Hiram Walker’s Glenburgie produced a different style of whisky in Lomond stills.
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Lightness is a characteristic of most of the 1960s distilleries and Glenallachie has been no exception. A malty undertone adds some textural quality to the palate while delicate fruits rise above. Under the new ownership of the GlenAllachie Distillery Company however fermentation times have been lengethened, lending the spirit a fruitier, and more muscular quality. Peated runs now account for 20% of production, although peated GlenAllachie won't appear on shelves for a number of years yet.
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 has only very rarely been seen as a single malt bottling – most notably as part of Chivas Brothers’ Cask Strength series.
In July 2017, it was announced that Chivas Brothers had agreed to sell Glenallachie to The GlenAllachie Distillers Company, operated by former BenRiach MD Billy Walker, ex-Inver House Distillers MD Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage. A capital ‘A’ was added to the distillery name, in keeping with the changes Walker made to BenRiach and GlenDronach under his stewardship.
The new owners are in the process of relaunching GlenAllachie as a distillery known for its ‘big’, fruity malt whisky. Six single cask bottlings were released in April 2018, with GlenAllachie’s first core range of single malts set for launch in June 2018.
- 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
- 2017 Chivas announces sale of Glenallachie to consortium led by ex-BenRiach MD Billy Walker
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- Wash - internal steam pans/radiators,. Spirit - internal steam coils
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- 20% peated malt
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- Various. Main varieties are Propino, Optic, Oxbridge and Concerto
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- Stainless Steel
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- Semi Lauter
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- 2 pairs
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- Lamp glass
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- Lined with stainless steel
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- Ben Rinnes Springs
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- Moderately clear
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- Kerry Cream
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- Not open to the public
An experimental peated Speyside malt produced at Glen Keith distillery on Speyside in the 1970s.
Single malt whisky produced on Lomond stills at Miltonduff distillery, near Elgin.
A core standard blend in the Chivas Brother’s portfolio, especially popular in Asia.