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GLENALLACHIE - GLENLIVET   12 years old 40 %         
The Glenallachie Distillery Co, Ltd,
Leith

GLENALLACHIE   18 years old 43 %           
THE CASTLE
COLLECTION NUMBER 3
Distilled  10/76
Cask No.   6236
Bottled 6/95
The Whisky Castle, Tomintoul

GLENALLACHIE   8 years old 43 %             
VINTAGE 1991
Distilled 5.3.91
Bottled 10.3.99
Matured in a sherry butt
Butt No. 1340
780 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLENALLACHIE   10 years old 46 %       INFO          
Distilled 5/3/1991
Matured in a sherry cask
Cask No. 01/108
Bottled 16/3/2001
204 bottles
Usquebach Society, Nederland

GLENALLACHIE   12  years old 43 %            
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY   SELECTION
Distilled  12/2/92
Matured in a bourbon barrel
Cask no. 451
Bottled 23/3/04
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

GLENALLACHIE     13  years old 43 %              
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Single Highland Malt
Distilled:   13/2/92
Bottled:26/04/05
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no:  458
Numbered Bottles
The Ultimate Whisky Company,   N.L.

GLENALLACHIE    14 years old  46 %               
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT   
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Single Speyside Malt
Distilled:13/02/92
Bottled:   24/02/06
Matured  in a Bourbon barrel
Cask:  463
Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
The Ultimate Whisky Company,  N.L

GLENALLACHIE   Aged 14 years 43 %             
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
Distilled on:   13.02.1992
Matured  in:   Bourbon Barrel
Cask No:   464 + 65
Bottled on: 31.07.2006
Numbered Bottles
613 Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLENALLACHIE      1992   15 years old 46 %
Single Speyside Malt
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY  SELECTION
Distilled: 13/02/92
Matured in a bourbon barrel
Cask no. 471
Bottled: 11/09/07
Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltering
The Ultimate Whisky Company, NL
                                                             
GLENALLACHIE  43 % INFO                      
1 9 9 9
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Distillation Date: May 1999
Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Barrels
Bottling Date: January 2012
Proprietors: The Glenallachie Distillery Co. Ltd
Specially selected, produced and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

Highland Malt
Speyside
GLENALLACHIE - GLENLIVET  (1968

Aberlour, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: The Glenallachie Distillery Co, Ltd. Eigendom van House of Campbell. Onderdeel van Pernod Ricard S.A.
Glenallachie - Glenlivet is gebouwd in 1967 naar een ontwerp van Delmé -Evans, ook de architekt van Tullibardine (1949) en Isle of Jura (1963) in op dracht van Charles Mackinlay & Co.
Deze firma was in 1961 overgenomen door Scottish & Newcastle Breweries en met hun steun werd in 1963 Isle of Jura herbouwd.
In 1985 wordt Charles Mackinlay, inclusief de drie distilleerderijen gekocht door Invergordon Distilelrs Ltd voor £ 17.5.000.000.
Glenallachie werd gesloten in 1985.
Glenallachie kwam in 1989 in het bezit van House of Campbell die er twee ketels bij bouwden.
Glenallachie heeft nu vier ketels en betrekt zijn koel- en proceswater van twee bronnen op de berg Ben Rinnes. De jaar kapaciteit is ongeveer 1,6 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
2005: Kapaciteit: 2.800.000 liter spirit per jaar.

12 July 2017
The Glenallachie distillery in Speyside has been sold by Chivas Brothers to a consortium headed by former BenRiach MD Billy Walker.

Glenallachie distillery: The Speyside plant has been sold by Pernod Ricard (Photo: Nicholas Mutton)
Chivas parent company Pernod Ricard said it had reached an agreement with The Glenallachie Consortium – comprising Billy Walker, ex-Inver House MD Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage.

The deal includes the Glenallachie distillery, its single malt brand, plus blended Scotch brands MacNair’s and White Heather, as well as stocks ‘to support future development of those brands’.

The consortium said its mission was ‘to be a wholly Scottish-owned, Scottish-based, and truly independent Scotch whisky company, producing excellent whiskies and offering them to the market at premium but affordable prices’.

