Speyside distillery GlenAllachie adds 30-year-old single malt whisky to core range
By Asiaeuro Wines & Spirits May 31, 2021

Fresh from winning the World’s Best Single Malt award (World Whiskies Awards, 2021), the GlenAllachie Distillery launches its oldest and most prestigious core offering yet: the GlenAllachie 30-year-old Cask Strength Batch 1 Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Joining GlenAllachie’s multi award-winning flagship range, Batch 1 of the brand-new whisky is the first in a series of annual small-batch releases at this age.

This first instalment is a marriage of vintage whiskies from nine casks hand-picked by acclaimed Master Distiller, Billy Walker, from stocks spanning more than 50,000 casks maturing across 16 on-site warehouses at GlenAllachie.

Master distiller Billy Walker crafted the 30-year-old expression from nine casks.

Walker crafted 2,000 bottles of the 48.9% ABV expression. It was bottled without chill filtering or added colouring.

The nearly 50-year veteran of the industry personally selected a combination of 1989 and 1990 vintages matured in ex-Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry barrels, as well as Chinquapin Virgin Oak casks. The result is an exceptional whisky.

On the nose, the GlenAllachie 30-year-old has notes of fruit cake, raisins and mocha, along with honey, cinnamon and coconut. The palate offers layers of dark chocolate, raisins, honey and figs, accompanied by treacle, orange zest and nutmeg.

Commenting on the historic release, Walker said: “When I first explored the warehouses here back in 2017, I was blown away by the quality I discovered. I immediately set out earmarking casks and planning a series of incredibly special releases.

“I always had an ambition to create a memorable 30-year-old expression, presented at natural cask strength, that would truly blow away whisky connoisseurs across the globe. It’s a small batch single malt that undoubtedly captures everything I’ve learned along the way in my career, and thus is a bottling I’m particularly proud to release.”

It is available globally from specialist retailers for £475 (US$670) per 70cl bottle.