Zum 50. Berufsjubiläum von Billy Walker erscheint die Serie The GlenAllachie Past, Present and Future, eine Reihe mit limitierten GlenAllachie Single Malts. Den ersten Teil, The GlenAllachie Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Past Edition, stellten wir Ihnen im Mai vor. Und heute präsentiertt die Speyside-Brennerei den zweiten Teil dieser Reihe: The GlenAllachie Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Present Edition 16-year-old Mizunara Virgin Oak Cask Finish, so lautet der vollständige Name dieses Bottlings.
Nach der Lagerung in Pedro Ximéz- und Oloroso-Sherry-Fässern erhielt der Single Malt noch eine weitere Reifung in Fässern aus Mizunara-Eiche ohne Vorbelegung und mit einem mittleren Grad an Röstung und Verkohlung. Die Abfüllung ist auf nur 2.900 Exemplare weltweit begrenzt und kam mit einer Stärke von 48% Vol. sowie ohne zusätzliche Färbung oder Kühlfiltration in die Flaschen.
GlenAllachie Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Present Edition ist im weltweiten Fachhandel erhältlich, die UVP für UK beträgt £280, was umgerechnet etwa 330 € wären.
Nähere Details sowie die offiziellen Tasting Notes finden Sie in der englischsprachigen Presseinformation:
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MIZUNARA CASK WHISKY REVEALED AS SECOND RELEASE IN 50TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES
Prominent whisky maker Billy Walker marks astonishing milestone with second release in commemorative Past, Present & Future Series
The GlenAllachie Distillery today announces the penultimate bottling in The Past, Present & Future Series as an ultra-rare Japanese cask finished Single Malt Scotch Whisky: The GlenAllachie Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Present Edition 16-year-old Mizunara Virgin Oak Cask Finish.
Launched in May, the landmark range honours foremost whisky master Billy Walker’s remarkable half-century-long career in the Scotch whisky industry, with each release symbolising a key milestone for the veteran blender.
The Present Edition is revealed today as a Mizunara Virgin Oak Cask Finish (UK RRSP 280), Walker’s first-ever use of the highly unusual oak species, representing the pioneering wood policy he is currently implementing at The GlenAllachie Distillery.
With a particular focus on experimenting with interesting and rare casks from small-scale, premium producers, the Speyside distillery’s annual cask budget for 2022 stands at an eye-watering 2 million (US $2.6m).
The ground-breaking 16-year-old underwent a lavish maturation journey beginning in rich Pedro Xim鮥z and Oloroso Sherry wood before being transferred into incredibly uncommon Mizunara virgin oak casks with a medium level of toasting and charring.
Mizunara is a very scarce species of Japanese oak rarely utilized in the whisky sphere due to its expense and the multitude of challenges it poses to production.
Its tendency to twist as it grows creates issues for stave production, and its porous nature – which on one hand is beneficial, allowing for greater interaction between whisky and wood – makes it much more inclined to leak during maturation, impacting the final outturn. Additionally, the trees must grow to be around 200 years old before being felled; twice the age of most oaks used for casks.
Following a luxurious two-step maturation journey, the consequential chestnut-hued single malt boasts indulgent notes of dark chocolate fondant, forest fruits, stem ginger and coconut shavings.
Due to the scarcity of Mizunara oak, the release is limited to just 2,900 bottles globally; each proudly presented at a high strength of 48% ABV, without added colouring or chill filtration.
Walker, who was inducted into Whisky Magazine’s prestigious Hall of Fame last year, has spearheaded The GlenAllachie Distillery since 2017. In that time, it has racked up enviable awards including the fiercely contested title of World’s Best Single Malt (World Whiskies Awards, 2021).
Commenting on his historic release, Walker said:
“As a Master Distiller, I’m regularly asked what proportion of the flavour profile of a whisky I attribute to the wood, to which I answer at least 70 per cent. As a chemist, I find supervising the flavour development of our whisky as it interfaces with interesting cask types truly fascinating. One thing I’ve absolutely learnt in the last 50 years is that there are no short cuts to achieving quality.
“I’m incredibly proud to release my first ever Mizunara virgin oak finished whisky; a cask type that has of course been on my radar to experiment with, not deterred by its undeniable challenges! I was confident that it would perfectly complement the bold nature of The GlenAllachie, and we’re delighted with the outcome. A very proud moment for a special personal milestone.”
The Present Edition joins the first release in the range, The Past Edition: 16-year-old 100% Sherry Matured Single Malt Scotch Whisky, released to great acclaim in May 2022.
The GlenAllachie Billy Walker 50th Anniversary Present Edition can be purchased through global specialist retailers, with a UK RRSP of 280.
Colour: Intense Chestnut.
Nose: Bursting with dark chocolate, heather honey and grilled almonds, with hints of sandalwood, ginger, orange zest, caramelised pecans and coconut shavings.
Taste: Waves of heather honey, cinnamon and crystalised ginger, followed by demerara sugar, dried dark berries, hazelnuts and fig syrup.