Glenallachie

Being founded in 1967, Glenallachie is one of the younger distilleries in Scotland. It lies in the heart of the Scotisch Speyside.

Information about the Distillery
38 Bottles
Scotland, Speyside
-3.227530 57.455930
Active
Pernod Ricard
2 x 36,368 l
Normal
2 x 23,911 l
Normal
6 x 60,000 l
10 t
1967
3,000,000 l
Average Tasting Notes Calculated from 5 Tasting Notes
Nosing
Fruit
Vanilla
Chocolate
Nuts
Malt
Coffee
Grape
Banana
Raisin
Lime
Tasting
Vanilla
Plum
Fruit
Pinapple
Oak
Spices
Coffee
Apple
Grape
Raisin
Green Apple
Almonds
Alcohol
Sweet
Finish
Fruit
Chocolate
Nuts
Oak
Spices
Coffee
Dark Chocolate
Alcohol
Sweet
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

Despite Glenallachie's high production capacity, sourcing official bottlings of single malt from the distillery is extremely difficult.  This is on account of the fact that Glenallachie was built with the intention of mass-producing single malt for blending. The first true official bottling with 12 years of age did not appear until the 1990s.  Independent bottlings are not much easier to come by, although there have been a smattering across the years.  Gordon & MacPhail have released a 13-year old, while Douglas Laing have performed bottlings of older casks, including a 22 year old and a 38 year old. The vast majority of spirit produced at Glenallachie's site is used in the Chivas Brothers Clan Campbell blend, as well as in the Chivas Regal and House of Lords. 

The Production

Glenallachie boasts an impressive production capacity, standing at 3.2 million liters. As mentioned above, the distillery boasts such a high production capacity due to the fact that the majority of its production is used for blending. The distillery takes advantage of its location by drawing the water used in production from the nearby springs of Ben Rinnes. Another notable facet of Glenallachie's production the use of horizontal tube condensers, as opposed to the standard vertical ones which are used by most distilleries.  

The Glenallachie distillery house.
The distillery of Glenallachie

The Pot Stills

Glenallachie has two wash stills, each with a capacity of 36'300 liters, and two spirit stills, which both have a 23'900 liter capacity.  Both the spirit and wash stills have a large, round shape, with wide spherical lids and gently narrowing necks.

The pot and spirit stills of the Glenallachie distillery.
The pot stills of Glenallachie

Maltings

Glenallachie sources it's maltings from a Chivas-owned industrial source located in Banffshire, close to the distillery's Speyside location in Aberlour. The maltings used in production are unpeated.   

Warehouse

The distillery site boasts fourteen warehouses, twelve of which are racked, with the last two being palettized. The vast majority of the casks used are ex-Bourbon, imported from America, although a few Olorosso casks are also used.

the warehouse of the Glenallachie distillery.
The warehouse of Glenallachie

History

Being founded in 1967, Glenallachie is one of the younger distilleries in Scotland.  Mackinlay McPherson Limited, a subsidiary of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Limited, constructed the distillery between 1967 and 1968. After launching production in 1968, the distillery was bought by the Invergordon Distilleries group in 1985. A mere two years after acquiring the site, Invergordon closed the site. Another two years passed, and in 1989 the distillery was bought by Campbell Distillers, who were owned by the industry giant Pernod Ricard. Pernod added Glenallachie to the "Chivas Regal" section of their portfolio. Before the site re-opened, the new owners invested in a reconstruction and a expansion at the site, increasing the number of stills from two to four, bringing the production capacity up to it's modern-day level.  

The distillery has continued to flourish under Ricard's stewardship, becoming one of the highest-producing distilleries in the region. 2005 saw the release of a Cask Strength Edition from 1989.  Pernod branded the distillery as the home of Clan Campbell Whisky, a branding which still stands today. Although there has been an increase in the amount of single malt being released, Glenallachie very much remains an industrial production orientated distillery.   

Visitor's Centre

There is no visitor's centre at the site and it isn't possible to take private tours.

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