The GlenAllachie Distillery, which won World’s Best Single Malt (World Whiskies Awards, 2021), launches three single malts which form Batch 3 of its coveted Wood Finish range. Each whisky was curated by distinguished Master Distiller Billy Walker, who next year celebrates his 50th year in the industry. Walker is renowned for his unparalleled approach to wood management, seeking out the world’s finest casks and carefully monitoring the spirit development within each cask housed at the distillery’s 16 on-site warehouses.
“From the very outset of my days at GlenAllachie, I aimed to build a deep-rooted understanding of the spirit and how it interfaces with different wood types. This knowledge has allowed for increasing levels of innovation as the months and years have passed.
“The third batch of Wood Finishes are a fantastic representation of this innovation. We are delighted with the three very special single malts we have created, each bringing its own unique flavour experience.” - Master Distiller Billy Walker
After over ten years in American oak, the 12-year-old Ruby Port Wood Finish enjoyed secondary maturation in pipe casks which were previously used to age young, vibrant fortified wine from Portugal. As well as bestowing a vibrant ruby red colour on the spirit, the wood has added a depth of spicy ginger, damson jam and grape must.
Color: Ruby Blush.
Nose: Lashings of heather honey, grape must, treacle, bananas and ginger.
Taste: Heather honey, toffee, damsons and grape must, fused with orange peel and ginger.