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The GlenAllachie Distiller’s Company has revealed wo new products for its core ranges: The GlenAllachie 8-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and White Heather 15-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky.
Both products have been created by industry stalwart Billy Walker, renowned for his exceptional wood management and blending skills. This year, Walker celebrates his 50th year in Scotch whisky.
The GlenAllachie 8-year-old marries spirit aged in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry puncheons, along with virgin oak casks and red wine barriques, each selected by Walker. The malt is said to offer up the brand’s classic heather honey character with rich notes of stem ginger, mint chocolate and chewy raisins.
The new 8-year-old will be an ongoing, accessibly priced offering with a RRP of £42.50.
White Heather 15-year-old, meanwhile, is a Blended Scotch containing both peated and unpeated malts from Speyside, Islay and the Northern Highlands along with carefully selected grain whiskies.
The White Heather brand has allowed Billy Walker to return to his roots in the Scotch whisky industry when he earner his stripes as a blender. To create the new 15-year-old, the whisky underwent a complex dual maturation system, beginning its life in sherry butts and American oak barrels before being blended by Walker and re-racked into Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso Sherry puncheons as well as American virgin oak casks for an additional three years.
With a high malt content of 47%, the new expression joines White Heather 21-year-old to form a core range of the premium Blended Scotch brand.
Both whiskies are proudly presented at their natural colour, non chill filtered and at a high strength of 46% abv for maximum flavour.
Commenting on the new products, Walker said:
“From the outset, it has been my aim to release quality whiskies at fair and accessible price points. This can be a significant challenge when you also choose to deploy an extensive and costly wood management policy, however, I believe The GlenAllachie 8-year-old fits the bill without any compromises or corner-cutting.
“In terms of White Heather, this has been a real passion project for me. It takes me back to my first forays in the industry and allows me to select and blend whiskies from across Scotland in order to achieve the intended flavour profile. I hold a strong belief that interest in the Premium Blend category is growing, and we very much want to be at the forefront of it with White Heather.”
Both The GlenAllachie 8-year-old and White Heather 15-year-old are available through global specialist retailers with UK RRPs of £42.50 and £59.99 respectively.
For more information on The GlenAllachie visit here.