Glenallachie Distillery was built in 1968 and for the next 50 years remained 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. The youngest cask in the range, hogshead no. 100285 filled on Mach 4, 1991, produced 192 bottles at 55% abv.
Nose: fresh and fruity, slightly floral, oranges, nectarines, vanilla, caramel, breakfast cereals, roasted peanuts and hints of oak shavings.
Palate: fruity with spicy tang, oranges, grapefruits, blackberries, butterscotch, caramel, honeyed nuts, white pepper, candied ginger and hints of oak.
Finish: long, with notes of fresh fruit, vanilla, roasted nuts, mixed spice and oak.