GlenAllachie Unveils 2012 Vintage Cuvée Wine Cask Finish
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‘Nothing Short of a Dream Project’: GlenAllachie Employs 4 Wine Casks for Finish on its 1st Whisky of 2023


The GlenAllachie has unveiled its latest whisky, GlenAllachie 2012 Vintage Cuvée Wine Cask Finish. (Photo: The GlenAllachie)

On Tuesday, scotch whisky distillery The GlenAllachie unveiled its first whisky of 2023, 2012 Vintage Cuvée Wine Cask Finish.

The 9-year-old whisky is a blend of single malts finished in casks that once held four types of red wine: Languedoc, Recioto Della Valpolicella and two undisclosed Premier Cru Classés.

The GlenAllachie said the Languedoc casks impart notes of “red fruits, sweet spices and garden herbs”; the Recioto Della Valpolicella, give flavors of “ripe cherries, coconut shavings, liquorice and raspberry coulis”; and the Premier Cru Classé wood imbues “blackcurrant, espresso coffee and wild truffle” notes.

“Cuvée” is a French term used to describe a wine blend composed of more than one grape variety.

“As an impassioned wine enthusiast, devising a Cuvée has been nothing short of a dream project,” master distiller Billy Walker said in a statement. “I’m fortunate to have longstanding relationships with premium wine producers across Europe which has opened doors for us to create a whisky with intricate charm.

“As a blender at heart, identifying wine styles that would sit well together and capture distinctive qualities presented an enjoyable challenge. They say, ‘never mix grape and grain’, but I say this marriage is a match made in heaven.”

Bottled at 96 proof, The GlenAllachie 2012 Vintage Cuvée Wine Cask Finish will sell for a suggested retail price of £55.99 ($69).

The GlenAllachie 2012 Vintage Cuvée Wine Cask Finish, Via the Brand

Color: Golden Bronze.

Nose: Bursting with orange blossom, espresso, maraschino cherries and honeysuckle, with hints of candied stone fruits, hazelnuts, lavender and cinnamon.

Taste: Waves of dark chocolate, redcurrants and burnt coffee beans, followed by crystalised almonds, blackberries and orange zest

Finish: Ginger and licorice

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