Richard Beattie, pictured in the GlenAllachie still house

Richard Beattie, pictured in the GlenAllachie still house

Recently-formed GlenAllachie Distillery Co has appointed an operations director for its namesake Scotch whisky facility acquired from Pernod Ricard last year.

The company, formed through a consortium featuring Scotch veterans Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, confirmed today that Richard Beattie has come on-board. Beattie joins GlenAllachie from Mossburn Distillers, the parent of Torabhaig Distillery on Skye and Akashi Distillery in Japan, where he was director of distilling.

He has worked in the Scotch industry for approaching 30 years, with companies including Speyside Scotch Malt Whisky Distillery, Crisp Malting Group and Briggs of Burton.

Company co-founder Billy Walker said: "Richard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge not only about whisky making itself but also understands the intricacies of distillery engineering and design."

Walker sold BenRiach Distillery Co to Brown-Forman almost two years ago, before acquiring GlenAllachie in Speyside from Pernod Ricard in July last year.

As well as the distillery, Walker's team also took ownership of the single malt brand of the same name, as well as blended Scotch brands MacNair's and White Heather. Going forward, the company is looking to launch "a selection of aged whiskies, from a 10-year-old to 25-year-old, that are expected to launch this year".

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