Whisky Focus - The GlenAllachie Picks Up 50th Award Under New Owners

The GlenAllachie Picks Up 50th Award Under New Owners

10th September 2020
The GlenAllachie scoops it 50th whisky award since being taken over by the Billy Walker lead consortium in 2017.

The GlenAllachie International Spirits Challenge 2020 Gold Awards

The GlenAllachie Distillers Company Limited which produces The GlenAllachie Speyside single malt whisky and the peaty MacNair's Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky range has just taken its total number of awards for the whiskies it has turned out to 50 since being taken over in October 2017 by a three person consortium lead by the former BenRiach Distillery Company managing director Billy Walker.

The Billy Walker lead consortium didn't actually launch their core GlenAllachie Speyside single malt core range until July 2018 this was followed later that year by the re-launch of the peaty MacNair's Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky range so 50 whisky awards is quite an impressive haul of whisky awards to have picked up in such a short period of time.

Their latest accolades which takes their tally of awards to 50 comes from the International Spirits Challenge (ISC), the competition receives more than 1,700 entries from nearly 70 countries and awards are given to spirits based on a thorough blind tasting from a panel of specialist judges. At this years ISC awards they scooped a prestigious Double Gold and five Golds.

Two of the five Gold's were awarded to the MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 12 Year Old and MacNair's Lum Reek Peated 21 Year Old of the MacNair's Lum Reek Blended Malt Scotch Whisky range. The Golds come just a few months after MacNair's Lum Reek 21 year old was awarded the World’s Best Blended Malt at the World Whiskies Awards.

The three other Golds went to The Glenallachie 12 Year Old, Glenallachie 15 Year Old and Glenallachie 25 Year Old.

The Glenallachie 18 Year Old was awarded a Double Gold Tasting Award in the Scotch Whisky category. The Double Gold medal was introduced by the ISC last year to highlight exceptional spirits across the ISC Tasting Award categories.

The 18 year old, which has rich notes of dark cherries, spices and subtle hints of dark chocolate, has previously won several awards, including a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and a Gold at the Scottish Whisky Awards in 2019.

Earlier this year, Billy Walker won the prestigious Icons of Whisky Master Distiller/Blender of the Year Award, while in 2019 we were voted Scottish Distillery of the Year at the inaugural Scottish Whisky Awards.

Commenting on the latest award wins, Walker said: "Winning any kind of award is a proud moment, but to be awarded a Double Gold and five Golds at the ISC is fantastic news. Not only that, this takes us to 50 awards since acquiring the distillery back in 2017.

"Our core range is very close to my heart and I’m particularly proud of the 18 year old which has won the recognition of so many whisky enthusiasts and judges around the world. It doesn’t seem that long ago since we started this new chapter in the life of The GlenAllachie Distillery, so it’s been incredibly rewarding to see our spirit being recognised consistently at awards events like this."

You will find the latest Glenallachie and MacNair's whisky ranges available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

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