Glenallachie Wood Finishes: The Speyside distillery launched a new series of whisky

Koval Rye, Pedro Ximenez or Port - what kind of finish would you prefer?


Since the Glenallachie Distillery was bought by Billy Walker, Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson in 2017, a lot has changed there. In July 2018, a new core range of Glenallachie Single Malt, a 10-, a 12-, an 18-, and a 25-year old, was launched and quickly established itself on the market. In addition, limited Glenallachie Single Cask bottlings were released that represent the treasures that are stored in the distillery’s warehouses in the heart of the Speyside.

Now Glenallachie launched the new Wood Finish Series: For these single malts, all bottled uncolored, un-chillfiltered and at 48% ABV, Billy Walker took whisky that had been matured in American oak and put it into special, well-chosen casks for another 1,5 – 2 years to achieve a different aromatic character.

Glenallachie 8 Year Old Koval Rye Quarter Cask Finish

Matured for more than 6 years in American Oak, then finished in Quarter Casks, which previously contained Rye Whiskey from the American Koval Distillery. The intensive wood contact in the small casks influenced the whisky intensively and supplied it with spicy aromas.

Colour – Rich Gold.
Nose – Full on rich spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, with waves of honey and butterscotch.
Taste – Intense sweet spices enriched with honey, butterscotch, cooking apples and cloves.

Glenallachie 10 Year Old Ruby Port Pipe Finish

Matured for more than 8 years in American Oak, then finished in Ruby Port Pipes. The result is a whisky with a wonderful ruby red color, complex fruit flavors and special aromatic depth.

Colour – Red Ruby.
Nose – Waves of heather honey and sweet spice, laced with rose hip and dark chocolate.
Taste – A flood of heather honey, butterscotch and treacle, with damson, rose hip and dark chocolate.

Glenallachie 12 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Finish

Matured for more than 10 years in American Oak, then finished in PX sherry casks. In these puncheons, the Glenallachie whisky got intense and sweet aromas.

Colour – Rich Mahogany.
Nose – A storm of raisins, sultanas, dark chocolate, bananas and orange peel.
Taste – Brimming with fruit cake, dark chocolate, toffee, bananas, orange peel and sweet spices.

Images: Glenallachie via Kirsch Whisky