The Glenallachie distillery was built in 1967 by Mackinlay McPherson. It was bought and mothballed by Invergordon Distillers in 1985. They sold it to Campbell Distillers in 1989, who restarted the distillery, and expanded the capacity with two extra stills, bringing the distillery to a two wash- two spirit still configuration. The building of the Glenallachie distillery was designed by S. Lothian Barclay from Lothian, Barclay Jarvis & Boys and Delme Evans It is located at the foot of Ben Rinnes, close to the Lour burn. The grounds has ponds that are fed by the Lour, that provide water for cooling.
The distillery draws its water from sping fed and snow water fed streams on Ben Rinnes. It uses lightly peated malts. The distillery uses a semi-lauter mash tun, and six stainless steel washbacks. It uses two lantern shaped wash stills, and two onion shaped spirit stills for distillation. The distilled spirit is matured in used oak bourbon barrels. Though the malt is mainly used in blends, it produces a 16-year-old cask-strength bottling since 2005, and an 18-year-old bottling since 2008. It is mainly used in the Chivas Brothers Cask Strength Clan Campbell blend, and also in the Legendary and White Heather blended whiskies. The whisky is bottled and sold as a twelve-year-old single malt by Delhaize, and Signatory bottles vintage editions of the whisky.
Sold by Pernod Ricard on 2nd October 2017 to Billy Walker, Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson, who have since launched a standard range and single cask series of releases, similar to those at previously owned distilleries GlenDronach and BenRiach.
Glenallachie Whisky Reviews:
- Glenallachie 16 Years Old 1995 Old Malt Cask (50%, Douglas Laing, Refill HH #7932, 295 Bottles, 2011)