GlenAllachie 11yo, Local Dealer Selection - 2nd Edition, 2018
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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
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Cask type: Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez and Virgin Oak Casks
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!