Walker has been involved in Scotch for more than 40 years, including stints at Ballantine’s, Inver House Distillers and Burn Stewart.

He was instrumental in founding and building The BenRiach Distillery Company, which was sold to American group Brown-Forman for £285m in 2016.

Stevenson has spent almost 30 years working in Scotch, much of that time as MD of Inver House Distillers, owner of single malts including Balblair and Old Pulteney.

Savage, with more than 30 years’ experience in Scotch, has worked closely with Walker throughout her career.

Pernod Ricard said the sale was in line with its strategy ‘to focus on its priority spirits and wine brands and to adjust its industrial footprint to its needs’.

The sale is expected to close before the end of 2017.

Pernod sells the Glenallachie Distillery
13 July, 2017

Pernod Ricard has announced the signing of an agreement with the Glenallachie Consortium, comprising Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, for the sale of the Scottish distillery Glenallachie.

The transaction also includes the Glenallachie single malt brand, MacNair’s and White Heather blended scotch brands, and relevant inventories to support future development of those brands.

Pernod says the disposal is in line with its strategy to focus on its priority spirits and wine brands and to adjust its industrial footprint to its needs.

The closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to take place before the end of 2017.

The Glenallachie Consortium
Billy Walker is a well known character in the scotch whisky industry, having now been involved in the industry for more than 40 years. With a degree in chemistry Walker has been involved in most aspects of the production of scotch whisky, having spent time at Ballantines, Inver House Distillers and Burn Stewart. More recently he was instrumental in establishing and building the BenRiach Distillery Company prior to its sale in 2016.

Graham Stevenson is a chartered accountant who has spent almost 30 years in the scotch whisky industry. He initially joined the North British Distillery Company in Edinburgh before moving to Inver House Distillers in 1994. He has remained there for the past 23 years, most of that time as managing director.

Trisha Savage has over 30 years’ experience in scotch. Starting at Burn Stewart she has worked with Billy throughout her career and was also instrumental in establishing and building the BenRiach Distillery Company.

The consortium says its mission is to be a wholly Scottish-owned, Scottish-based, and truly independent scotch whisky company producing excellent whiskies and offering them to the market at premium but affordable prices.

Lightness is a characteristic of most of the 1960s distilleries and Glenallachie is no exception. A malty undertone adds some textural quality to the palate while delicate fruits rise above.

One of the results of the US-fuelled 1960s whisky boom, Glenallachie was built in 1967 by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries’ distilling subsidiary, Mackinlays. It is notable for being one of the distilleries designed by William Delmé-Evans who was also behind Macduff, Tullibardine and Jura.

In 1985, Mackinlays became part of own-label specialist Invergordon Distillers which flipped Glenallachie to Campbell Distillers/Pernod Ricard four years later, during most of which it had been mothballed.

It is only very rarely seen as a single malt bottling – most notably as part of Chivas Brothers’ Cask Strength series.

In July 2017, it was announced that Chivas Brothers had agreed to sell Glenallachie to The Glenallachie Consortium – former BenRiach MD Billy Walker, ex-Inver House Distillers MD Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage.

1967
Glenallachie is built by Mackinlays
1985
Mackinlays becomes part of Invergordon Distillers
1989
Glenallachie is purchased by Campbell Distillers (later part of Pernod Ricard)
2005
The first, and only, official Glenallachie bottling is a 16-year-old cask strength
2017
Chivas announces sale of Glenallachie to consortium led by ex-BenRiach MD Billy Walker

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
3.9
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
48hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
9.4
HEAT SOURCE i
Wash - internal steam pans/radiators,. Spirit - internal steam coils
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Unpeated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Various. Main varieties are Propino, Optic, Oxbridge and Concerto
MASH TUN MATERIAL i
Stainless Steel
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
67-70%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
15,000
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Ogee
STILLS i
2 pairs
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
21,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Lamp glass
WASHBACK TYPE i
Lined with stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
6
WATER SOURCE i
Ben Rinnes Springs
WORT CLARITY i
Moderately clear
YEAST TYPE i
Kerry Cream
OWNERS

Pernod Ricard
2001 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Chivas Brothers Holdings
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Campbell Distillers
1989 - 2001
Invergordon Distillers
1985 - 1989
Mackinlay McPherson
1967 - 1985



BILLY WALKER SPELLS OUT GLENALLACHIE PLANS
03 October 2017
The new owners of Glenallachie distillery in Speyside have revealed plans for the site after purchasing it from Chivas Brothers earlier this year.

