In October 2017, Billy Walker, Trisha Savage and Graham Stevenson came together to purchase the GlenAllachie Distillery. With over 100 years’ experience between them, many would have expected our three veterans to retire. Before they acquired GlenAllachie, the whisky was predominantly used in blended whiskies. So it’s no surprise that you probably haven’t heard of them. They want to introduce GlenAllachie to the world as the exceptional single malt that it is. The name GlenAllachie derives from the Gaelic, Gleann Aileachaidh meaning ‘Valley of the Rocks’. The geology surrounding the distillery is dominated by Celtic runes and Pictish stones, and is the reason for the craftsmanship behind our unique branding.
In this era of mergers and consolidations GlenAllachie go against the grain; they are an independent, Scottish owned and managed whisky company. They chose to step away from the corporate treadmill and short-term targets. Instead, they focus on the important things; making great whisky and enjoying life.
As soon as they received the keys to GlenAllachie, Master Distiller Billy Walker set to work putting his fingerprint on this whisky; Scottish barley, 120 hour fermentation, slow distillation. As a blender for over 40 years, the warehouses are where Billy really does comes in to his own. Working across 16 warehouses with casks dating back to the 1970’s, Billy has selected a limited number of casks to be released as GlenAllachie 18 Year Old. The signature of GlenAllachie is a rich, robust spirit in harmony with the heather and butterscotch notes.
This whisky has a burnished bronze colour. The aromas include fresh vanilla, toffee, butterscotch and spices. On the palate flavours of raisins, marzipan, heather and honey are to the fore, with rich notes of dark cherries, spices and subtle hints of dark chocolate.