A 12-year-old single malt released as part of GlenAllachie's Wine Cask Finish series.
This has been matured in ex-bourbon casks before a finish in French oak Sauternes barriques which had a medium level of toasting.
Sauternes is a dessert wine originating from the Bordeaux region in south west France made by using the 'noble rot' to sweeten the grapes. They tend to give rich honey notes to whiskies.
Nose: Waves of heather honey, peaches and grapefuit with hints of cinnamon and almonds.
Palate: Heather honey, treacle and pineapple, with peaches, sweet grapefruit and cinnamon.
Founded in 1967, GlenAllachie is part of that flurry of new distillery builds that highlighted the period of great optimism for the Scotch whisky industry. Fuelled by an American market hungry for whisky, the distilleries of this time were designed to accommodate the lighter, drier style that the Americans seemed to prefer. That was certainly true of GlenAllachie, who’s style has always been regarded as light and certainly barley-forward.
GlenAllachie has, up until now, been best known as a blending ingredient of the Chivas Brothers stable. They bought the distillery in 1989, re-opening the Speyside site after it was decommissioned in 1987. Rarely seen as a single malt outside from the odd independent bottling and Chivas limited edition, the house style saw it being used as a vital – though usually anonymous – in a number of blends.
The distillery has taken on a new purpose in the Scotch spectrum following the 2017 purchase by Billy Walker. Walker had sold the BenRiach distillery and its sister sites GlenDronach and GlenAllachie to Brown-Forman for a healthy sum, meaning he was not only on the lookout for a new distillery to play with, but also one that had plenty of stock maturing in warehouses to create new expressions. Launched in 2018, GlenAllachie’s name is taking – for the first time in its history – pride and place on the front of its bottles.
- Single Malt