INFO Distilled 5/3/1991 Matured in a sherry cask Cask No. 01/108 Bottled 16/3/2001 204 bottles Usquebach Society, Nederland
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.
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,
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,
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,
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
Aged 10 years
Speyside single Malt Scotch Whisk
From The Valley of the Rocks
Non Chill Filtration
Distilled, Matured and bottled in Scotland
The Glenallachie Distillers Co. Limited, Aberlour
Colour: Deep gold
Nose: Big notes of heather honey and toffee, with rose hip and spices tip – toeing in
Taste: Honey, vanilla and toffee with a layer of rose hip, marmelade and Caribbean spices.
Glenallachie, from the Gaelic Glean Aileachaidh meaning ‘Valley of the Rocks”The Geology
here is dominated by ancient rock formations. Not any old stone, not any old whisky either.
You have in your hand a glass of Glenallachie Speyside Single Malt. That’s Glen – Alla – Key.
Talking of which, the key tot his superb malt is dedication. Under the guidance of Master
Distiller Billy Walker, a process of slow fermentation, precise distillation and long matu –
ration in the finest casks from around the world delivers this fantastic single malt, as natural
as the rocky place it hails from.
And to retain this rich, full flavour we bottle it at a higher alcohol by volume. Billy proudly
puts his name on every single one of these bottles, In their pursuit of exellence, he and
his team na bi fois, leave no stone unturned.
Neat or with a splash of water, its you choice<]. On the rocks? Sure. It’s Glenallachie after
Aged 12 years
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
From The Valley of The Rocks
Non Chill Filtered
Billy Walker Master Distiller
Distilled, Matured and Bottled in Scotland
The Glenallachie Distillers Co. Limited, Aberlour
Under the guidance of Master Distiller Billy Walker, a process of slow fermentation,
precise distillation and long maturaytion in the finest casks from around the world
delivers this fantastic single malt, as natural as the rocky place it hails from.
Colour: Polished Bronze
Nose: Butterscotch and honey playing the lead, with raisins and mocha in the background
Taste: Honey, marzipan and bananas, with lashings of butterscotch, raisins and a delicate
Aberlour, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: The Glenallachie Distillery Co, Ltd. Eigendom van House of Campbell. Onderdeel van Pernod Ricard S.A.
Glenallachie - Glenlivetis gebouwd in1967naar een ontwerp vanDelmé -Evans,ook de architekt vanTullibardine (1949)enIsle of Jura (1963)in op dracht van Charles Mackinlay & Co. Deze firma was in1961overgenomen doorScottish & Newcastle Breweriesen met hun steun werd in1963 Isle of Juraherbouwd.
In1985wordt Charles Mackinlay, inclusief de drie distilleerderijen gekocht doorInvergordon Distilelrs Ltdvoor£ 17.5.000.000.
Glenallachiewerd gesloten in1985.Glenallachiekwam in1989in het bezit vanHouse of Campbelldie er twee ketels bij bouwden. Glenallachieheeft nu vier ketels en betrekt zijn koel- en proceswater van twee bronnen op de bergBen Rinnes. De jaar kapaciteit is ongeveer 1,6 miljoen liter spirit per jaar. 2005: Kapaciteit: 2.800.000 liter spirit per jaar.
TheGlenallachiedistillery inSpeysidehas been sold by Chivas Brothersto a consortium headed by formerBenRiach MD Billy Walker.
Glenallachiedistillery: TheSpeysideplant has been sold byPernod Ricard
Chivasparent companyPernod Ricardsaid it had reached an agreement withThe Glenallachie Consortium– comprisingBilly Walker, ex-Inver House MD Graham Stevensonand TrishaSavage.
The deal includes theGlenallachiedistillery, its single malt brand, plus blendedScotchbrandsMacNair’sandWhite Heather, as well as stocks ‘to support future development of those brands’.
The consortium said its mission was ‘to be a whollyScottish-owned,Scottish-based, and truly independentScotchwhisky company, producing excellent whiskies and offering them to the market at premium but affordable prices’.
Walker has been involved in Scotchfor more than 40 years, including stints atBallantine’s,Inver HouseDistillersandBurn Stewart.
