GlenAllachie adds 10-year-old to Cask Strength series
Speyside distillery GlenAllachie is celebrating two years since coming under new ownership with the launch of Batch 3 of its Cask Strength series, plus five new single cask bottlings.
Batch 3 of GlenAllachie’s Cask Strength series is a 10-year-old single malt that was matured in first- and second-fill Bourbon barrels, a PX puncheon, an oloroso hogshead and virgin oak casks.
Bottled at 58.2% ABV, the whisky was chosen by master distiller Billy Walker, who took over the distillery with Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson on 3 October 2017.
A total of 3,500 cases of Batch 3 will be made available globally, priced at £58.99 (US$72) per bottle. The whisky is said to have notes of dark chocolate, heather honey, sweet spices and orange peel.
Furthermore, GlenAllachie has released five single cask, single malts exclusively in the UK. The range comprises a 10-year-old matured in a Marsala hogshead (57.4% ABV, RRP £85/ US$105); a 12-year-old aged in a Madeira hogshead (60.8% ABV, RRP £95/ US$117); a 13-year-old from a PX hogshead (60.1% ABV, RRP £100/ US$123); a 15-year-old aged in an oloroso puncheon (56.7% ABV, RRP £110/ US$135); and an 18-year-old matured in a PX puncheon (55.1% ABV, RRP £135/ US$166).
Walker said: “A lot has happened and changed since we took over exactly two years ago – from opening our new visitor centre to winning the Scottish Whisky Distillery of the Year award last month.
“One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is our dedication to selecting the finest casks from the stocks we’re fortunate to have in our warehouses and using our passion for wood management to bring whisky fans truly exceptional releases.
“Batch 3 of our Cask Strength series, and the new collection of five single casks, are wonderful examples of the exceptional whisky that can be found among our 50,000 casks.”
This year has seen numerous milestones for the company, including opening The GlenAllachie visitor centre and shop in May – the first time visitors have been welcomed on site since the distillery was built in 1967.
The team has also grown over the last two years from seven employees to 22, including the recent addition of Ronan Currie to the sales team.