The grounds of the Glenallachie distillery
|Architect||W. Delme Evans|
|Water source||Sources on Ben Rinnes|
|Number of stills||Two wash, two spirit|
|Capacity||3,200,000 litres of pure alcohol per year|
Glenallachie is a malt whisky distillery in Aberlour founded in 1967. The distillery is owned by Chivas Brothers, itself part of Pernod-Ricard. It mainly produces whisky for blends, and also releases 2 official bottlings at cask strength, one of 16 and one of 18 years old.
The Glenallachie distillery was built in 1967 by Mackinlay McPherson. It was bought and mothballed by Invergordon Distillers in 1985. They sold it to Campbell Distillers in 1989, who restarted the distillery, and expanded the capacity with two extra stills, bringing the distillery to a two wash- two spirit still configuration.
The building of the Genallachie distillery was designed by S. Lothian Barclay from Lothian, Barclay Jarvis & Boys and Delme Evans It is located at the foot of Ben Rinnes, close to the Lour burn. The grounds has ponds that are fed by the Lour, that provide water for cooling.
The distillery draws its water from sping fed and snow water fed streams on Ben Rinnes. It uses lightly peated malts. The distillery uses a semi-lauter mash tun, and six stainless steel washbacks. It uses two lantern shaped wash stills, and two onion shaped spirit stills for distillation. The distilled spirit is matured in used oak bourbon barrels. Though the malt is mainly used in blends, it produces a 16 year old cask-strength bottling since 2005, and an 18 year old bottling since 2008. It is mainly used in the Chivas Brothers Cask Strength Clan Campbell blend, and also in the Legendary and White Heather blended whiskies. The whisky is bottled and sold as a twelve-year-old single malt by Delhaize, and Signatory bottles vintage editions of the whisky.