The GlenAllachie Distillery was established in 1967. It was built by W. Delmé Evans for Mackinlay-McPherson Ltd, a wine merchants company that was then already running Isle of Jura and Tullibardine. In 1985, it briefly became the property of the Invergordon Distillery who, however, never started production during its period of ownership. After four years, Invergordon sold the operation to Campbell Distillers, who at that time already belonged to Pernod Ricard. Through this acquisition, the group, which at that time was still small, was able to almost double its capacity. During these years production was mostly for blends, and being a single malt, it was distributed almost exclusively by independent bottlers. The surprise happened in mid-July 2017: Billy Walker (former joint owner of BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh), Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson bought the distillery from Pernod Ricard.
In an age of fusions and consolidations, Billy Walker and his team bucked the trend and gave GlenAllachie its independence back. The acquisition of the GlenAllachie Distillery from Pernod Ricard (the second-largest drinks company worldwide) is unprecedented, and returns the distillery to the status of being a truly independent, 100% Scottish company once again.
At 50 years of age GlenAllachie may not be the oldest distillery in Speyside, but with Billy Walker at the helm, and with an extraordinary range of casks going all the way back to 1970, the future of this distillery looks very exciting.
At present, about 100 casks are being filled every week. These are first filled with a variety of strengths of alcohol (63.5%, 68%, 72%) and then aged in the following proportions: 50% in first fill bourbon barrels, 30% in ex-sherry casks and 20% in a variety of other casks (American/European oak, virgin oak, port, marsala, moscatel, barolo, etc.). They are subsequently stored in one of the 16 warehouses (2 dunnage / 10 racked for barrels / 10 racked for butts / 2 pallets) which GlenAllachie has at its disposal.
GlenAllachie believes that age specifications are still important. This conviction, combined with the ability to make use of an inventory which goes back to the 1970s forms the basis of the Core Range, which is available from July 2018.
All whisky is produced without colourings, without chill filtering and are bottled at 46 % ABV. The details are as follows:
10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 1 / 57.1%
Batch 1 is limited to 12000 bottles worldwide and blends whisky which has been aged in American oak, Pedro Ximenez, oloroso and virgin oak casks.
12 Year Old / 46%
Not limited. The flagship of the series. Pedro Ximenez, oloroso and virgin oak casks.
18 Year Old / 46%
Annual production of 6000 bottles. American oak, Pedro Ximenez and oloroso casks.
25 Year Old / 48%
Annual production of 4000 bottles. American oak, Pedro Ximenez and oloroso casks.
Individual casks and other limited bottlings are planned for the future.