GlenAllachie launches first core range of whiskies

Jul 2, 2018by Melita Kiely

Speyside distillery GlenAllachie has released its first core range of single malt whiskies featuring four expressions that have been aged for 10, 12, 18 and 25 years.

This is the first core range release from the firm since Billy Walker and business partners Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson acquired the distillery from Pernod Ricard in October 2017 in a multi-million-pound deal. GlenAllachie 10 Year Old is a cask strength whisky, bottled at 57.1% abv, and will retail at RRP £57 (US$75). It has been matured in American oak, Pedro Ximénez, oloroso and virgin oak casks and is said to have notes of honey, vanilla, toffee, marmalade, rose hip and Caribbean spices. The 12-year-old has been aged in Pedro Ximénez, oloroso and virgin oak casks, and is described as delivering notes of butterscotch on the nose and honey, marzipan and bananas on the palate. It is bottled at 46% abv and has an RRP of £43 (US$56). GlenAllachie 18 Year Old “exemplifies the signature style of GlenAllachie”, with notes of heather, butterscotch and hints of dark chocolate. It has an abv of 46% and an RRP of £92 (US$121). The final aged single malt in the collection, the 25-year-old, is bottled at 48% abv and has an RRP of £232 (US$305). Matured in Pedro Ximénez, oloroso and American oak casks, the whisky is said to have flavours of sultanas, pineapples, dark chocolate, Christmas cake, marmalade and sweet spices. Billy Walker, managing director and master distiller, said: “The first release of our GlenAllachie core range has been a culmination of months of hard work and passion to turn GlenAllachie into a very popular and much sought after single malt whisky. “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. Our aim is to nurture this tremendous spirit and for these single malts to be admired both at home and abroad.” The GlenAllachie is available in more than 28 markets, including the US, Germany, Taiwan, China and France. In April, GlenAllachie celebrated its 50th anniversary with the launch of a limited edition range of single cask whiskies. Earlier this year, SB interviewed Walker to discuss life since he sold BenRiach in 2016 and his plans for GlenAllachie.