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The Nightcap: 9 November

We’ve got another edition of The Nightcap ready – time for your brain to hungrily digest these delicious morsels of drinks news! It’s Friday, fair folks that read the MoM…

We’ve got another edition of The Nightcap ready – time for your brain to hungrily digest these delicious morsels of drinks news!

It’s Friday, fair folks that read the MoM Blog! While this of course means that it’s time for your regularly scheduled instalment of The Nightcap, it’s also the day of the week that new CDs get released. So why not enjoy The Nightcap while listening to some fresh new jams – like a jazz album by Jeff Goldblum? Yes, that Jeff Goldblum. Jeff “Life finds a way” Goldblum. What does that have to do with booze? Nothing, we just think Jeff Goldblum is cool.

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GlenAllachie’s new releases are here!

Earlier this month, Speyside Scotch whisky distillery GlenAllachie announced it was releasing its first expressions since Billy Walker (formerly of BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh) took over at the helm in…

Earlier this month, Speyside Scotch whisky distillery GlenAllachie announced it was releasing its first expressions since Billy Walker (formerly of BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh) took over at the helm in July 2017. What better excuse to check in with him and catch up on distillery developments?

First things first: the first GlenAllachie expressions released under Billy Walker’s stewardship are here! There are six in total: A 1978 ex-sherry butt bottled at 55.9% ABV; a 1989 ex-sherry butt at 57.7%; a 1989 hogshead at 45.4%; a 1990 ex-sherry butt at 44.9%; another 1990 ex-sherry butt at 54.6%; and a 1991 hogshead at 55%. It’s a pretty tasty line-up coinciding with the distillery’s 50th anniversary, and the collection represents an exciting statement of intent from a producer which up until recently was predominantly focused on producing stocks for blends.

We’ve followed the GlenAllachie purchase and refurb pretty closely from MoM Towers, and spoke with Walker as recently as October to explore his plans for the distillery. But now actual liquid is here, it’s time to revisit. We got him on the phone shortly after his team issued the new products’ press release and chatted cask selection, production tweaks, the importance of blended whisky, and even the introduction of peated malt…

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A new dawn: Billy Walker sets out plans for Glenallachie distillery

Back in July, news broke that Chivas Brothers had sold the Glenallachie distillery to a consortium of investors led by Billy Walker, former managing director of The BenRiach Distillery Company. While…

Back in July, news broke that Chivas Brothers had sold the Glenallachie distillery to a consortium of investors led by Billy Walker, former managing director of The BenRiach Distillery Company. While the multi-million pound deal came as a surprise to some, for Walker it was written in the stars.

“The concept was always on the radar,” he confirms, after I ask whether he’d anticipated embarking on such a momentous project this year. After all, up until relatively recently he was still involved with BenRiach; the company he built up and sold to Brown-Forman in April 2016. “The reality [of it happening] was unlikely, but, as it was, the planets aligned themselves.”

And as the planets came together, so too did The Glenallachie Distillers Company. “We’re like-minded people,” says Walker of his colleagues – long-time business partner, Trisha Savage, and Inver House Distillers’ former managing director, Graham Stevenson. Combined, they have almost 100 years’ experience in the Scotch whisky industry. “I knew we shared the same kind of vision for the next journey – whatever that journey was going to be.”

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