GlenAllachie launches Lum Reek Batch 2

by Alice Brooker

The GlenAllachie Distillery has created a second batch of its Lum Reek 10-year-old cask strength blended malt.

The second instalment of the blended malt combines single malt whiskies from Speyside and Islay. GlenAllachie master blender Billy Walker said: “There’s something wondrous about bottling a whisky at cask strength. Perhaps it’s that it provides an opportunity to taste it as if you were sampling straight from a cask in the warehouse; the experience is incredibly special.” Launched by MacNair’s Boutique House of Spirits, a brand created by Walker, the whisky gets its name from the old Scottish toast to a long and healthy life, ‘lang may yer lum reek’, translating to ‘long may your chimney smoke’. Walker continued: “Lum Reek is a blend I hold close to my heart. "It presents the chance to introduce Speyside and Islay single malts to our GlenAllachie spirit, balancing the honey-sweet house style of our whisky with Islay peat smoke and Speyside spiciness. The outcome is undoubtedly delicious.” Once blended, the liquid was filled to a mix of Sherry, red wine and virgin oak casks for an additional ageing period. MacNair’s Lum Reek 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 2 delivers notes of gentle smoke and sweet spice. Clocking in at 55.8% ABV, the non-chill-filtered expression retails for RRP £62.99 (US$76.92). It is available to buy from global specialist retailers. Last month, the brand introduced its 2012 Vintage Cuvée Wine Cask Finish, a combination of Scotch whiskies aged in casks sourced from four European fine wineries.

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