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.
Glenallachie Whisky Reviews:
- Glenallachie 16 Years Old 1995 – Old Malt Cask ~50% (Douglas Laing) - Glenallachie 16 Years Old 1995 – Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 50% ABV, £60 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: A 16 year old Glenallachie from the award-winning Old Malt Cask range from Douglas Laing. This was distilled in May of 1995, aged in a refill hogshead and bottled in December of 2011 at […]
- Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice ~ 46% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Review: Glenallachie 1999 Connoisseurs Choice (Bottled 2013) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glenallachie Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Connoisseurs Choice ABV: 46% Cost: £33.12 from Master of Malt What they say: Gordon & MacPhail, one of the world’s leading single malt whisky specialists, has selected a special series of whiskies to showcase the company’s […]
- Glenallachie Distillery Edition ~ 40% (Pernod Ricard) - Whisky Review: Glenallachie Distillery Edition Category: Speyside single malt Scotch Whisky Origin: Glenallachie Distillery Bottling: Pernod Ricard, Chivas Brothers ABV: 40% Cost: £29.95 buy from Master of Malt What they say: The Glenallachie Distillery Edition gives some of the spotlight on its label to the Ben Rinnes mountain. Sitting at the foot of the mountain, […]