Billy Walker and Trisha Savage inside The GlenAllachie Distillery
The new owners of The GlenAllachie Distillery, have unveiled their expansion plans for the business, after completing the acquisition of the Speyside site from Pernod Ricard in a multi-million-pound deal.
Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, who came together as The GlenAllachie Distillers Company Ltd to make the purchase, plan to launch a range of premium quality yet affordable whiskies in domestic and export markets.
Key targets include emerging markets as well as more established markets such as France, Germany and the United States.
The GlenAllachie Distillers Company will work with distributors that share its focus on quality drinks brands. Plans include releasing a range of aged whiskies from a 10 year old to 25 year old.
The consortium has also bought MacNair’s and White Heather, a pair of blended Scotch whisky brands, which it plans to rejuvenate with a various range of ages.
Walker said: “There are so many exciting opportunities in the whisky industry and the outlook for Scotch in emerging markets has never looked brighter.
“We want to create a boutique Scotch whisky company that is truly independent, Scottish-owned and managed. The team have all been in corporate roles previously and this is our opportunity to step away from that. At this stage in our careers we simply want to create a company that is fun to work with and passionate about making great whisky.
“The GlenAllachie Distillery has been in good hands and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to become the custodian and continue the development as a single malt.
“At fifty years old, it may be one of the younger distilleries on Speyside but the range of casks we have warehoused is tremendous, with whisky dating back to the 1970’s. Our aim is to nurture this liquid, develop the single malt and a range of blends that will be admired both home and abroad.”