Tuesday, March 22, 2022


The GlenAllachie Distillery, has today announced the launch of three new bottlings from its Virgin Oak Series.

The three new releases are comprised of; The GlenAllachie 15 Year Old Scottish Virgin Oak Finish, The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old French Oak Finish and The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Chinquapin Virgin Oak Finish. All of which have been bottled at 48% ABV.

The GlenAllachie launches three new Virgin Oak bottlings

The GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series, is said to showcase the expert cask sourcing and wood management skills of Master Distiller Billy Walker, who this year reaches a staggering half-century as a blender and distiller in the Scotch whisky industry.

Each expression was first matured in American oak ex-Bourbon Barrels. To add a distinctive layer of flavour characteristics, the whisky then underwent a secondary maturation period of approximately 18 months in virgin oak casks.

The marked flavour differences between the three bottlings are led by a variety of factors: the oak species, the local terroir and the period of natural air drying, along with the toasting, charring and coopering of the casks.

Commenting on the launch, Billy Walker, said: “Exploring the interaction of virgin oak with our whisky has become a real passion of mine over the last few years, and I feel it’s something that we are really specialising in. I don’t think it’s a secret that I am devoted to wood management and sourcing unusual casks, but I believe virgin oak is underexposed in the Scotch whisky industry; something we are eager to change.”

He went onto say: “This expansion of our Virgin Oak Series showcases three superb Single Malts, each with incredibly unique attributes. I’m particularly proud to release a very rare Scottish Virgin Oak bottling; a long-held ambition of mine, with full appreciation of how challenging and expensive it is to work with. The result, in my humble opinion, is genuinely outstanding.”

Limited in quantities, The GlenAllachie 15 Year Old Scottish Virgin Oak Finish, 10 Year Old French Oak Finish and 10 Year Old Chinquapin Virgin Oak Finish, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for the respective RRP’s of £175.00, £61.99 and £61.99.

Posted by Steve Rush