Master of Malt's Ben Ellefsen writes: In a world of massive corporate ownership, and mergers and acquisitions worth hundreds of millions, there are relatively few family-owned and operated distilleries. One shining beacon that has been producing exceptional quality malt for centuries is Glenfarclas.
Located between Aberlour and Ballindalloch at the heart of Speyside, Glenfarclas distillery is set within several acres of the family estate – the ancestral home is a stone’s throw from the distillery buildings. It looks up at the lofty peaks of Ben Rinnes, the substantial hill from which Glenfarclas draws water for distillation.
Glenfarclas is a must for anyone visiting Speyside. A brief chat with family member and brand ambassador George Grant reveals that the distillery tour is also popular with hikers. He recounts the tale of one couple who described Glenfarclas 105 as the perfect hiking whisky due to its “high power to weight ratio”…
The tour itself takes visitors round all the important parts of a working distillery, taking in the mash tuns and washbacks, the glorious still-room where the whisky is distilled, and the warehouses where the whisky is laid to rest. The final part of each tour is a tasting of the finished article – our top tip is the 15yo, which is one of the Master of Malt team’s desert island whiskies.