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Glenallachie Distillery, Speyside
Glenallachie Distillery was built in 1967 by by Charles Mackinlay & Co, who operated as part of the Scottish and Newcastle Breweries at the time.
It temporalily ceased production between 1987 and 1989, when it was purchased by Invergordon Distillers, who also owned Isle of Jura.
A new leash of life followed under the ownership of Chivas, that acquired the distillery in 1989. Glenallachie distillery bottlings inculde a 12 Year Old and a 15 Year Old, while the Independent Bottlings comprise Connoisseurs Choice ( by Gordon & MacPhail), Dun Bheagan (by Ian McLeod), Provenance (by Douglas Laing), and Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory Bottling from cask).
The house style is soft, elegant, clean, lightly malty, and with just a whiff of peat. An excellent aperitif.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.