Wednesday, November 07, 2018


The GlenAllachie Distillery, which is celebrating its first birthday, has today announced the launch of a new range peated blended malt Scotch whiskies.

MacNair’s Lum Reek NAS (46% ABV) Matured in first fill Bourbon, Oloroso, Virgin Oak and Red Wine casks. MacNair’s Lum Reek 12 Year Old (46% ABV) Matured in first fill Bourbon, Oloroso, Virgin Oak and Red Wine casks. MacNair’s Lum Reek 21 Year Old (46% ABV) Matured in Oloroso, Virgin Oak and Red Wine casks.
MacNair's Lum Reek - Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies

The MacNair’s Lum Reek range, which have been described as a range of peated blended malt Scotch whiskies that revive a traditional brand with contemporary twist, have been produced using a combination of peated Islay and peated Speyside malt, blended together with older GlenAllachie whisky by Master Distiller Billy Walker.

The new Lum Reek whiskies, are inspired by the famous Scottish toast ‘lang may yer lum reek’, which literally means ‘long may your chimney smoke’ and is used to wish someone a long life and prosperity. The whiskies are also inspired by the creative spirit of Glaswegian expert distiller and blender, Harvey MacNair who founded the original company in 1837.

The release celebrates a busy and successful first 12 months at GlenAllachie, for Billy Walker and his business partners Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage who bought the distillery in October 2017, in a deal which also included the MacNair’s and White Heather blends.

In February, the distillery unveiled its first release, a batch of six single cask bottlings. This was followed by a special bottling for the Speyside Whisky Festival in May, and the launch in July of the flagship GlenAllachie single malt range.

Commenting on the news, Billy Walker, said: “It’s been an amazing year and journey so far and we wanted to mark the anniversary with something truly special. With the MacNair’s range, we’ve re-created the peated whiskies of 100 years ago for the modern-day palette. I’m a passionate believer in the qualities of Blended Malt Scotch whisky; if you have high quality component whiskies, as we fortunately do, and combine them with a first-class wood management policy and a creative spirit, you can produce a dram to rival the very best single malts.”

MacNair’s Lum Reek NAS, 12 Year Old and 21 Year Old expressions, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for the respective RRP’s of £41,99, £49,99 and £125,00.

Posted by Steve Rush