Glenfarclas Distillery and BI Wine and Spirits team up to bring the Spirit of Speyside to all – Scotch Whisky News

Glenfarclas Distillery and BI Wine and Spirits team up to bring the Spirit of Speyside to all

Though 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% of sales of this unique whisky to the Moray Food Plus foodbank. The foodbank 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 6th Generation family member.

Each year, different members from the Glenfarclas distillery team choose a whisky to be sold as the limited release at the festival. The honour of choosing the 2020 exclusive 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 so-called ‘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. Offering a complex balance of rich candied fruit and sherry oak spice, this dram is a must have for any lover of Glenfarclas.

The bottles will be made available for purchase from the 18th July 2020 through BI Wine and Spirits’ online platform with an RSP of £100.

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.”

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About BI: 

Established in 1997, BI (www.biwine.com) has grown to become a leading global fine wine merchant. Founded by South African-born Gary Boom, BI’s aim is to make the world of fine wine accessible to a broader audience. The Company has offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Los Angeles, as well as a rapidly growing international customer base.

In July 2018 BI was named ‘Bordeaux Specialist of the Year’ at both the International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards, having previous won this award in 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2008. In addition in 2016 and 2015 BI was named ‘Fine Wine Retailer of the Year’ by the industry’s leading publication, The Drinks Business, and was awarded ‘Bordeaux Specialist Retailer’ at the 2015 and 2014 Decanter Retailer of the Year awards.

Innovation has always been at the heart of the business.  In 2009 BI launched LiveTrade, the world’s first online wine trading platform; as the only provider of live bid and offer prices for top Bordeaux and other regions, LiveTrade guarantees liquidity to the fine wine market.

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