Embodiment of distillery’s spirit

New release from GlenAllachie has the malt’s ‘DNA’

Billy Walker GlenAllachie
Master distiller Billy Walker said he had been working on the new malt since October 2017.


THE new addition to The GlenAllachie Distillery’s core range of single malt whiskies has been billed as the perfect representation of the producer.

That’s in the words of master distiller, Billy Walker, who headed a consortium which purchased the Speyside distillery just under two years ago.

Two different types of sherry casks, Pedro Ximenez (PX) and Oloroso puncheons and hogsheads, were used during the maturation of The GlenAllachie 15 year old in a bid to enhance the signature butterscotch and chocolate notes within the distillery’s spirit.

Walker said: “I’ve been working on our 15 year old release since we acquired GlenAllachie back in October 2017.

“In that time I’ve been intimately following the development of the various casks and I believe the 15 year old is the perfect balance of the distillery and cask influence.

“I chose PX and Oloroso puncheons and hogsheads to deliver complete depth and finish. This whisky is rich in sweet spices, raisins and butterscotch, with waves of banana, orange peel and dark chocolate.

“The extra years spent maturing in the sherry wood casks extends the flavour further.

“I’m delighted to add this to our core range, it absolutely represents the DNA and personality of The GlenAllachie now and going forward.”

Bottled at 46% ABV, the new release joins the distillery’s 10 year old Cask Strength; 12 year old; 18 year old; and 25 year old in the core range, which was launched last year.

The 15 year old follows the launch of The GlenAllachie’s three-strong Wood Finish range in July.