One of a few distilleries built to produce blending whisky, GlenAllachie (pronounced ‘Glen-al-ACK-ee’) was founded by Mackinlay, McPherson and Co to provide malt whisky for Mackinlay blends. The distillery stands in the heart of Speyside, at the foot of Ben Rinnes and in relatively close proximity to Aberlour. Both whisky distilleries draw their water from springs in the mountains.
Formally owned by Chivas Bothers, GlenAllachie was bought by the independent "GlenAllachie Distillers Company", which is operated by former BenRiach MD Billy Walker. Billy Walker is an industry legend, he has revitalised several mothballed distilleries including BenRiach and GlenDronach.
The GlenAllachie Distillers Co. was lucky enough to inherit a vast amount of aged stocks from the previous owners though Billy Walker has started to put his own stamp on the spirit. Fermentations and capacity have been slowed to produce a more fruity, refined spirit for the future.
GlenAllachie 12 year old, the heart of the new range and is a landmark bottling. Pedro Ximenez, Oloroso and virgin oak casks have been selected, blended and bottled under the careful eye of Master Distiller, Billy Walker. This is bottled at 46%, non chill-filtered and with natural colour.
Nose: Fried banana, almond, cola cubes, freshly cut oak. Butterscotch & mocha.
Palate: Stem ginger and sultana, oily barley and buttery vanilla. Marzipan and mocha.
Finish: Very slightly chocolatey on the finish.