Vanguard Luxury Brands has been announced as the new Australian importer and distributor for GlenAllachie Single Malt Scotch Whiskies and MacNair’s Boutique Spirits.
A team led by Scotch whisky industry veteran Billy Walker completed the acquisition of The GlenAllachie Distillery from Pernod Ricard in October 2017 with the intention of creating a boutique Scotch whisky company that is truly independent, Scottish-owned and managed.
The consortium also acquired MacNair’s and White Heather from Pernod Ricard, a pair of blended Scotch whisky brands which it plans to develop as innovative and premium ranges to a global market. Across the senior team the new owners have over 100 years’ experience in the Scotch whisky industry.
“We may be one of the younger distilleries on Speyside but the range of casks we have maturing on site is tremendous, over 50,000 casks of GlenAllachie some of which date back to the 1970s,” said Billy Walker, Master Distiller for GlenAllachie.
“We are looking forward to bringing classic GlenAllachie single malt to a new generation and exploring how we can deliver new blends that will become classics of the future.”
James France, and industry veteran of over 25 years and founder of Vanguard, commented: “For years we have been looking for an authentic, premium family of Scotch whiskies for our portfolio and we are delighted that finally we have found the perfect partner in GlenAllachie.
“We’re sure the trade will be as excited as we are about these great whiskies. GlenAllachie has genuine provenance and a deep archive of age-statement whiskies – two things that are all too rare these days.’’
The initial GlenAllachie single malt Scotch whisky range consists of 10 year old cask strength (57.1% ABV), 12 year (46% ABV), 18 year (46% ABV) and 25 year old (48% ABV). None of the range is chill- filtered or coloured.
The GlenAllachie range is available now from Vanguard Luxury Brands. In 2019, the MacNair’s Lum Reek range of peated malts will be added to the lineup.