We’re always happy to share with you news of exciting new whiskies coming soon to our virtual shelves, so get ready to be happy: the Spring release single casks from the distillery formerly known as Glenallachie will be arriving imminently!
There’s four of them, all single casks at ages between 11 and 31 years old. These single cask releases are a chance for GlenAllachie boss Billy Walker to showcase some of the more interesting cask experiments he’s been getting up to, and are generally more esoteric than the core range.
GlenAllachie 2009 11-year-old Cask #5000 Grattamacco Barrique: A very interesting one, this is a 2009 vintage GlenAllachie that received a secondary maturation in a small French oak barrique barrel (Cask #5000) sourced from the Grattamacco winery in Bolgheri, Tuscany. Grattamacco make a SuperTuscan red wine from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese grapes, so this is a cut above your normal red wine finish. Bottled in Feb 2021 at cask strength 58.3%.
GlenAllachie 2007 13-year-old Cask #6871 Virgin Oak: A single cask from the 2007 vintage finished in a Virgin Oak barrel, this 13-year-old GlenAllachie has picked up a healthy colour and oodles of sweet spiciness from the virgin oak cask, and is bottled at a hearty 59.2%.
GlenAllachie 2005 15-year-old Cask #901042 Sherry Butt: Experimentation is great, but sometimes the old ways work best! We reckon this could be the most popular of the new releases - a 15-year-old Glenallachie 2005 from a top quality sherry butt, loaded with rich chocolate and nutty flavours and bottled at a whopping 63%.
GlenAllachie 1989 31-year-old Cask #4011 Rioja Barrique: The daddy of this Spring release is this GlenAllachie 1989, finished in a Rioja red wine barrique - it’s worth remembering that barriques are smaller than butts or puncheons, at 225 litres they’re closer in size to a hogshead. That means you get even more wood interaction than you would from those bigger casks. This barrique yielded 304 bottles at 49.1%.
Stock of all these lovely GlenAllachie single cask vintages will be quite limited, and we’ll be putting them on general sale - so you’ll have to be quick if you want to grab one. Best advice is to follow us on Facebook or join our mailing list to stay in the loop as we’ll be announcing their arrival through those channels first.