Glenallachie distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lightness is a characteristic of most of the 1960s distilleries and Glenallachie is no exception. A malty undertone adds some textural quality to the palate while delicate fruits rise above. 

  • Region
    Speyside
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working

Glenallachie History

One of the results of the US-fuelled 1960s whisky boom, Glenallachie was built in 1967 by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries’ distilling subsidiary, Mackinlays. It is notable for being one of the distilleries designed by William Delmé-Evans who was also behind Macduff, Tullibardine and Jura.

In 1985, Mackinlays became part of own-label specialist Invergordon Distillers which flipped Glenallachie to Campbell Distillers/Pernod Ricard four years later, during most of which it had been mothballed.

It is only very rarely seen as a single malt bottling – most notably as part of Chivas Brothers’ Cask Strength series.

Timeline

  • 1967 Glenallachie is built by Mackinlays
  • 1985 Mackinlays becomes part of Invergordon Distillers
  • 1989 Glenallachie is purchased by Campbell Distillers (later part of Pernod Ricard)
  • 2005 The first, and only, official Glenallachie bottling is a 16-year-old cask strength

Glenallachie Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
    3.9
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube
  • Fermentation Time i
    48hrs
  • Filling Strength i
    63.5%
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    9.4
  • Heat Source i
    Wash - internal steam pans/radiators,. Spirit - internal steam coils
  • Malt Specification i
    Unpeated
  • Malt Supplier i
    Various. Main varieties are Propino, Optic, Oxbridge and Concerto
  • Mash Tun Material i
    Stainless Steel
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Semi Lauter
  • New-make Strength i
    67-70%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    15,000
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Ogee
  • Stills i
    2 pairs
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    21,500
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Lamp glass
  • Washback Type i
    Lined with stainless steel
  • Washbacks i
    6
  • Water Source i
    Ben Rinnes Springs
  • Wort Clarity i
    Moderately clear
  • Yeast Type i
    Kerry Cream

Owners

Parent company

Current owner

Previous owners

Contact

Address
Glenallachie Distillery
Glenallachie
Moray
AB38 9LR
United Kingdom
Phone
+44 1340 871315
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

  • Aberlour Aberlour Aberlour Distillery & brand

    Aberlour

    Part of Chivas Brothers' portfolio, Aberlour is best known for its cult expression, A'Bunadh.

  • Braeval Braeval Braeval Distillery & brand

    Braeval

    The joint highest Scottish distillery.

  • Glen Keith Glen Keith Glen Keith Distillery & brand

    Glen Keith

    Experimental site with a fruity whisky.

  • The Glenlivet The Glenlivet The Glenlivet Distillery & brand

    The Glenlivet

    Globally popular Speyside single malt.

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