Glenallachie Distillery was built in 1968 and for the next 50 years remained rather unknown Speyside distillery supplying malt whisky for Pernod Ricard blends.
Things changed in the summer of 2017 when Billy Walker (of BenRiach and GlenDronach fame) along with his two partners acquired it. Glenallachie is equipped with two pars of stills and is capable of producing 4 million liters of spirit per annum. Mr. Walker is going to use about 20% of its capacity at least for now and about a quarter of new make will be distilled from peated malt. In the spring of 2018, to commemorate the distillery 50th Anniversary, the owners launched six single cask expressions ranging from 1978 to 1991 and bottled at natural strength. Here we have whisky from ex-sherry butt no. 986 filled on May 19, 1989; the cask produced 428 bottles.
Nose: pretty complex, raisins, blackberries, apples, plums, smoked ham, roasted chestnuts, drop of balsamic vinaigrette, hints of leather and sherried oak.
Palate: strong sherry statement, black cherries, blueberries, prunes, orange peel, licorice, milk chocolate, coffee and faint hint of sulphur.
Finish: long, with notes of dried fruits, milk chocolate, licorice and sherried oak.