Glenallachie Speyside Whisky Distillery
Completed in 1968 by Mackinlay, McPherson & Co (a subsidiary of Scottish & Newcastle Breweries) Glenallachie is one of Scotland’s newer distilleries. Located in Aberlour, Speyside the distillery was designed by William Evans who at one time was the managing director of Isle of Jura.
The distillery was equipped with two wash stills and two spirit stills and used water from the Ben Rinnes Springs. The distillery was subsequently sold to Invergordon Distillers in 1985 but for some reason it was closed by them shortly thereafter in 1987. Two years later the distillery was purchased by Campbell Distillers (parent company Pernod Richard) who restarted production. Their intention at this time was to provide good quality single malt whisky for their many blended scotch whisky’s, viz. 100 Pipers, Passport and Queen Anne.
This distillery has made great efforts to become environmentally friendly and has installed a membrane bioreactor to deal with waste water which can now be discharged from the distillery directly into the Lour Burn.
Official bottling from this distillery are rare as almost all the production of 2,800,000 litres per year is used for blending. A small quantity of 12 year old single malt whisky was released in the 1980’s. Recent bottlings mainly only available at the distillery have been heavily sherried. The Glenallachie 35 Year Old/ Sherry Cask is probably the best having scored very highly.
Taste: Smooth, Sherried with hint of fruit and organics.