GlenAllachie debuts 30YO single malt

by Alice Brooker

Speyside distillery GlenAllachie has bottled the third batch of its oldest core expression: a 30-year-old, cask strength single malt.

Only 2,400 bottles of The GlenAllachie 30-Year-Old Cask Strength Batch 3 were produced, having been aged in hand-selected Pedro Ximénez, oloroso and American virgin oak casks all dating back to the 1990s. Master blender Billy Walker said: “The GlenAllachie team and I are thrilled to bring the next batch of our oldest core expression to market. Bottlings of this age and quality undeniably demonstrate the reward for patience and perseverance in whisky making. “Our heather honey-forward distillate stands up well to ageing in rich Sherry wood, and the casks selected for this bottling certainly showcase this incredible union. Expect a refined whisky that exudes notes of rich cocoa, orange zest, honeycomb and cinnamon – a true delight.” Retailing for RRP £670 (US$864), the liquid embodies 'Sherry-matured indulgence', and presents notes of rich espresso, chocolate-covered hazelnuts, grated ginger and stewed plums. The whisky clocks in at 48.9% ABV, and casks for maturation were selected from GlenAllachie Distillery’s impressive stocks exceeding 50,000 casks across 16 on-site warehouses. Walker celebrated his 50-year tenure in the Scotch industry in 2022, marking the occasion with the release of a limited edition series of GlenAllachie single malts: The Past, Present & Future Series. The brand recently unveiled its new visitor attraction, including a bar and tasting lounge, which is aa £600,000 (US$763,543) upgrade to its visitor centre first opened to the public in April 2019.

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