He was instrumental in founding and buildingThe BenRiach Distillery Company, which was sold to American groupBrown-Formanfor £285m in 2016.
Stevensonhas spent almost 30 years working inScotch,much of that time asMDofInver House Distillers,owner of single malts includingBalblairandOld Pulteney.
Savage,with more than 30 years’ experience inScotch, has worked closely withWalkerthroughout her career.
Pernod Ricardsaid 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 of2017.
Pernod sells the Glenallachie Distillery
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.
Glenallachie is built by Mackinlays
Mackinlays becomes part of Invergordon Distillers
Glenallachie is purchased by Campbell Distillers (later part of Pernod Ricard)
The first, and only, official Glenallachie bottling is a 16-year-old cask strength
Chivas announces sale of Glenallachie to consortium led by ex-BenRiach MD Billy Walker
Various. Main varieties are Propino, Optic, Oxbridge and Concerto
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Chivas Brothers Holdings
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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
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 50 cl bottles will be produced, all at cask strength, and made available for between £200 to £699:
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
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
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.
> 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
Single malt whisky
Fragrant & Floral
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.
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.
Vanilla, nuts, then a bright, almost effervescent spiciness.
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
Single malt whisky
Fruity & Spicy
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.
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.
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
Single malt whisky
Fruity & Spicy
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.
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.
Rich, sweet fruit and clove on the finish.
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
Single malt whisky
Rich & Round
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.
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.
Dried peel and dark fruits.
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
Single malt whisky
Fruity & Spicy
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.
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.
Drying initially, then the fruits.
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
Single malt whisky
Rich & Round
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.
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.
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 Whisky.
GLENALLACHIE CORE RANGE REVEALED
Speyside distillery GlenAllachie has unveiled its first core range of single malt whiskies following its acquisition by a consortium led by ex-BenRiach owner Billy Walker.
GlenAllachie core range bottles and cartons
First foray: Until now, GlenAllachie has been rarely seen as a single malt
A flagship 12-year-old expression, described by Walker as ‘the heart of our range’, is flanked by a 10-year-old bottled at cask strength, plus 18-year-old and 25-year-old variants, with ex-Sherry and virgin oak casks featuring strongly in the maturation regime.
The launch of a permanent core range follows the release of six single cask GlenAllachies in March this year, and the acquisition of GlenAllachie by Walker, plus business partners Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson, from Pernod Ricard, in October 2017.
The new GlenAllachie core range includes:
GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength: 57.1% abv; matured in American oak, Pedro Ximénez, oloroso and virgin oak casks; said to taste of ‘honey, vanilla, toffee, marmalade, with a layer of rose hip and Caribbean spices’; £57
GlenAllachie 12 Year Old: 46% abv; Pedro Ximénez, oloroso and virgin oak; ‘sweet butterscotch notes on the nose, and a taste of honey, marzipan and bananas, plus further lashings of butterscotch’; £43
GlenAllachie 18 Year Old: 46% abv; no details of maturation given; ‘a combination of rich and robust spirit, with heather and butterscotch notes, along with subtle hints of dark chocolate’; £92
GlenAllachie 25 Year Old: 48% abv; Pedro Ximénez, oloroso and American oak casks; ‘lashings of sultanas, pineapples and dark chocolate, followed by layers of Christmas cake, marmalade and sweet spices’; £232
‘The first release of our GlenAllachie core range has been a culmination of months of hard work and a passion to turn GlenAllachie into a very popular and much sought-after single malt whisky,’ said Walker.
‘The range of casks we have warehoused is tremendous, with nearly 50,000 maturing at our distillery, some of which date back to the 1970s.’
All the whiskies are bottled at natural colour and without chill filtration, while bottle labels include the words ‘From the valley of the rocks’, a translation of GlenAllachie’s original Gaelic name Gleann Aileachaidh.
The new GlenAllachie core range will be available from July in more than 28 countries, including the UK, US, Germany, Taiwan, China and France.
Since the acquisition, distillery buildings have been converted to dunnage warehousing, bringing the total number of on-site warehouses to 16, with another two due for construction, along with a bottling line.
Walker is yet to reveal full details of his plans for the MacNair’s and White Heather blended whisky brands, also acquired from Chivas Brothers with GlenAllachie.
