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The GlenAllachie Launch Wine Cask Finish Series


18th May 2021
The GlenAllachie launch a new limited edition Wine Cask Finish series with three new single malts, these will be joined by further expressions in the coming years.

The GlenAllachie Launch Wine Cask Finish Range

The GlenAllachie has launched the first instalment of a new Wine Cask Finish Series, the creative work of award-winning Master Distiller, Billy Walker, the series launches with three single malts, each having being finished in different types of wine cask.

For the new series Walker carefully selected premium barriques formerly used to age fine wines across France, Italy, and Spain to create three expressions to kick off the limited edition range:

All three of the new whiskies were initially matured in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels, the whisky was transferred into the wine casks chosen by Billy Walker where they underwent almost two years of additional maturation under Walkerís close supervision within The GlenAllachieís on-site warehouses. As well as the terroir of the wine, factors such as the oak species, the cooperage and level of toasting were all considered in the cask selection process. Each of these aspects ultimately influence the characteristics of the resulting whisky.

Reflecting on the new series, Billy Walker commented:

"We are delighted to be launching our Wine Cask Series with a trio of really interesting expressions. Cask-finishing is perhaps the most exciting part of wood management because it allows an extra layer of complexity to be added to the whisky, whilst ensuring that the distillery character is not overpowered by the influence of the Oak.

"Selecting and working with these wine barriques was a labour of love, and Iím delighted with the variety we have achieved in these three bottlings: the Grattamacco delivers a nutty, stone fruit character, the Sauternes reveals an elegant grapefruit and elderflower tone, and the Rioja overflows with red berry sophistication."

The new Wine Cask Series follows recent innovative releases from The GlenAllachie including the Virgin Oak Series released in October 2020, which showcased three whiskies finished in unique oak types: Chinquapin, Spanish and French Virgin Oak.

The three inaugural whiskies in the new Wine Cask series will be available in limited quantities, with around 6,000 bottles per release, all are presented at 48% ABV, without added colouring or chill filtration.

The GlenAllachie Wine Cask Series will be available from specialist retailers with further expressions in the pipeline to join the range in the coming years. You will find the GlenAllachie Wine Cask Finish Series whiskies available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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