Glenallachie distillery Trisha Savage Billy Walker
New home: Trisha Savage and Billy Walker have high hopes for their new distillery venture
The newly-formed GlenAllachie Distillers Company, led by Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, intends to release a range of ‘premium quality yet affordable’ whiskies.

Glenallachie’s core range will feature whiskies aged between 10- and 25-years-old, while a series of single cask bottlings and special edition whiskies will also be created.

In addition to purchasing the distillery and single malt brand from Chivas Brothers in July, the new company also acquired the defunct MacNair’s and White Heather blended Scotch brands, which will be rejuvenated with a variety of aged editions.

Walker, formerly MD of the BenRiach Distillery Company, which was sold to Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman in 2016, said he and his colleagues – long-term business partner Savage and ex-Inver House MD Stevenson – aimed to build a ‘truly independent, Scottish-owned and managed’ whisky company.

‘The Glenallachie distillery has been in good hands and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to become the custodian and continue the development as a single malt.

‘At 50 years old, it may be one of the younger distilleries on Speyside but the range of casks we have warehoused is tremendous, with whisky dating back to the 1970s.

‘Our aim is to nurture this liquid, develop the single malt and a range of blends that will be admired both home and abroad.’

Walker has previously commented that the first release from GlenAllachie Distillers Company will be launched in March 2018.

Glenallachie distillery was built in 1967 as part of the 1960s US-fuelled whisky boom. Designed by William Delmé-Evans, the renowned post-war architect behind Jura, Tullibardine and Macduff distilleries, Glenallachie has been used by Chivas Brothers to provide malt whisky for its Passport and 100 Pipers blends


WALKER RELEASES FIRST GLENALLACHIE WHISKIES
29 March 2018 by
GlenAllachie distillery is releasing its first whiskies following its sale to Billy Walker last year, ahead of the launch of a full core range in June.

GlenAllachie single casks
New dawn: The six single casks mark a new beginning for GlenAllachie on its 50th anniversary
The Speyside distillery is releasing six single cask bottlings from 1978, 1989, 1990 and 1991, with limited availability in various markets around the world.

Over 3,500 50cl bottles will be produced, all at cask strength, and made available for between £200 to £699:

GlenAllachie 1978, 40 Years Old, Sherry Butt, Cask #10296, 55.9% abv
GlenAllachie 1989, 29 Years Old, Sherry Butt, Cask #986, 57.7% abv
GlenAllachie 1989, 29 Years Old, Hogshead, Cask #2587, 45.4% abv
GlenAllachie 1990, 28 Years Old, Sherry Butt, Cask #2515, 44.9% abv
GlenAllachie 1990, 28 Years Old, Sherry Butt, Cask #2517, 54.6% abv
GlenAllachie 1991, 27 Years Old, Hogshead, Cask #100285, 55% abv

Walker, who led the purchase of GlenAllachie from Chivas Brothers in July 2017, has spent the past few months reviewing the distillery’s stock inventory.

He said: ‘The past few months since we bought the distillery and its stock have been so exciting for the whole team. I’ve been able to try samples from some really remarkable casks of Scotch and to study how the spirit has evolved over time.

‘I’ve been involved in distilling whiskies for much of my 40-year career in the industry, but I’ve seldom come across such a high-quality collection of casks.’

The release of the six single casks marks the 50th anniversary of GlenAllachie’s opening in 1968, although the distillery’s whisky has been mostly reserved for blending by its former owner.

Walker added: ‘GlenAllachie has always been prized as an important blending ingredient, not just by Chivas Brothers but also by other whisky companies, which would buy casks to add to their own blends.

‘What’s particularly exciting about these special-edition single cask bottles is that we’ll be able to demonstrate the really high quality of GlenAllachie as a standalone whisky.’

Walker describes GlenAllachie as a ‘more muscular’ whisky than other Speysiders, demonstrating flavours from orange peel and grapefruit through to dark chocolate and cherries.

