Whisky Focus - Glenfarclas 1920 Bottling Returns To The Distillery

Glenfarclas 1920 Bottling Returns To The Distillery

30th April 2018
Glenfarclas 1920, the oldest unopened bottle of Glenfarclas still in existence returns to the distillery.

Glenfarclas 1920, the oldest unopened bottle of Glenfarclas still in existence.

J. & G. Grant have revealed that they have welcomed home what they believe to be the oldest unopened bottle of Glenfarclas still in existence, a bottle of Glenfarclas from 1920. The distillery has now added the recently discovered bottle to its archive.

The story behind the bottle is that back in 1920 on the closure of the grain whisky distillery, Gartloch Distillery, at Chryston, Lanarkshire, the Gartloch Distillery manager, Stephen Dowell, was presented with this 1920 bottle of Glenfarclas which would mean that the whisky was distilled more than 100 years ago.

The bottle was kept by Mr Dowell until 1947, then passed to his daughter. She then passed it to Mr Hugh Taylor, her nieceís husband, back in 1988 Ė after it was discovered wrapped in a tea towel at the back of the laundry cupboard! He kept hold of it until recently, when his family contacted Glenfarclas.

The bottle came home during a lunch in April when John Grant was able to inspect it in person for the first time. A number of features on the bottle meant he had absolutely no doubt about itís authenticity. In an age when a number of bottles purportedly from that time are turning out to be counterfeit, this one is definitely the real deal. John said: "I am delighted to bring this bottle containing whisky from the time of my grandfather back to itís spiritual home, and as such add another chapter to our archive."

Visitors to the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival will be able to view the bottle, which will be on display in the Glenfarclas visitor centre alongside the new Glenfarclas Speyside Festival bottling which this year is a 2004 single cask selected by distillery manager Callum Fraser. From this coming Thursday, 80 Festival bottles per day will be available at the distillery on a first come first served basis.

If you will not be lucky enough to be heading to the Speyside Festival you will also find the current Glenfarclas whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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