured collector’s edition.

Glenfarclas 1986 Refill Sherry Butts V, will be available globally from specialist retailers next month. RRP (tbc).

Posted by Steve Rush