GlenAllachie 10yo, 2009-2020
ABV: 57.8%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery (exclusively bottled for deinwhisky.de)
Cask type:
Oloroso Sherry Puncheon (#5584, 678 btl.)

 

Colour: Mahogany.
Nose: A typical sherry cask matured whisky with a potpourri of steamed dark fruit, raisins, dates and some blood orange on the nose. Sweet with brown sugar and sherry, followed by oak spice, tobacco leaves, cigar box and a subtle herbal note.
Palate: Sweet with sherry and a creamy compote of dark, ripe fruit. Then pleasantly warming with oak spice, nutmeg, brown sugar and some cinnamon. A touch of bitter orange with dark chocolate, cocoa and subtle walnut linger towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long lasting, warming and initially creamy sweet. Then it dries slightly with grapefruit, dark chocolate, coffee aroma and a subtle nutty note.
With water: After adding a few drops of water, a little more freshness on the nose with dark fruit, rum raisins, sherry, brown sugar and notes of old leather. Wonderfully sweet and creamy on the palate with fruit jam, raisins and figs. These are joined by notes of dark toffee, cinnamon and a little walnut. Overall less warming. The finish is still long and creamy, becoming dry towards the end with cocoa, coffee aroma and a touch of walnut.
Comments: What the wonderful colour of this Oloroso Sherry Puncheon matured single cask bottling may suggest is fully confirmed by nose and palate. A voluminous single malt with a potpourri of dark ripe fruit, creamy sweetness, fine tobacco notes, dark chocolate and warming spices. The alcohol is well integrated - but it is still worth playing with water, as it makes the GlenAllachie even more sweet and creamy.  For me a lovely dram and certainly something for the sherry aficionados, too.

 

I thank deinwhisky.de for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


GlenAllachie 9yo, 2020, Rye Wood Finish
ABV: 48%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
American Oak Casks, Rye Wood Finish

 

Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: A fruity and spicy mix of apples, cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose, followed by honey and some butterscotch. A hint of orange zest in the background.
Palate: Full-bodied, rich and sweet on the palate with apples and honey, accompanied by cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and spicy oak aromas.
Finish: The finish is of medium length, spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon as well as apple compote and a touch of dry oak.
With water: More lively and prickling on the nose as soon as a few drops of water are added. Bright fruit with honey and floral notes. More tamed and less sweet on the palate with more spices - rye notes, cinnamon and cloves. The finish is still of medium length, but much more spicy and dry with oak, clove and nutmeg.
Comments: A successful mix of spice and sweetness. The rye finish provides dry spices that wonderfully complement the fruity distillery character of GlenAllachie. It is best enjoyed undiluted, as the fruity sweetness disappears when water is added and the spiciness gains the upper hand.

 

I thank Kirsch Import e.K. for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


GlenAllachie 11yo, 2020, Moscatel Wood Finish
ABV: 48%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
American Oak Casks, Moscatel Wood Finish

 

Colour: Gold.
Nose: Fruity aromas immediately rise to the nose, such as grape, peach, apricot and pineapple. Really intoxicating. Honey and white chocolate notes are added, accompanied by floral tones.
Palate: Sweet, fruity and creamy on the palate with peaches and oranges, a touch of grapefruit, warming spices and cinnamon. Dark chocolate and mocha nicely linger towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long lasting with creamy honey. Becomes increasingly chocolaty with distinct mocha notes.
With water: Much more fruity on the nose after adding some water. Peach, apricot, passion fruit and more citric aromas. Sweet and creamy on the palate with a little less fruit. Slightly warming with cinnamon and creamy chocolate. The finish is medium long with lots of dark chocolate, cocoa and a touch of espresso.
Comments: A deliciously fruity and honey-sweet single malt from the latest Wood Finish series by GlenAllachie. After final maturation in Moscatel casks, the distillery character is enhanced by the characteristic notes of the Muscat grape, thus providing a balanced, fruity, fresh summer dram with optimum drinking strenth.

