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The GlenAllachie Wood Finish Range


5th July 2019
Billy Walker displays his wood management knowledge and experience with the launch of a new GlenAllachie Wood Finish range.

The GlenAllachie Wood Finish Range

The GlenAllachie Distillery has announced that it is extending its range of whiskies with the launch of its first-ever range of limited edition wood finishes.

The GlenAllachie Wood Finish range comprises the GlenAllachie 8 year old Koval Rye Quarter Cask Wood Finish; the GlenAllachie 10 year old Port Wood Finish; and the GlenAllachie 12 year old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish.

This trio of signature expressions from The GlenAllachie Distillery are Master Distiller, Billy Walker's creative handiwork and are said to highlight his wood management expertise.

The GlenAllachie 8 year old Koval Rye Quarter Cask Wood Finish which has a RRP of £54.99 was first matured in American oak wood barrels and then underwent an additional maturation period in organic Rye quarter casks from Chicagoís 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, the GlenAllachie 10 year old Port Wood Finish which has a RRP of £54.99 was first matured in American oak barrels before being re-racked into vintage Ruby Port wood pipes sourced in North Portugal. GlenAllachie say that the Port wood influence has added flavour, depth and complexity to the whisky, with sweet notes of heather honey, butterscotch and treacle.

The GlenAllachie 12 year old Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish, RRP £58.99, is described as a rich sumptuous whisky with great depth. This whisky was 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.

The GlenAllachie Master Distiller and the new GlenAllachie Wood Finish Range casks.

To create the new range of wood finishes, Walker first hand-selected barrels from among the 50,000 casks in the 16 warehouses on site at the distillery near Aberlour for the additional maturation period. Casks were sourced from a variety of bodegas and distilleries that shared Walkerís culture of careful wood management and with whom he had established relationships with through his long career in the whisky industry.

The length of time spent in each of the special casks varies, with Walker constantly monitoring the whisky to decide when itís ready.

Commenting on the new range, Walker said: "Iím incredibly excited to unveil this new range featuring GlenAllachie's first-ever range of wood finishes. Wood management is something Iím very passionate about and we invest a substantial amount of time and money into sourcing exceptional casks from all around the world. I look for casks that will complement and enhance the GlenAllachie spirit, with the different woods making a greater, or sometimes subtle, influence, and taking us on a journey of new flavours.

"The rich golden Rye Quarter Cask delivers a hit of spice and cloves with classic GlenAllachie characteristics of honey and butterscotch, whereas the ruby red Port Pipe has a sweeter and fruitier flavour, with honey, damson and rose hips. Finally the Pedro Ximenez, deep rich mahogany in colour, delivers what the eye promises; raisins, sultanas, toffee and dark chocolate. With this first release you can see the impact that a quality and carefully chosen cask can have on our whisky, from the amazing array of colours to the intensity of flavours in the final whisky.í"

All three of the whiskies in the GlenAllachie Wood Finish range are naturally coloured, non chill filtered and have been bottled at 48% ABV, the new range is already available from Master of Malt and should soon be available from other specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and The Whisky Shop
 

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