GlenAllachie debuts its first peated whisky
Master blender Billy Walker has concluded GlenAllachie’s The Past, The Present & Future Series with a four-year-old peated single malt.
The Scotch whisky is said to be the first distillate produced under GlenAllachie Distillers Company’s ownership.
It joins the limited edition series, which was launched this year to mark Walker’s 50-year tenure in the Scotch industry.
Walker said: “It’s beyond exciting to release our very own whisky distilled since we took over this hidden gem of a distillery in 2017.
“I eagerly await the reaction amongst whisky fans to this first glimpse at both our own distillate, and our peated work. The response will unquestionably influence where we take things next.”
The GlenAllachie Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Future Edition 4-Year-Old Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky was matured in former rye and Bourbon barrels, as well as in virgin oak casks.
Described as ‘young and punchy’ by the brand, it is made with mainland peat from St Fergus, Scotland.
It boasts sweet and smoky notes of oak, cinnamon apples and chocolate-covered hazelnuts. The Future Edition remained ‘under careful supervision’ within one of the distillery’s 16 on-site warehouses in Speyside.
Walker added: “The timing of the launch is apt as we celebrate our fifth anniversary of ownership next month. We are so very fortunate to be steering this great distillery into the future. I think the best is yet to come.”
Only 10,000 bottles of the new release are available to buy through global specialist retailers at RRP £80 (US$90.74).
The four-year-old joins the series which currently includes The Past Edition, a 16-year-old Sherry-matured single malt released in May, and The Present Edition, a 16-year-old mizunara virgin oak finish.
In May this year, the distillery released the second batch of its oldest core expression, a 30-year-old single malt Scotch aged in PX, oloroso Sherry and American virgin oak casks.
In 2017, Pernod Ricard sold GlenAllachie Distillery to Billy Walker through its subsidiary Chivas Brothers.