GlenAllachie has added a third batch of whiskies to its Wood Finish range. In April 2020, the Speyside distillery launched the second batch of the limited edition series of single malts, which features Port, rye, and sherry casks.
The third GlenAllachie Wood Finish batch is composed of an 11-year-old Pedro Ximénez Wood Finish, a 12-year-old Ruby Port Wood Finish, and a 13-year-old Madeira Wood Finish. All three whiskies were created by master distiller Billy Walker.
“From the very outset of my days at GlenAllachie, I aimed to build a deep-rooted understanding of the spirit and how it interfaces with different wood types,” said Walker, who celebrates his 50th year in the industry next year. “This knowledge has allowed for increasing levels of innovation as the months and years have passed. The third batch of Wood Finishes are a fantastic representation of this innovation. We are delighted with the three very special single malts we have created, each bringing its own unique flavour experience.”
All three whiskies are non-chill-filtered and sit at 48% ABV.
The 11-year-old whisky was matured in American oak barrels for more than nine years, followed by an additional period of maturation in seasoned dessert-Sherry puncheons. This resulted in an expression that boasts sweeter and fruitier flavors.
The 12-year-old Ruby Port Wood Finish was matured for more than 10 years in American oak casks, then experienced a second maturation in Port pipes. The Scotch features notes of spicy ginger, damson jam, and grape.
The 13-year-old was stored in American oak barrels, before being transferred into casks that previously held wine from Malvasia grapes. The resulting whisky delivers juicy pineapple, sugared almonds, and stone fruits.
The GlenAllachie Wood Finish range is available from global specialist retailers. The 11-year-old retails for £59.99 ($82 USD); the 12-year-old for £62.99 ($86 USD); and the 13-year-old is available to buy for £67.99 ($93 USD).
For more information, head over to GlenAllachie’s official website.
Last month, the distillery added a 14-year-old Oloroso to its Wood Finish series. The limited-edition whisky was created exclusively for the United Kingdom.