The six single casks preclude the launch of the distillery’s first core range in June.

Home Nieuws The GlenAllachie start goed met een lancering van zeer exclusieve single casks ter ere van het 50-jarige bestaan van de distilleerderij!


The GlenAllachie start goed met een lancering van zeer exclusieve single casks ter ere van het 50-jarige bestaan van de distilleerderij!
De nieuwe distilleerderij van Billy Walker, The GlenAllachie Distillery, lanceert ter ere van het 50-jarige bestaan een range met unieke single casks. Gezien het feit dat dit de eerste botteling is onder het bewind van Billy Walker en het een botteling betreft ter ere van het 50-jarige bestaan is de verwachting dat deze whisky’s ware ‘collector items’ zullen worden onder whiskyliefhebbers.

109385 GLENALLACHIE 1978 Single Cask#010296 -50th anniversary bottling
109386 GLENALLACHIE 1989 Single Cask#986-50th anniversary bottling
109391 GLENALLACHIE 1989 Single Cask#2587-50th anniversary bottling
109395 GLENALLACHIE 1990 Single Cask#2515-50th anniversary bottling
109397 GLENALLACHIE 1990 Single Cask#2517-50th anniversary bottling
109407 GLENALLACHIE 1991 Single Cask#100285-50th anniversary bottling



GLENALLACHIE’S NEW DAWN
04 April 2018 by Thijs Klaverstijn
After decades of providing fillings for blends, Speyside distillery GlenAllachie is stepping into the spotlight, with new owners, a batch of single cask bottlings – and a new core range of single malts to follow this June. Thijs Klaverstijn reports.

Glenallachie distillery gates
Into the light: GlenAllachie was previously a workhorse distillery, whose whisky was destined for blends
For 50 years, GlenAllachie was one of the many almost-anonymous Speyside distilleries, minding its own business and quietly chugging along. Operating away from the limelight, most of its whisky ended up in one of the many Chivas Brothers blends, including Passport and 100 Pipers.

This came to an end when a consortium headed by Billy Walker acquired GlenAllachie in July 2017. Since then, the former BenRiach MD and his team have been religiously assessing the vast stock inventory, carefully working towards launching GlenAllachie as a serious single malt whisky.

The launch of six single cask single malts, ranging in age from 1978 to 1991 and announced last week, is the first sign of life from GlenAllachie since the takeover. Marking the 50th anniversary of the distillery, these bottlings are only just the beginning.

The distillery’s first core range is expected in June, and will consist of a 12-, an 18- and a 25-year-old, as well as a 10-year-old bottled at cask strength. Plans for further batches of single cask releases are also in the works.

‘There’s quite a lot involved when reviewing the stock,’ explains Walker. ‘What do we have? Are there any gaps? What is the long-term plan? It also helped us find out what we need to do in terms of wood management.

‘I’ve been more than impressed with some of the whisky in our stocks. Some of the wood we have is very good, but some of it is maybe less good. We’re addressing those issues.

‘We’ll put a lot of it into Pedro Ximénez and oloroso [ex-Sherry] casks. We’ll also use some virgin oak. There’s a lot of things we can do with wood to enhance and to take the flavour in a different direction. That process is happening just now.’

Treasure hunt: Walker and his colleagues have spent much time reviewing the stock

However, he adds: ‘The getting of casks is becoming more and more difficult, and more expensive. But the wood is so important. We’ve taken quite a lot of time to get to where we’re at, and it will take more time to get to where we want to be.’

After taking over, Walker’s first order of business at GlenAllachie was to give the distillery a fresh lick of paint, to improve appearance and to boost staff morale. It’s classic Walker, as he did exactly the same when he acquired BenRiach, and later GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh.

The positive experiences at BenRiach and GlenDronach, and to a lesser extent at Glenglassaugh, created an aura of success around Billy Walker. While there are similarities between his previous endeavours and GlenAllachie, it’s not as simple as using the same template over and over again.

‘The BenRiach acquisition was at a point when the malt whisky industry was in a bit of a pioneering stage,’ says Walker. ‘This is probably an easier journey than it was then.