 

I thank Kirsch Import e.K. for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


GlenAllachie 11yo, 2020, Port Wood Finish
ABV: 48%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
American Oak Barrels, Ruby Port Wood Finish

 

Colour: Ruby red.
Nose: The nose starts off with ripe red fruits, creamy fruit compote with plums, followed by vanilla, a sweet spice and dark chocolate in the background.
Palate: Sweet and powerful on the palate with a mix of red fruits: cherries, plums and berries. Warming spicy notes with delicate dark chocolate towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long lasting and creamy with sticky red fruit jam. It dries out towards the end with fine cocoa.
With water: Fresher and tingly on the nose after adding a few drops of water. The wonderful red fruit aromas are accompanied by considerably more dark chocolate. Beery, creamy and fruity on the palate with a restrained spiciness. Here too, there are clearly more chocolaty notes. The finish is slightly shorter with lots of dark chocolate and dry notes of espresso.
Comments: A luscious, fruity single malt with delicate chocolate notes. The port wine casks gave this whisky, in addition to its great ruby red colour, nice red fruit aromas, accompanied by sweet spices and lots of dark chocolate. These chocolate notes increase considerably more after adding water. A liquid dessert after a good meal.

 

I thank Kirsch Import e.K. for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


GlenAllachie 11yo, Local Dealer Selection - 2nd Edition, 2018
ABV: 62.8%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Signatory Vintage
Cask type:
First Fill Sherry Hogshead (#900178, 306 btl.)

 

Colour: Dark mahogany (almost black).
Nose: A potpourri of stewed dark fruits, plums in armagnac and Christmas pudding. Sweet with Demerara sugar and sherry, followed by a delicate spiciness of oak, cinnamon and tobacco leaves.
Palate: Fruity and sweet with a load of stewed fruits and sherry, followed by brown sugar and dark chocolate. Very warming mix of spices - oak in particular, tobacco leaves and cinnamon. Slightly bitter notes of walnuts and espresso linger towards the finish. Extremely mouthfilling.
Finish: The finish is long lasting, sweet and creamy with sticky fruit jam, coffee aroma and a delicate nuttiness.
With water: Becomes spicier when a splash of water is added. Still sweet and fruity with more tobacco notes in the back. Sweet and fruity on the palate with an increased spiciness (oak, black pepper and nutmeg) and far more nutty flavours. The finish is still long, sweet and creamy with dry notes of oak, walnut and tobacco on the tail.
Comments: What the colour suggests nose and palate fully deliver. This GlenAllachie is incredibly rich and complex for its only 11 years. A potpourri of dark ripe fruits, chocolate, tobacco notes and loads of spices. The alcohol is very well integrated - perceptible, but not pungent at all. The ideal companion at the end of a successful day in front of the open fire. Certainly a must have for the sherry aficionado.


GlenAllachie 12yo, 2018
ABV: 46%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez and Virgin Oak Casks

 

Colour: Gold.
Nose: The nose starts off with lots of tropical fruits - banana, apricot and mango in particular. This is followed by butterscotch, plenty of vanilla, subtle sherry, raisins and a hint of floral notes. Spicy in the back with cinnamon and a whiff of oak.
Palate: Sweet and fruity on the palate with honey, citrus and banana. Then the spiciness arrives with oak, ginger, white pepper and subtle cinnamon. Creamy honey and vanilla nicely mingle with some tropical fruits - apricots and pineapple - towards the finish. Nicely mouthfilling.
Finish: The finish shows good length with creamy honey and chocolate notes, followed by some floral tones and a touch of dry oak on the tail.
With water: Intoxicating nose with tropical fruits when a few drops of water are added. The sweetness is a bit tamed on the palate while more spiciness with oak, pepper, ginger and cinnamon come to the fore. Still creamy honey in the back. The finish is medium long, creamy with vanilla and honey, but fairly dry with oak spice.
Comments: What an impressive new standard bottling of GlenAllachie. It's like walking through an exotic orchard on a glorious summer's day. Intoxicating aromas of fruit, accompanied by creamy vanilla, honey and slightly warming spices. Nothing dominates, nothing disturbs. A wonderful variety of aromas at an extremely attractive price.

 

I thank Kirsch Whisky - The House of Whiskies for the complimentary sample and the photograph!