2020 has been a very unusual for everyone, and here at the distillery many things changed. But we wanted to reassure you that the whisky making continued!
The year started normally with Brian filling cask 1 back in January.
We followed government advice and shut down production for a few weeks in spring, but come June, we had a delivery of fresh sherry casks ready to fill post lockdown.
To make up for lost time, we kept production going during the summer, and we even put George Grant to work filling some casks on his birthday back in August – the first time in his 44 years that we have been producing on that date.
We rounded the year off yesterday, with John Grant filling the last cask of the year. So don’t worry, come 2030 or 2035, there will still be plenty of Glenfarclas from 2020 for you to drink!
We usually share tales of tastings an events featuring Glenfarclas from all over the world… Obviously, that couldn’t happen this year. So like everyone else, we had to adapt – and so George is now the King of the Zoom tasting! On Tuesday evening, he carried out his 60th.
They have been enjoyed by clients all over the world, from New Zealand to Canada, but the largest number have been for here in the UK. He has also become a professional at making up the tasting kits to allow everyone in the tasting to enjoy the same whiskies.
Every year, we like to have a Christmas Jumper day here at Glenfarclas and this, at least, survived this year even if we did have to keep our distance! The team collected for our local food bank, Moray Food Plus, who were delighted with our donation. They have been doing a brilliant job throughout 2020 making sure families were looked after and we were delighted to play our part.
The Visitor Centre remains closed until further notice. We will be opening in 2021 but the date is still to be confirmed. We will announce it via this newsletter and our Social Media channels.
Wishing all our readers a very happy festive season, wherever and however you are celebrating!