GlenAllachie unveils Spirit of Speyside 2022 whisky

by Alice Brooker

Speyside distillery GlenAllachie has debuted an exclusive whisky for the Spirit of Speyside Festival, plus three single cask bottlings for the UK.

The Spirit of Speyside Festival will run from 27 April to 2 May this year. The Spirit of Speyside 2022 bottling from the brand has been named The GlenAllachie 15-Year-Old Cask #3292 Ex-Solera Oloroso Butt. Meanwhile, three other bottlings have been selected for the UK specialist retail channel, making up Batch 6 from the producer. All new whiskies rolled out by the brand, including the Speyside exclusive, were hand-selected by master distiller Billy Walker. He commented: “At GlenAllachie, we are deeply passionate about sourcing unique and innovative casks, particularly from premium, niche producers. Each of these casks selected reflect this; from the French fine wine barrique to the antique Sherry butt, which dates back to the middle of the 20th century, each brings considerable character and charm to the table. “We now look forward with great delight to welcoming whisky fans from across the world to our hidden gem for the Spirit of Speyside Festival, with these spectacular drams getting the limelight they deserve.” Clocking in at 59.4% ABV, the Spirit of Speyside 2022 whisky was aged in a Bourbon barrel, before being decanted into a first-fill oloroso puncheon. This was followed by being re-racked into an antique oloroso Sherry butt, previously used as part of a solera system for 55 years. The single cask expression will only be available to purchase from the brand’s distillery shop for RRP £175 (US$220). Meanwhile, Batch 6 comprises: The GlenAllachie 11-Year-Old Premier Cru Classé Barrique; The GlenAllachie 10-Year-Old Tawny Port Hogshead; and The GlenAllachie 9-Year-Old Peated Bourbon Barrel. The Premier Cru Classé Barrique is bottled at 59.9% ABV, and has been matured in a cask that previously matured Bordeaux red wine before holding the GlenAllachie spirit for 11 years. The resulting whisky boasts flavours of Turkish delight, cinnamon stewed apples and summer berries. The 11-year-old will be available for RRP £100 (US$125). Meanwhile, the 10-year-old Port hogshead bottling was matured in a cask that previously held vintage Tawny Port, and is bottled at 56.5% ABV. The expression delivers a fruity flavour profile, and will retail for RRP £95 (US$119). Finally, to make the nine-year-old, which rests at 60.1% ABV, peated spirit was filled into an ex-Bourbon barrel. The cask has imparted notes of burnt sugar and root ginger on the whisky. It will retail for RRP £90 (US$113). Batch 6 will be available across the UK from the week commencing 2 May. Earlier this month, GlenAllachie added two core whiskies to its portfolio, an eight-year-old and a 15-year-old.