Glenallachie distillery

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Glenallachie distillery in winter
The grounds of the Glenallachie distillery
Region: Speyside
Location Aberlour Coordinates: 57°27′19″N 3°13′43″W / 57.45518°N 3.22871°W / 57.45518; -3.22871
Owner Pernod Ricard
Founded 1967
Founder Mackinlay McPherson
Architect W. Delme Evans
Status Open
Water source Sources on Ben Rinnes
No. 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.[1] It was bought and mothballed by Invergordon Distillers in 1985.[2] 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.[1][3]


The building of the Genallachie distillery was designed by S. Lothian Barclay from Lothian, Barclay Jarvis & Boys and Delme Evans[2] It is located at the foot of Ben Rinnes,[1] close to the Lour burn.[4] The grounds has ponds that are fed by the Lour, that provide water for cooling.[4]


The distillery draws its water from sping fed and snow water fed streams on Ben Rinnes. It uses lightly peated malts.[4] 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.[3] The distilled spirit is matured in used oak bourbon barrels.[2] Though the malt is mainly used in blends, it produces a 16-year-old cask-strength bottling since 2005,[3] and an 18-year-old bottling since 2008.[citation needed] It is mainly used in the Chivas Brothers Cask Strength Clan Campbell blend,[2] 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.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Helen Arthur (2002) [1997]. The single malt companion (in Dutch). Lisbeth Machielsen (trans.). Libero. p. 118. ISBN 90-5764-236-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Glenallachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky". 
  3. ^ a b c "Glenallachie distillery profile". Malt Madness. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Glenallachie". Whisky Classified.