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Billy Walker this year celebrates a remarkable 50-years in the Scotch whisky industry by announcing a limited edition series of GlenAllachie single malts.
Walker has spent five decades creating some of the world’s most coveted whiskies. The landmark year sees the release of a celebratory trilogy of Speyside Single Malts; The GlenAllachie Past, Present and Future Series. The whiskies represent key milestones throughout Walker’s career.
The first instalment, The Past Edition, is a fully Sherry matured 16-year-old Single Malt. The bottling represents Walker’s past when he made a name for himself by releasing heavily Sherried expressions, with many Scotch fans believing he played an instrumental role in developing this style category.
Combining nine 2005 vintage Spanish Sherry butts personally selected by Walker, the resulting liquid is said to exude opulence and indulgence with enticing layers of dark chocolate and glazed fig, alongside a banana bread and espresso coffee character.
The limited edition of only 4,000 bottles is proudly presented at a cask strength of 57.1% ABV, natural colour and non chill filtered. UK RRP is £225.
Walker has been at the helm of The GlenAllachie for almost five years, having previously led an illustrious career across numerous brands and companies. His experience includes time with iconic names like Ballantine’s, Deanston, Tobermory, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Glenglassaugh and The GlenAllachie.
Business partner Trisha Savage, who has worked beside Walker for the majority of his career, comments: “Working alongside Billy for 35 years has been a total pleasure. I can honestly say I’ve never come across anyone with his level of drive, dedication and passion for Scotch whisky.
“His focus has always been to achieve ‘perfection’; only using the highest quality of wood and monitoring the spirit every step of the way. Nothing leaves the cask until it’s deemed to be exceptional.
“I would personally like to congratulate Billy on his 50th Anniversary year. You’re a true industry legend, and I was lucky enough to share the journey with you for 35 incredible years.”
Reflecting on his colourful career, Walker added: “I’m incredibly lucky to have been involved in the fascinating Scotch Whisky Industry for 50 long years. What a privilege it has been to have worked alongside some truly amazing people, and indeed to have been involved with some world-leading brands.
“Of course, there are some great memories and I truly pride in many of the achievements which our teams have achieved over the past half-century.
“The latest adventure is The GlenAllachie Distillery, and without question, we are so very fortunate to be steering this great distillery into the future, introducing its whisky to an ardent international audience.”
For more on The GlenAllachie visit the website: https://theglenallachie.com/