For The GlenAllachie Wine Cask Series, Master Blender Billy Walker initiated the process by expertly maturing their spirit in the finest American oak ex-Bourbon barrels before transferring the whisky into carefully chosen European wine barriques for a secondary aging phase. Adding a unique twist to this release, Billy blended four exceptional wine cask finishes to create a distinctive expression: The Cuvée Wine Cask Finish.
Drawing from the wine industry, the term 'Cuvée' typically refers to a blend that incorporates multiple grape varieties. Similarly, their 9-year-old Cuvée represents a harmonious marriage of spirits from several esteemed wine casks sourced from renowned regions like Bordeaux, Languedoc, and Valpolicella.
Billy meticulously monitored the character development of each individual barrique, skillfully blending the whiskies together. The resulting golden liquid reveals notes of elegant stone fruits, hints of toasted almonds, and a lively touch of zesty orange peel on the palate.
This limited expression is bottled without chill-filtration to preserve its flavor and retains its natural color, boasting an ABV of 48%. Their commitment to authenticity and delivering exceptional whisky shines through in this creation.
Tasting Note by GlenAllachie:
Nose: Bursting with orange blossom, espresso, maraschino cherries and honeysuckle, with hints of candied stone fruits, hazelnuts, lavender and cinnamon.
Palate: Waves of dark chocolate, red currants and burnt coffee beans, followed by crystalised almonds, blackberries and orange zest, with ginger and liquorice on the finish.