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The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old Batch 1

21st May 2021
GlenAllachie release the first batch of an ongoing 30 year old expression which rather uniquely for a core range expression of this age has been bottled at cask strength.

The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old Batch 1The GlenAllachie distillery has launched Batch 1 of its oldest ongoing core range expression to date, The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old.

The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old is the first in a series of annual small-batch releases at this age, which launches with only 2,000 bottles available worldwide in this first batch.

This first instalment of the 30 year old is a marriage of nine casks selected by Master Distiller Billy Walker, a combination of 1989 and 1990 vintages matured in former Pedro Ximťnez and Oloroso hogsheads and puncheons, along with a small quantity of Chinquapin Virgin Oak casks.

Rather uniquely for a core range whisky of this age Walker has chosen to bottle the 30 year old sherry rich dram at cask strength, which for this first batch is what should be a rather flavoursome 48.9% ABV, non chill filtered and naturally coloured, the whisky is said to deliver bold sherry-matured sophistication; notes of indulgent mocha, ripe figs and dark chocolate, coupled with classic GlenAllachie honeyed charm.

Commenting on the release, Walker, who next year reaches his 50th year in the industry, said: "When I first explored the warehouses here back in 2017, I was blown away by the quality I discovered. I immediately set out earmarking casks and planning a series of incredibly special releases.

"I always had an ambition to create a memorable 30-year-old expression, presented at natural cask strength, that would truly blow away whisky connoisseurs across the globe. Itís a small-batch single malt that undoubtedly captures everything Iíve learned along the way in my career, and thus is a bottling Iím particularly proud to release."

The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old Batch 1 has a RRP of £475 and will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

The GlenAllachie 30 Year Old Batch 1 Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Fruit cake, raisins and mocha, with honey, cinnamon and coconut.

Taste: Layers of dark chocolate, fruit cake, raisins, honey and figs, with treacle, orange zest and nutmeg.

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