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Speyside is home to so many wonderful whiskies, but we want to tell you what makes our hidden gem so special.
We’re on a journey to create a legacy of our own, why don’t you join us?
The GlenAllachie Distillery was the fourth distillery designed by William-Delme Evans and built by MacKinley McPherson (distilling arm of Scottish and Newcastle). It was designed to be almost full gravity fed to run on reduced energy.
In February 1968, the distillery began its first production run with the capacity of producing almost three million litres of alcohol. Operations began with two stills and increased to four after just six months.
MacKinley McPherson became part of Invergordon and the distillery was mothballed in this year.
Campbell Distillers (later part of Pernod Ricard) acquired The GlenAllachie Distillery and production recommenced on April 24th – this was the start of 29 years of uninterrupted production. The Distillery was branded as the Home of Clan Campbell Whisky. Apparently the inventory of the Distillery listed the ducks in the waters above the dam.
Chivas Brothers launched a Glenallachie single malt whisky as part of the Cask Edition Series. It was a 15 year old whisky from sherry casks distilled in 1989 when the distillery was bought and reopened by Pernod Ricard.
Billy Walker, Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson came together to acquire the GlenAllachie Distillery and form The GlenAllachie Distillers Company Limited, bringing with them over 100 years of industry knowledge and expertise.
In February this year, six single casks were hand picked by Master Distiller Billy Walker to celebrate 50 years since the first date of production in February 1968.
In July this year, our first core range of single malt whiskies were released to the world. The range features a 10, 12, 18 and 25 years old, all natural colour, non-chill-filtered and bottled at a minimum of 46% ABV
When we purchased GlenAllachie just over a year ago, we were lucky enough to acquire the MacNair's brand. We're continuing our first anniversary celebrations with the launch of MacNair's Lum Reek, a range of peated Blended Malt Scotch whiskies that revive a traditional brand with a contemporary twist.
The MacNair’s Lum Reek range,which comprises Lum Reek peated, 12-year-old and 21-year-old, is a combination of Islay and Speyside malt blended together with older GlenAllachie. It has been matured at The GlenAllachie Distillery and vatted by our Master Distiller Billy Walker, one of the most respected blenders in Scotland. All are bottled at natural colour, non-chill filtered and 46% ABV and above.
The new Lum Reek peated whiskies are inspired by the famous Scottish toast ‘lang may yer lum reek’, which literally means ‘long may your chimney smoke’ and is used to wish someone a long life and prosperity. The whiskies are also inspired by the creative spirit of Glaswegian expert distiller and blender, Harvey MacNair who founded the original company in 1837.
MacNair's Lum Reek
Peated - 46%
This is the perfect introduction into the Lum Reek range; Master Distiller Billy Walker has combined whiskies matured in first fill Bourbon, Oloroso, Virgin Oak and Red Wine casks to produce this rich golden spirit.
COLOUR: Rich Gold
NOSE: Crisp peat notes with barley sugar and dark chocolate.
TASTE: Full bodied peat reek, vanilla, barley sugar and tannins, followed by bog myrtle and sweet spices.
MacNair's Lum Reek
Peated 12 Years Old - 46%
The Lum Reek 12 years old reflects Billy Walker’s vast experience as a blender and his expert knowledge of wood management. Whiskies from first fill Bourbon, Red Wine and Pedro Ximenez casks were blended together to produce this smoky malt.
COLOUR: Copper Bronze.
NOSE: Sweet peat reek combining with butterscotch and mocha.
TASTE: Lashings of rich peat reek with mature heather notes, bog myrtle, butterscotch, toffee and sweet spices.
MacNair's Lum Reek
Peated 21 Years Old - 48%
A blend of some of the finest Islay and Speyside peated malts combined with richer, older GlenAllachie, the Lum Reek 21 years old was aged in Oloroso, Virgin Oak and Red Wine casks. Billy Walker has successfully recreated the peated whiskies of 100 years ago for the modern-day palette.
NOSE: Aristocratic peat smoke with dark chocolate and fudge.
TASTE: Tobacco, leather, cedar wood and waves of peat reek with oodles of cocoa, vanilla, honey and spices.
