Glenfarclas Distillery is delighted to announce that it has raised £40,000.00 for The Salvation Army. The charitable donation was raised from the proceeds of the sale of the ‘Chancellor’s Cask’, which was sold exclusively at the Glenfarclas Distillery shop in Speyside.
On May 13th, 1994, a Sherry Hogshead cask was filled by the Conservative Member of Parliament Ken Clarke, who was, at that time, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Until recent years, there was a longstanding tradition of the Chancellor delivering the budget with a drink in hand. Following his visit to the distillery, Ken Clarke was a loyal fan and chose to deliver the budget with a dram of Glenfarclas.
The cask was laid down at Glenfarclas Distillery and Clarke pledged that the single malt would remain untouched until a Conservative MP won back the seat of Moray, the home of the Glenfarclas distillery.
Clarke honoured his word; when the constituency of Moray returned to the Conservative party, Clarke returned to the distillery and the cask was bottled. 275 bottles of this very special release were available, filled at 53.9% ABV.
A magnificent sum of £40,000 was raised from the sale of the limited-edition bottling, all of which will be donated to The Salvation Army, the charity of Mr Clarke’s choice.
On Monday 2nd December 2019, John Grant, fifth generation family member and current Chairman of Glenfarclas, together with The Right Honourable Ken Clarke, presented the cheque to The Salvation Army at The Caledonian Club.