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Speyside distillery. Glenallachie is launching its oldest core-range bottling yet: The GlenAllachie 30 year old Cask Strength Batch 1 Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
The new addition to the flagship-range is the first in a series of annual small-batch releases, with only 2,000 bottles available worldwide.
Batch 1 is a marriage of vintage whiskies from nine casks handpicked by Master Distiller, Billy Walker, from stocks spanning more than 50,000 casks across 16 warehouses at GlenAllachie.
The whisky is bottled at cask strength of 48.9% ABV, non chill filtered and natural colour. Billy Walker personally selected a combination of 1989 and 1990 vintages matured in former Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso hogsheads and puncheons along with a small quantity of Chinquapin Virgin Oak casks.
The result is said to be an exceptional whisky that delivers bold sherry-matured sophistication with notes of mocha, ripe figs and dark chocolate, coupled with classic GlenAllachie honeyed charm.
Walker, who will next year reach his 50th year in the industry, 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.”
The GlenAllachie 30-year-old Cask Strength Batch 1 is available from specialist retailers globally, with a UK RRSP of £475.