Glenfarclas Whisky Dinner
Saturday, September 12, 2015
In preparation for our exclusive five course Glenfarclas tasting dinner this Wednesday with George Grant, our team took a trip up north to discover the wonders of Speyside and the Glenfarclas Single Malt Whisky distillery.
Here's our team 'sampling' some whisky...
MORE ABOUT OUR TRIP:
Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky has been distilled on Speyside for six generations by one family – the Grants. Legally established in 1836, The Glenfarclas Distillery is located on the Recherlich Farm at Ballindalloch, in the heart of Speyside - whisky country. In 1865, John Grant purchased the distillery for £511.19s.0d.
FROM GRAIN TO GLASS
We had a tour of their impressive distillery and learned about the whole whisky process from malting to maturation. One of the unque qualities of Glenfarclas whisky is that they are only ever released at natural colour using the finest ingredients.
The distinctive character of Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, for which only three essential ingredients are required; pure spring water, malted barley and yeast, is due to the Grant family’s commitment to traditional distillation methods, combined with the unique size and shape of the Glenfarclas copper pot stills, the specially selected oak casks, and the style and location of the warehouses.
Distilling twice, the six traditional direct-fired copper pot stills, the largest on Speyside, transform the cloudy 'wash' into the crystal-clear new spirit required for maturing into the finest Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Many modern stills are heated internally by steam filled unit heaters. This method heats the 'wash' more gently, thus increasing the life span of the still. However, the final flavour can be different, and Glenfarclas continue to use traditional 'direct fired' stills.
The larger 'wash stills' are required for the first distillation and smaller 'spirit stills' for the second distillation. Characteristic of direct fired stills, each wash still has a 'rummager' fitted inside. A 'rummager' is a rotor arm, with chains lining the inside of the still. As it rotates, the wash is prevented from sticking to the still.
Over 52000 casks are maturing in Glenfarclas traditional dunnage style warehouses. Within the warehouses the casks are moved entirely by hand, with some weighing up to half a tonne. Pictured below are some of the extra special Family Casks expressions casked from 1953 onwards.
Massive thanks to George and his staff for the incredible learning opportunity and for showing us the full whisky experience! If you're joining us on Wednesday, expect to be blown away.
Details about our exclusive five course whisky dinner can be found here
Hutchesons is proud to be the ambassador for Glenfarclas in Glasgow.