‘The truth is that importers are coming to us, while with BenRiach we were going to importers to encourage and persuade. That’s a fantastic benefit.’

Fresh start: Most of the staff working at GlenAllachie now are new to the distillery

However, reviving GlenAllachie won’t be as ‘easy’ as it was to re-establish GlenDronach, Walker believes. ‘GlenDronach had je ne sais quoi. It had character and a reputation. It was a simmering giant. I personally think that GlenDronach will be in the top five or six single malts within five years.

‘But only if [new owner] Brown-Forman handles it properly, if they pursue the appropriate wood policy and are prepared to invest money in the wood policy, and invest time to allow the wood to deliver.’

Most of the staff at GlenAllachie are new to the distillery, including operating director Richard Beattie, who joined fresh from launching Torabhaig distillery on Skye. A few of the old Chivas personnel, who have now moved on toThe Glenlivet distillery, stayed on during the transition period to help the new employees get things up and running.

On the production side, the fermentation length was increased, from a relatively quick 48 hours under the previous owners, to a lengthy 100 hours under the new regime.

‘It produces an interesting broth,’ says Walker. ‘I’d describe the GlenAllachie spirit as pretty big, which is why it can take some interesting wood. It’s not typical Speyside, but rather quite muscular and pretty meaty.

‘We’re planning ahead now with some of the younger spirit, to see where we have to be in three, four or five years. We start moving some of the younger spirit into the kind of wood that we want the spirit to go forward in.’

No rush: Billy Walker insists that he will only bring whisky to market when it’s ready

Walker also plans to produce peated GlenAllachie spirit, which will account for about 20% of total production. ‘There’s so much you can do with peated spirit. It can take big wood – it can take seriously big wood, if it’s any good. But it’ll take four or five years before we’ll release any of it.’

Production has not only been tweaked, but also slowed down. For the last few years, GlenAllachie had been operating at full capacity, producing around four million litres of pure alcohol a year. Now it sits comfortably at 800,000 litres as the staff get to know the distillery.

But the deal with Chivas didn’t just cover the distillery and its stocks. Part of the package included the MacNair’s and White Heather blended whisky brands. These will play a vital role in Walker’s plans, as he wants to find a way to make blended whisky engaging and trendy again.

MacNair’s will be relaunched as a richly peated blended malt, with 21-year-old and 12-year-old releases, as well as a non-age statement blend. The MacNair’s range will also include a rum and a 12-year-old blended whisky ‘with a twist’, in Walker’s words.

He adds: ‘We’ll relaunch White Heather as a 21-year-old, which we’ll take into the top end of the market. We’re not interested in high volume, but in quality.’

While the core GlenAllachie range is set for release in June, Walker is far from being a man in a hurry with this, his latest venture in Scotch whisky.

‘I’m very comfortable with where we are with the four core releases. And, as with all our releases, we’ll take them to the market when the quality says we can take them to the market.’


GLENALLACHIE’S NEW DAWN
04 April 2018
After decades of providing fillings for blends, Speyside distillery GlenAllachie is stepping into the spotlight, with new owners, a batch of single cask bottlings – and a new core range of single malts to follow this June.

For 50 years, GlenAllachie was one of the many almost-anonymous Speyside distilleries, minding its own business and quietly chugging along. Operating away from the limelight, most of its whisky ended up in one of the many Chivas Brothers blends, including Passport and 100 Pipers.

This came to an end when a consortium headed by Billy Walker acquired GlenAllachie in July 2017. Since then, the former BenRiach MD and his team have been religiously assessing the vast stock inventory, carefully working towards launching GlenAllachie as a serious single malt whisky.

The launch of six single cask single malts, ranging in age from 1978 to 1991 and announced last week, is the first sign of life from GlenAllachie since the takeover. Marking the 50th anniversary of the distillery, these bottlings are only just the beginning.

The distillery’s first core range is expected in June, and will consist of a 12-, an 18- and a 25-year-old, as well as a 10-year-old bottled at cask strength. Plans for further batches of single cask releases are also in the works.

‘There’s quite a lot involved when reviewing the stock,’ explains Walker. ‘What do we have? Are there any gaps? What is the long-term plan? It also helped us find out what we need to do in terms of wood management.

