The GlenAllachie Distillery has extended their range of whiskies with the launch of the Speyside-based distillery’s first-ever series of limited edition wood finishes. The range comprises the 8 year old Koval Rye Quarter Cask Wood Finish, the 10 year old Port Wood Finish, and the 12 year old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Wood Finish.
To create the new range of wood finishes, GlenAllachie’s Master Distiller Billy Walker first hand-selected barrels from among the 50,000 casks in the 16 warehouses on site at the distillery for the additional maturation. Casks were sourced from a variety of bodegas and distilleries that shared Walker’s culture of careful wood management and with whom he had established relationship with through his long career in the whisky industry.
GlenAllachie 8 year old Koval Rye Quarter Cask Wood Finish was first matured in American oak wood barrels, this expression underwent an additional maturation period in organice Rye quarter casks from Chicago’s Koval Distillery. The greater liquid-to-wood ratio in the smaller casks means that the rich spicy flavour of the Rye is released more rapidly.
With its distinctive ruby red colour, GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Port Wood Finish was first matured in American oak barrels before being re-racked into vintage Ruby Port wood pipes sourced in North Portugal. The Port wood influence adds flavour, depth and complexity to the whisky, with sweet notes of heather honey, butterscotch and treacle.
GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Pedro Ximénez Sherry Wood Finish is a rich sumptuous whisky with great depth. This whisky mas matured for over ten years in American oak wood barrels before its additional maturation in Pedro Ximenez puncheons. This process enriches the flavour, creating a sweeter, fruitier whisky.