Today, Monday 2nd July 2018 marks the re-launch of GlenAllachie Distillery. Many of you may never have heard of this distillery. But today has been a highly anticipated day. Highly anticipated scotch too. Ever since news broke last year that Billy Walker headed up a team to purchase the lesser known GlenAllachie Distillery, scotch whiskey fans have been waiting. Specifically, fans who followed Billy and his remarkable success with GlenDronach Distillery. We have been looking forward to this too. GlenAllachie has echoes of The Whisky Barrel, being an independent Scottish owned and run business. There is a strong familial feel to the setup too. We now have our hands on the full new range of GlenAllachie Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. All available now at TheWhiskyBarrel.com
Unsurprisingly, Billy and his team are going with a formula that proved very successful at his previous haunt. Sherry cask matured, strong age statements and 46% or more. So now is the chance to get hold of brand new Scotch. The time has come to revive a once understated and overlooked blending whiskey. The time has come to explore GlenAllachie Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.
GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch #1 57.1%
At 57.1% ABV The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch #1 is a limited release of 2,000 cases. Matured American Oak, Pedro Ximenez, Oloroso and Virgin Oak. This is the release that allows you to taste Glenallachie scotch as it comes from the cask, full throttle. Billy and his team’s notes allude to spices, heather, honey and toffee. Speyside indeed.
GlenAllachie 12 Year Old 46%
The flagship bottle of the new GlenAllachie range is the GlenAllachie 12 year old. At an easy price point to allow the novice to dip into this scotch. This is the whiskey to show off the new core range of GlenAllachie whisky. Matured in Pedro Ximenez, Oloroso and Virgin Oak. Unchillfitlered and natural colour. The spirit and the casks have done all the work. Notes of butterscotch and honey are prominent at the front with almonds and and hint of bitter chocolate levelling it out. There is good depth to this. For an entry level core bottling, it offers plenty.
GlenAllachie 18 Year Old
The GlenAllachie 18 year old is limited to an annual release of 1,000 cases worldwide. Billy has carefully selected casks from the GlenAllachie warehouses to make his mark on the 18 year old release. With access to Glenallachie casks back to the 1970s, this is a treat. More maturation in American Oak, Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso casks and bottled at 46%. There is an added level of depth with the sweeter notes of vanilla, butterscotch and toffee being left with notes of spice, raisins, dark red cherries and dark chocolate. An extra bite to the 18 year old.
GlenAllachie 25 Year Old
This GlenAllachie 25 year old is something even more special. Bottled at a higher 48% it is limited to just 1,000 cases worldwide. American Oak, Pedro Ximinez and Oloroso cask matured this offers real luxury whisky. A rich and complex whisky with big influence of the sherry casks but in perfect harmony with the spirit. Brings notes of sultanas, dark chocolate, Christmas cake and crisp citrus fruits. There is a distinctly more luxurious mouthfeel. This is peak Glenallachie scotch whiskey.
Each of these new releases offers something different. The 12 year old offers a superb flagship bottling. At 46% and with a lovely balance between the sherry oak and spirit, it offers the scotch whiskey fan something very interesting and enjoyable. For the new whiskey drinker, it is a taste of what a very good whisky experience is all about. But if we had to pick one it would be the 25 year old. Yes, we know, the most expensive. But the combination of American oak, Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso casks has worked wonders with the spirit providing great depth and a good bite with the flavour profile. But we also like the 10 year cask strength…and the 18 year old! GlenAllachie Distillery is sure to quickly be a favourite here at TWB HQ.
So, a huge congratulations to Billy and all the team up at GlenAllachie Distillery. Fantastic to see this previously quiet and lesser know distillery now firmly placed on the single malt scotch map.