‘I’ve been more than impressed with some of the whisky in our stocks. Some of the wood we have is very good, but some of it is maybe less good. We’re addressing those issues.

‘We’ll put a lot of it into Pedro Ximénez and oloroso [ex-Sherry] casks. We’ll also use some virgin oak. There’s a lot of things we can do with wood to enhance and to take the flavour in a different direction. That process is happening just now.’


However, he adds: ‘The getting of casks is becoming more and more difficult, and more expensive. But the wood is so important. We’ve taken quite a lot of time to get to where we’re at, and it will take more time to get to where we want to be.’

After taking over, Walker’s first order of business at GlenAllachie was to give the distillery a fresh lick of paint, to improve appearance and to boost staff morale. It’s classic Walker, as he did exactly the same when he acquired BenRiach, and later GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh.

The positive experiences at BenRiach and GlenDronach, and to a lesser extent at Glenglassaugh, created an aura of success around Billy Walker. While there are similarities between his previous endeavours and GlenAllachie, it’s not as simple as using the same template over and over again.

‘The BenRiach acquisition was at a point when the malt whisky industry was in a bit of a pioneering stage,’ says Walker. ‘This is probably an easier journey than it was then.

‘The truth is that importers are coming to us, while with BenRiach we were going to importers to encourage and persuade. That’s a fantastic benefit.’


However, reviving GlenAllachie won’t be as ‘easy’ as it was to re-establish GlenDronach, Walker believes. ‘GlenDronach had je ne sais quoi. It had character and a reputation. It was a simmering giant. I personally think that GlenDronach will be in the top five or six single malts within five years.

‘But only if [new owner] Brown-Forman handles it properly, if they pursue the appropriate wood policy and are prepared to invest money in the wood policy, and invest time to allow the wood to deliver.’

Most of the staff at GlenAllachie are new to the distillery, including operating director Richard Beattie, who joined fresh from launching Torabhaig distillery on Skye. A few of the old Chivas personnel, who have now moved on toThe Glenlivet distillery, stayed on during the transition period to help the new employees get things up and running.

On the production side, the fermentation length was increased, from a relatively quick 48 hours under the previous owners, to a lengthy 100 hours under the new regime.

‘It produces an interesting broth,’ says Walker. ‘I’d describe the GlenAllachie spirit as pretty big, which is why it can take some interesting wood. It’s not typical Speyside, but rather quite muscular and pretty meaty.

‘We’re planning ahead now with some of the younger spirit, to see where we have to be in three, four or five years. We start moving some of the younger spirit into the kind of wood that we want the spirit to go forward in.’

No rush: Billy Walker insists that he will only bring whisky to market when it’s ready

Walker also plans to produce peated GlenAllachie spirit, which will account for about 20% of total production. ‘There’s so much you can do with peated spirit. It can take big wood – it can take seriously big wood, if it’s any good. But it’ll take four or five years before we’ll release any of it.’

Production has not only been tweaked, but also slowed down. For the last few years, GlenAllachie had been operating at full capacity, producing around four million litres of pure alcohol a year. Now it sits comfortably at 800,000 litres as the staff get to know the distillery.

But the deal with Chivas didn’t just cover the distillery and its stocks. Part of the package included the MacNair’s and White Heather blended whisky brands. These will play a vital role in Walker’s plans, as he wants to find a way to make blended whisky engaging and trendy again.

MacNair’s will be relaunched as a richly peated blended malt, with 21-year-old and 12-year-old releases, as well as a non-age statement blend. The MacNair’s range will also include a rum and a 12-year-old blended whisky ‘with a twist’, in Walker’s words.

He adds: ‘We’ll relaunch White Heather as a 21-year-old, which we’ll take into the top end of the market. We’re not interested in high volume, but in quality.’

While the core GlenAllachie range is set for release in June, Walker is far from being a man in a hurry with this, his latest venture in Scotch whisky.

‘I’m very comfortable with where we are with the four core releases. And, as with all our releases, we’ll take them to the market when the quality says we can take them to the market.’


