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In political spirits, Glenfarclas Distillery has sold a cask of Scotch filled by Conservative MP Ken Clarke 25 years ago for £40,000.

The Sherry Hogshead cask, which was sold at the Glenfarclas Distillery shop in Speyside, was filled in May 1994, when Clarke was still Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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.

When the constituency of Moray returned to the Conservatives, Clarke returned to the distillery and the cask was bottled. 275 bottles of this very special release were available, raising a grand total of £40,000 for The Salvation Army.

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 on 2 December.

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