The distillery was founded by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries subsidiary Mackinlay, McPherson & Co, who already owned Jura distillery, and they ran it until they were sold to Invergordon Distillers in 1985. Whereas Jura continued to operate throughout the following years, Glenallachie was closed in 1987 for two years until it was sold to Pernod Ricard subsidiary Campbell Distillers, already the owners of Aberlour Distillery just down the road. They increased the number of stills from 2 to 4 and restarted production in 1989, the distillery being branded as the Home of Clan Campbell whisky.
|The Home of Clan Campbell whisky|
Internally the distillery has a stainless steel semi-lauter tun, 6 washbacks that are stainless steel lined colclad and the two pairs of stills. Unusually (uniquely?) the condensers are placed horizontally rather than the normal vertical alignment. They have capacity to produce 3m litres p.a. which places it mid-table by volume in
A 16yo CS release by Chivas Brothers in 2005 was the first official bottling released recently and an 18yo from 2008 is also currently available from them, both produced from spirit distilled in that first year of reopening and matured exclusively in first-fill Oloroso butts. A 12yo was previously available in the 1980s and there are very occasional independent releases.
Distillery data courtesy of Chivas Brothers and ownership details from the Malt Whisky Yearbook.