BATCH 142: GLENALLACHIE SINGLE CASKS
06 April 2018 by Dave Broom

Batch 142: GlenAllachie single casks
We focus on only one distillery this week as Dave Broom tastes his way through the six-strong single cask single malt releases from the ‘new’ GlenAllachie. The capitalised ‘A’ in the middle of the name gives a clue to the distillery’s new owner: Billy Walker, previously of BenRiach (and indeed GlenDronach).

Walker bought the distillery from Chivas Brothers last year and, in doing so, set about transforming GlenAllachie from a little-known distillery producing fillings for blends such as Passport and 100 Pipers, into a quality-oriented single malt in its own right.

A core range is set to launch in June but, while we wait for that, there is this initial release of six single cask single malts – spanning the years 1978 to 1991, with two each from 1989 and 1990 in the middle.

Are they any good? The simple answer is yes, but you’ll have to read Broom’s detailed notes for the full story on six whiskies that encompass quite a range of flavours and styles. Broom’s conclusion: ‘A fascinating journey,’ he says. ‘I reckon that Billy Walker’s done it again.’

This week’s accompanying Spotify playlist uses a single artist to provide the musical backdrop to this single distillery batch. Click on the links in ‘Right Place, Right Time’ for the soundtrack.

SCORING EXPLAINED
OVERVIEW
> GlenAllachie 1991, 26 Years Old, Cask #100285
> GlenAllachie 1990, 27 Years Old, Cask #2515
> GlenAllachie 1990, 27 Years Old, Cask #2517
> GlenAllachie 1989, 28 Years Old, Cask #986
> GlenAllachie 1989, 28 Years Old, Cask #2587
> GlenAllachie 1978, 39 Years Old, Cask #10296
GLENALLACHIE 1991, 26 YEARS OLD, CASK #100285
SCORE
81
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GlenAllachie 1991, 26 Years Old, Cask #100285
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
55%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fragrant & Floral
NOSE
Slightly sharp with some nose burn, then dry grass and, in time, the sweetness of flapjack and the start of a softer, richer, dark fruitiness accompanied by fresh-sawn wood. Water brings out a more juicy, citric edge, along with more overt cask elements; soft runny caramel, a touch of nutty cereal and fresh-ploughed field.

PALATE
While there’s still some heat, there’s also a soft butterscotch/tablet element which adds flavour but, more significantly, texture, which rounds off the palate. Everything seems light and fresh aromatically speaking but with this smoothed solidity and, while things do dry a little in the centre, everything is resolved on the end where there’s this fruity/floral thing going on. It does need water, which gives all of these elements another boost – and better cohesion. Now there’s blue fruit fragrance, especially on the back palate and, in time, hints of char.

FINISH
Vanilla, nuts, then a bright, almost effervescent spiciness.

CONCLUSION
From a hoggie, this is a fresh and easy-going introduction to a little-known distillery.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
One distillery, so one artist. Gentle, but with heft. It has to be John Martyn. Or, in this case, John The Baptist…

GLENALLACHIE 1990, 27 YEARS OLD, CASK #2515
SCORE
80
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GlenAllachie 1990, 27 Years Old, Cask #2515
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
44.9%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Although this is from a butt, there is a grassy element which nods politely towards the 1991 (there’s a touch of cow gum as well). As well as having plumped-up dried fruits, there’s a freshness which comes across as a mix of Moscato grapes and lemon zest. Water brings out some bakery notes, a chalk dust element and more fruit.

PALATE
A floury start and a mellow delivery, with slightly peachy fruits mixing with meadow hay and the sensation of chaff and pollen in the summer haze. There’s some orange peel in the mid-palate before it starts to deepen into hazelnut chocolate and sultana. I’d leave it neat as there’s no real heat, and it steadily develops a soft, chewy, fruity subtlety.

FINISH
Red liquorice.

CONCLUSION
A mix of the dry, the bright and the rich. A mid-point. The lower strength adds a mellowness.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Chilled and relaxed. One World.

