Glenallachie byggdes 1967 av Mackinlay McPherson Ltd som var ett dotterbolag till Scottish Newcastle Breweries Ltd. Arkitekt var Delme Evans som även ansvarade för Tullibardine och Isle of Jura. 1985 köpte Invergordon Glenallachie men stängde det redan 1987. 1989 köptes Glenallachie av Campbell Distilleries (Pernod Ricard). De fördubblade kapaciteten och startade driften samma år. Det mesta som produceras hamnar i blendedwhisky.

Glenallachie's korn tas från centrala mälterier och är lättrökt, under tre ppm. De har en porteuskvarn. Mäskkaret är av rostfritt stål och tar ca 10 ton. De har sex jäskar i rostfritt stål. De har fyra kopparpannor som alla är intern uppvärmda. mäskpannorna är av lanternmodell. Det mesta som produceras hamnar i blended whisky.

Aberlour on Spey
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House style: Delicate but complex, a subtle and floral example of a Speysider
Many people in the whisky industry believe that Glenallachie is highly underrated and that it deserves more attention. Mackinlay and Macpherson Ltd built the distillery in 1967. The distillery was sold to Invergordon distillers in 1985 and was closed in 1987. Campbell distillers who own the near by Aberlour distillery purchased the distillery in 1989 and reopened the distillery. Unfortunately there is no official distillery bottling of Glenallachie, apart from one for a supermarket chain in Belgium. However there have been some exceptional independent bottlings.

Glenallachie is in the heart of Speyside, near Aberlour. A dam that looks like a village pond and a small waterfall soften the exterior of what is otherwise a functional modern distillery. It was built in 1967 primarily to contribute malt to the Mackinlay blends, at that time owned by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. In 1985 the distillery and the Mackinlay business was acquired by Invergordon. The distillery was temporarily closed in the late 1980s but acquired and reopened by Campbell at the end of the decade. It is pronounced "Glen-alec-y".

Glenallachie distillery was built in 1967 beside the Lour burn above Aberlour by Charles Mackinlay & Co to a functional design by the architect William Delmé Evans, and is typical of 1960's single level distillery architecture. The cooling water is drawn from ponds created by a dam in the river fed from a small waterfall, and this provides the distillery's most attractive feature. The warm water from the condensers is piped back to the ponds which gives them a steamy look in winter and is enjoyed by the ducks which are included in the inventory. It is the younger twin of the more famous Aberlour distillery.
The distillery draws its water from deep granite springs and snow-fed burns on Ben Rinnes and uses lightly peated malted barley. It operates a stainless steel semi-Lauter mash tun, 2 stainless steel washbacks and 4 medium-sized
The wash stills have pinched waists while the spirit stills follow the more usual onion shape. The whisky is
matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks and refills.
Glenallachie Single Highland Malt whisky is available at 12 years old (profiled) from Delhaize Le Lion, part of the Pernod Ricard group. It is also bottled as vintages by Signatory, and is used in 12 years old Clan Campbell, 18 years old Legendary and White Heather blends.
Glenallachie distillery does not have a visitor centre or offer tours.

Jörgen & Anita Norrblom

Webbans Illustrationer 2005