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GlenAllachie Unveils 15 Year Old Single Malt Aged In Ex-Sherry Casks

Speyside distiller GlenAllachie is rolling out a new 15-year-old single malt aged in Pedro Ximenex and Oloroso barrels. It joins the distillery’s existing 10-, 12-, 18- and 25-year-old expressions.

GlenAllachie master distiller Billy Walker describes the new expression as “the perfect representation of the distillery’s DNA” in a prepared statement. Walker says he’s been working on the 15-year-old whisky since October 2017, when he and the co-owners of the distillery, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, acquired it from Pernod Ricard.

“In that time I’ve been intimately following the development of the various casks and I believe the 15 year old is the perfect balance of distillery and cask influence,” said Walker. “This whisky is rich in sweet spices, raisins and butterscotch, with waves of banana, orange peel and dark chocolate. The extra years the whisky spent maturing in the sherry wood casks extends the flavour further.”

GlenAllachie 15 Year Old
GlenAllachie 15 Year Old (image via Glenallachie Distillery)

It’s been a busy time for GlenAllachie, as the distillery unveiled its Wood Finish range in July, several months after the May opening of a visitor center—marking the first time since the distillery’s opening in 1967 that it has been open to visitors.

Before Walker and his co-owners acquired the distillery, it was producing whisky to go into Chivas Brothers blends. Since then, Walker has won a number of awards, including gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for the 12-year-old single malt and a double gold for the 21-year-old MacNair’s Lum Reek, a blended expression combining GlenAllachie with peated Islay and Speyside malts.

The 15-year-old is bottled at 46% ABV and is available now in UK and international markets at a suggested retail price of £62.99, or $77. You’ll find some official tasting notes for it below.

  • Color: Sunset bronze
  • Nose: Overflowing with raisins, butterscotch and sweet spices.
  • Taste: The rainbow of sweet spices, raisins and butterscotch develops to banana, orange peel and dark chocolate.

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Katelyn Best

Katelyn is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon. She's a regular contributor to the Whiskey Wash with an affinity for the unique and weird side of whiskey.

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