"I’m a passionate believer in the qualities of Blended Malt Scotch whisky; if you have high quality component whiskies, as we fortunately do, and combine them with a first-class wood management policy and a creative spirit, you can produce a dram to rival the very best single malts.”
- Billy Walker, Master Distiller -
Ne’er happier than when exploring the globe or the spirit from the golden still, Harvey McNair was – in the parlance of his native Glasgow – a man or ‘lad o’pairts’: a true Victorian entrepreneur. A trader, thereby a traveller, an inventor of all sorts of mechanical contraptions, his genius lay in the blending of fine whiskies. He loved and championed the natural, unadulterated colour of whisky. “Pure gold’ he said with a wink.
Bon viveur and raconteur, he cut a dash about town and had a bursting social calendar. His best stories were always ‘agin hisself’, like how his neighbours thought him an alchemist or, indeed, how he discovered Lum Reek. But he knew a good dram when he blended it, or indeed stumbled across it. Just like our own 21st Century Whisky legend Billy Walker, who has recreated and refined the Lum Reek blend for the modern palette.
One autumn evening in the 1860s, after a day’s fishing, our man was quaffing a dram in the old stone bothy near GlenAllachie. Due to a blocked chimney (or lum) the room filled with smoke. It had “a marvellous effect on the whisky in my glass,” confided McNair later to his merchant cronies. “Indeed, perfection!” Ne’er a truer word was spoken.
Today’s Lum Reek is the creation of our Master Blender Billy Walker, raising his hat to the top hatted Victorian. It’s a heavily peated malt, marrying Islay & Speyside whiskies with rich GlenAllachie, to extend the flavour profile. Lum Reek is matured in GlenAllachie’s warehouses, then bottled at 46% (and above), unchilfiltered, allowing its natural colour to shine like those golden autumns Harvey MacNair enjoyed, decked out in his waders.s
FIRST BATCH OF SINGLE CASKS RELEASED
Whisky fans in the UK and worldwide can now explore the full spectrum of spirit being created at The GlenAllachie Distillery with the release of a series of Single Cask Editions, its first batches of single casks specially selected for different markets and retailers.
Master Distiller Billy Walker has personally chosen a selection of casks that showcase the GlenAllachie spirit in a variety of different ages, flavour profiles and cask types. Eight of the specially selected Single Casks will be available exclusively in the UK, with the remainder being released across key export markets including Europe, Asia and the USA.
THE EIGHT UK CASKS
Ranging in age from 10 to 29 years old, eight Single Casks have been specially selected for the UK by Walker, who bought the distillery near Aberlour in Speyside with his business partners Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, in October 2017. Each of the single casks is bottled at natural strength, with no added colouring and unchilfiltered to enhance the flavour.
The following eight single casks are available exclusively in the UK from specialist retailers
1989 cask # 100073 / 60.1% / Sherry Butt
Colour: Rich Mahogany
Nose: Heather honey and mocha enriched with hints of sweet spices, pears and mint.
Taste: Dark chocolate, toffee and bananas with sweet spices and hints of orange zest and mocha.
1989 cask # 101040 / 54.7% / Hogshead
Colour: Very Rich Mahogany
Nose: Pineapples, bananas, heather honey and dark chocolate.
Taste: Lashings of bananas, dates, damsons, heather honey with cinnamon and dark chocolate.
1990 cask # 620 / 60.7% / Bourbon Barrel
Colour: Golden Bronze
Nose: Mix of heather honey, pears and orange peel with hint of mocha
Taste: Lashings of heather honey, with pears, rosehips, orange peel and hints of dark chocolate.
2005 cask # 16095 / 59.4% / Bourbon Barrel
Nose: Orange zest, with blackberries, mocha and hint of mint.
Taste: Big heather honey, blackberries, damsons and orange peel with hint of dark chocolate.
2006 cask # 27979 / 62.4% / Bourbon Barrel
Nose: Green apples, heather, honey and vanilla.
Taste: Lashings of heather honey, damsons and rose hips.
2006 cask # 896 / 61.7% / Virgin Oak Barrel
Colour: Rich Bronze
Nose: Heather honey and butterscotch with blackberries.
Taste: Big presence of heather honey, butterscotch and damsons, with hints of orange zest and mocha.