GLENALLACHIE 1990, 27 YEARS OLD, CASK #2517
SCORE
82
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GlenAllachie 1990, 27 Years Old, Cask #2517
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
54.6%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Freshly-made gingerbread with raisin, prune and chocolate that, like #2515, also throws out ripe fruits and spice, in this case blueberry juice and clove, then comes bread-and-butter pudding (with the bread element the key). Becomes more obviously oxidised with water, with some yeastiness, barley sugar sweets (forgotten in the pocket) and, this being GlenAllachie, an estery lift of fresh banana and pineapple.

PALATE
A very soft, if concentrated, start with a balanced Sherry character and an almost smoky effect mid-palate, where there’s some light tannins and then, according to form, out come those blue and black fruits (now mostly dried) on the back palate with added chocolate. Water introduces a freshness to balance this power, as well as filling out the mid-palate.

FINISH
Rich, sweet fruit and clove on the finish.

CONCLUSION
Another butt, but with more weight and richness. You begin to see themes emerge and how time and cask play variations on those.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
This Goes Down Easy.

GLENALLACHIE 1989, 28 YEARS OLD, CASK #986
SCORE
86
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GlenAllachie 1989, 28 Years Old, Cask #986
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
57.7%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Rich & Round
NOSE
Rumbustious Sherry cask character, which mixes those blue fruits with some bodega funkiness: that lovely (well, I love it) cheese rind element, old Serrano ham with fruit, leather, prune and hints of nuttiness, which comes across as chestnut purée. Big, certainly, but balanced with Sherry-soaked wood and, with water, Christmas cake, bruised plum, sultana and apple.

PALATE
Broad and heavily Sherried, this is the weightiest so far, with a mix of Sherry, inky newsprint and coffee grounds on the tip of the tongue, some coal-like dustiness and liquorice in the middle, then those dark, aromatic plums and blueberries on the end. Rich and layered, it holds water well, bringing out Bourbon biscuits, resin and a slight oiliness before the estery brightness (grilled pineapple) adds lift. Flirts with sulphur.

FINISH
Dried peel and dark fruits.

CONCLUSION
One for the Sherry lovers.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
Deep and powerful. I’d Rather be the Devil.

GLENALLACHIE 1989, 28 YEARS OLD, CASK #2587
SCORE
84
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GlenAllachie 1989, 28 Years Old, Cask #2587
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
45.4%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Fruity & Spicy
NOSE
Initially, this is softer, slightly shyer than #986 (which might be partly down to the lower strength). There’s a shared sultana element, but more overt citrus elements, while the fruitiness moves towards pomegranate molasses and scented candles. It steadily grows in assurance, becoming a polished mix of dried orchard fruit, macadamia, orange peel.

PALATE
A very soft start, with a gentle mid-palate. There’s great flow and a sense of a softening maturity, with waxy fruit that expands with water, which adds in cocoa powder, subtle tannins, then cherry and cinnamon tea, and some raisin.

FINISH
Drying initially, then the fruits.

CONCLUSION
You need to work a little at this one, but it is rewarding.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
A soft, slow builder once you get your head around it. As warm and fuzzy as a Big Muff.

GLENALLACHIE 1978, 39 YEARS OLD, CASK #10296
SCORE
85
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GlenAllachie 1978, 39 Years Old, Cask #10296
PRICE BAND
£ £ £ £ £
ABV
55.9%
PRODUCTION TYPE
Single malt whisky
REGION
Speyside
FLAVOUR CAMP
Rich & Round
NOSE
Now here’s odd. It opens with this note which I sometimes get with an old whisky of the air inside an empty cupboard, a ghostly aroma of the smell of time lost. Then, like many of its kind, it begins to fill in. There’s some cold Darjeeling tea, then aromatic woods, resin, some sweet, raisined fruits, a little beeswax and then a needling, bone-dry oloroso element which will thrill true Sherry lovers. In time you pick out spent cigar, rum-and-raisin, and chocolate. At its best neat.

PALATE
Sweet, with a heavy concentration of fruit, but that light airiness is still evident even after all this time (and the attentions of a Sherry butt). The tannins are more grippy, but there’s some dried mint and oregano, then date and pruney richness.

FINISH
Coffee grounds.

CONCLUSION
Everything eventually is concentrated into an essence. A fascinating journey. I reckon that Billy Walker’s done it again.

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME
That Billy Walker, He’s Got All the Whiskey.
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