The stately 18-year-old expression from Billy Walker's GlenAllachie distillery.
Nose: Fresh vanilla, toffee, butterscotch and spices.
Taste: Raisins, marzipan, heather and honey, with rich notes of dark cherries, spices and subtle hints of dark chocolate.
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. The core-range 12 and 18-year-olds are joined by a 10-year-old cask strength, which is released in batches. Old-school style whiskies that are driven by their spirit, rather than their casks, there’s plenty of cereal across the range and the complexity is revealed with the patience of the drinker.
- Single Malt