Glenfarclas fans can pick up a limited edition bottling, and give to charity at the same time.

The Glenfarclas Spirit of Speyside festival edition is available to buy now – with a percentage of proceeds going to a local food bank.

Although the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival, set to take place in late April, had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, the family owned Glenfarclas distillery and London based merchant BI Wine and Spirits have teamed up to release the 2020 distillery exclusive.

BI will be donating 10 per cent of sales of this unique whisky to the Moray Food Plus foodbank, which was selected in recognition of the amazing work that they do to help tackle the difficulties of food insecurity in the local Speyside community.

“The impact of the pandemic has been widespread and has affected all in some form or another, so teaming up with BI to ensure the 2020 release was made available to those unable to make it up to the distillery was an easy decision to make”, says George Grant, Glenfarclas sales director and sixth Generation family member.

The Glenfarclas Spirit of Speyside edition

Each year, different members of the Glenfarclas distillery team choose a whisky to be sold as the limited release at the festival.

This year’s choice went to the team at the very heart of the whisky making process – the still men.

John, Jimmy and Graham enjoyed a break from their day job and were delighted by the opportunity to sample some of the great casks resting at the distillery.

Rumour has it, the chosen cask was the first that they sampled – but ever the professionals they are, they tried many more, just to be sure.

The ‘Stillmen’s Dram’ is a single cask bottling of 2009 liquid, aged for 10 years in First-Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt #1446, this release was bottled at a cask of 60.1% resulting in a limited run of 658 bottles.

The team say that that whisky ‘offers a complex balance of rich candied fruit and sherry oak spice – this dram is a must have for any lover of Glenfarclas.’

Gary Boom, BI’s managing director, said: “BI has always been proud to work with the Glenfarclas distillery. It is a rare family owned business that has retained its integrity throughout the years.

“That integrity shines through with this bottling and the decision to donate 10% of profits to the Moray Food Plus was an easy decision to make.

“I am delighted that BI is able to team up with Glenfarclas to bring the release to collectors and drinkers who were perhaps unable to make it up to the distillery due to the global pandemic. I am thrilled the Spirit of Speyside lives on.’

George Grant, Glenfarclas sales director and sixth generation family member, said: “The impact of the pandemic has been widespread and has affected all in some form or another, so teaming up with BI to ensure the 2020 release was made available to those unable to make it up to the distillery in late April was an easy decision to make.

“The Moray Food Plus was an obvious charity to pick as the work that they do across the Speyside community is nothing short of outstanding.”

The bottles are available for purchase from the 16 July through BI Wine and Spirits’ website with an RSP of £100.

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