2007 cask # 1856 / 60.0% / Port Pipe
Colour: Rich Ruby
Nose: Fresh orange peel, layered with figs, cocoa and sweet spices.
Taste: Lashings of heather honey, cocoa, Christmas cake and orange zest, with sweet spices.
2008 cask # 24829 / 60.1% / Bourbon Barrel
Colour: Golden Bronze
Nose: Candy floss with dark chocolate, rosehips and mint.
Taste: Honey and butterscotch, with damsons, dark chocolate and light tannins.
HUGE RANGE OF CASKS AND FLAVOURS
In the past, GlenAllachie, which was built in 1968, was primarily producing whisky for blends. But Walker has been meticulously exploring the distillery’s stocks to hand-pick casks reflecting the spectrum of spirit being created.
He said: “When we purchased GlenAllachie, I had the great pleasure of reviewing our stock across the warehouses and I was delighted to discover an array of outstanding casks.
“I’ve been in this business for a long time and there’s no better feeling than sampling from single casks and discovering so many different flavours from so many different wood types,
“The distillery produces a rich full bodied spirit which works well across a variety of different casks and ages, this is what I wanted to show with the batch of casks I’ve chosen for the UK and our export partners. With over 50,000 casks of GlenAllachie now in stock maturing across a vast range of wood styles, there is so much more to come.”
GLENALLACHIE LAUNCHES SINGLE CASK SERIES
GlenAllachie is releasing a series of single cask whiskies, with different limited ranges available in various markets.
GlenAllachie 1989 Cask #100073 from the single cask series
Full-bodied spirit: GlenAllachie 1989 Cask #100073 has notes of ‘dark chocolate, toffee and bananas’
Ranging from 10 to 29 years old, the single cask whiskies have been matured in a variety of different casks, including Sherry butts, Port pipes and virgin American oak.
Eight will be released in the UK in October, at the same time as a further seven which will be available exclusively in Europe.
Further collections will be released ‘in due course’ in Asia and the US. Each release will be bottled at natural cask strength without chill filtration or added colour.
Billy Walker, who bought the Speyside distillery with his business partners Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage in 2017, said GlenAllachie’s ‘rich, full-bodied spirit works well’ across different cask types and ages.
‘This is what I wanted to show with the batch of casks I’ve chosen for the UK and our export partners,’ he said.
‘I’ve been in this business for a long time and there’s no better feeling than sampling from single casks and discovering so many different flavours from so many different wood types.
‘With over 50,000 casks of GlenAllachie now in stock maturing across a vast range of casks there is so much more to come.’
The single cask series follows the launch of an initial batch of six limited edition single cask bottlings released to mark 50 years since GlenAllachie’s opening in 1968.
Since then the distillery has also released its flagship single malt range and relaunched the historic MacNair’s blended malt brand.
The eight single cask whiskies released in the UK include:
GlenAllachie has celebrated the 2019 Spirit of Speyside Festival (1-6 May) with the launch of its new visitor centre and shop.
Entrance to GlenAllachie Distillery
Grand reveal: GlenAllachie opened its visitor centre on the first day of the Spirit of Speyside festival
The Speyside distillery is now open to visitors for the first time since it was built in 1967.
GlenAllachie’s previous owner, spirits company Pernod Ricard, kept the distillery closed to the public and used its whisky primarily for blending.
The new visitor centre offers tours and contains a shop selling branded merchandise and two distillery-exclusive single cask whiskies: 12-year-old and 29-year-old expressions, both hand-selected by GlenAllachie owner Billy Walker.
Visitors can also hand-fill their own bottle of whisky straight from the cask in the shop.
GlenAllachie marked the opening of its new facilities with the launch of an exclusive Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival bottling, a Port pipe-matured 13-year-old.
GlenAllachie’s visitor centre manager Karen McWilliam, who previously worked at Highland distillery GlenDronach, said it was ‘a historic and exciting time’ for everyone.
McWilliam commented: ‘For a long time, the distillery has been one of Speyside’s best-kept secrets, but now we’re creating our own history with our single malts and the gates are open to everyone.’
The visitor centre opening is a significant milestone for GlenAllachie, which was acquired by former BenRiach managing director Billy Walker in June 2017.
Walker has since focused on launching GlenAllachie as a single malt whisky and refurbishing the distillery.