The GlenAllachie Distillery Launches Three Wood Finish Whiskies

By Allyson Nichols / October 17, 2021

The GlenAllachie Distillery in Scotland recently launched three new single malt bottlings to add to its Wood Finish range.

The new limited release Speyside Scotch whiskies include an 11-year-old Pedro Ximénez Wood Finish (48% ABV), a 12-year-old Ruby Port Wood Finish (48% ABV) and a 13-year-old Madeira Wood Finish (48% ABV). Each is presented at natural color and non chill filtered.

The 11-year-old Pedro Ximénez Wood Finish ( £59.99, $81.26) was initially matured in American oak barrels for over nine years. The additional period of maturation in richly seasoned dessert sherry puncheons results in a sweeter, fruitier flavor experience, according to official tasting notes.

The GlenAllachie Wood Finishes Batch 3

The GlenAllachie Wood Finishes Batch 3 (image via The GlenAllachie)

The 12-year-old Ruby Port Wood Finish (£62.99, $85.32) spent over ten years in American oak casks, before spending secondary maturation in pipe casks which were previously used to age fortified wine from Portugal. The wood has added a depth of spicy ginger, damson jam and grape must.

The 13-year-old Madeira Wood Finish (£67.99, $92.09 USD) was re-racked from American oak barrels into casks that previously held wine made from Malvasia grapes and contains tons of juicy pineapple, sugared almonds and stone fruits.

Each whisky was curated by Master Distiller Billy Walker, renowned for his approach to wood management and seeking out the world’s finest casks, carefully monitoring the spirit development within each cask housed at the distillery’s 16 on-site warehouses.

“From the very outset of my days at GlenAllachie, I aimed to build a deep-rooted understanding of the spirit and how it interfaces with different wood types. This knowledge has allowed for increasing levels of innovation as the months and years have passed,” Walker said in a prepared statement. “The third batch of Wood Finishes are a fantastic representation of this innovation. We are delighted with the three very special single malts we have created, each bringing its own unique flavor experience.”

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Batch 3 of The GlenAllachie Wood Finish range is available from global specialist retailers.