The GlenAllachie Distillery has unveiled Batch 5 of its cask strength 10-year-old single malt whisky. The release follows the success of previous batches, most notably the fourth installment which last week was awarded World’s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2021.
Held by Whisky Magazine, the World Whiskies Awards recognise the very best expressions from across the globe. An international panel of judges carry out blind tastings to award the best whiskies within each category. Once these winners are determined for each region, they go head-to-head in the ‘World’s Best’ final judging. The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Batch 4 took home the competition’s top prize, winning the award for World’s Best Single Malt.
Batch 5, which is a limited release of 4,500 cases worldwide, is a combination of Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry puncheons, Rioja barriques, and a small quantity of Virgin Oak casks selected and blended by industry veteran and Master Distiller/Blender of the Year (World Whiskies Awards, 2020), Billy Walker.
Presented at a natural strength of 55.9% ABV, without added color or chill filtration, the punchy spirit promises waves of warming mocha, tangy orange zest, and winter spices, all alongside archetypal GlenAllachie sweet honey notes.
Commenting on the latest decade-old release, Walker revealed:
“It has been a true joy of mine to concoct every new batch of our 10-year-old, bottling each at cask strength to let the natural character and charm of the spirit reign supreme.
“Previous batches of our 10-year-old have set a high bar to meet, particularly the fourth batch which I am thrilled has been awarded World’s Best Single Malt – a long-held ambition of mine – but we’re excited to share this latest batch which delivers a moreish combination of freshly baked almond croissants, dark chocolate, and spicy cinnamon… a real treat!”
With the first batch revealed in November 2020, The GlenAllachie 21-year-old Cask Strength had been the latest addition to the core range, with hotly anticipated annual batch releases in the pipeline.
The GlenAllachie 10-year-old Cask Strength Batch 5 is available from specialist retailers globally for the price of £58.99 ($82 USD).
Last month, The GlenAllachie announced the launch of its first blended Scotch whisky, White Heather 21 Year Old. The new limited-edition offering is a small-batch blend with a high single malt content crafted by Speyside brand‘s renowned master distiller.