GlenAllachie 10yo, Cask Strength, Batch 4
ABV: 56.1%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
Pedro Ximénez & Oloroso Sherry Puncheons, and Virgin Oak Casks

 

Colour: Mahogany.
Nose: Starts with sherry aromas, dried fruit and raisins. This is accompanied by notes of cake dough, honey, blood oranges, spicy oak and cinnamon. In the background dark chocolate and cocoa.
Palate: Rich, full-bodied and powerful on the palate with a wonderful sweetness of sherry, molasses, juicy oranges, figs and dates. Accompanied by nicley warming spices of oak, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark chocolate lingers towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long lasting and warming with honey and slightly dry notes of cocoa, orange oil and oak. Additional slightly bitter tones of orange peel and walnuts.
With water: After the addition of water, the nose is wonderfully sweet and fruity with oranges and dates, accompanied by sherry and vanilla, milk chocolate, spicy oak, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet and creamy also on the palate with dark caramel, walnut and milk chocolate. Spicy notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and oak, as well as slightly dry tones of cocoa towards the finish. The finish is a little shorter and slightly warming with honey, some spices and dry cocoa.
Comments: The natural colour of this cask strength bottling promises a sherry cask influenced, but not overpowered whisky. Wonderful dark fruit notes combine with sherry sweetness and wintery spices to create a harmony on the nose and palate. This pleasure experience can be brought to perfection by a cracking open fire. A delicious malt!

 

I thank The GlenAllachie Distillery for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


GlenAllachie 21yo, 2020, Batch Number One
ABV: 51.4%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°°°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
Five Pedro Ximénez Sherry Puncheons & Hogsheads from 1997 and 1998 (1,600 btl.)

 

Colour: Mahogany.
Nose: Rich sherry aromas flow immediately into the nose, accompanied by Christmas cake, dark fruit and juicy oranges. Delicious spices of cinnamon and nutmeg mix with lots of cocoa and dark chocolate. Candied orange peel, notes of walnuts and a hint of tobacco leaves linger in the background. Wow - what a fantastic nose.
Palate: On the palate also immediately the classic sherry aromas with sweet Christmas cake, stewed plums and oranges. In addition warming spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and oak. The creaminess is increasingly replaced by dry cocoa notes and dark chocolate.
Finish: The finish is long-lasting and pleasantly warming. Creamy, almost sticky fruit jam mingles with dry oak spice, ginger, cocoa notes and subtle walnut. Wonderful!
With water: After adding a few drops of water fresher on the nose with lots of juicy oranges, butterscotch, orange blossom and milk chocolate. This is accompanied by cinnamon and notes of walnut in the background. Continues to be wonderfully sweet on the palate with oranges, heather honey and fruit cake, accompanied by dark chocolate. Discreetly warming with spicy tones of cinnamon, nutmeg and some ginger. The finish is still long, pleasantly warming and creamy with butterscotch, orange marmalade and chocolate. Subtle oak spice and a touch of walnut towards the end.
Comments: A really excellent dram. What I particularly like about this single malt is that it is not overpowered by the sherry. Obviously those PX casks were selected that provided great chocolate aromas to the maturing whisky. The result is an outstanding balance of dark fruit, cocoa and chocolate as well as pleasantly warming spices. A symbiosis of flavours that results in a truly delicious pleasure experience. Well done!

 

I thank The GlenAllachie Distillery for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


GlenAllachie 12yo, 2020, Virgin Oak Series - Spanish Virgin Oak
ABV: 48%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels, Spanish Virgin Oak Finish (6,600 btl.)

 

Colour: Bright gold.
Nose: Spicy on the nose with honey, orange and ginger. This is accompanied by fruity notes of orange and exotic fruit, mainly coconut. In the background, spicy oak resonates.
Palate: Initially spicy on the palate, dry and slightly astringent. Then sweet honey, followed by orange and coconut aromas. Slightly warming with ginger, white pepper and creamy milk chocolate. Some oak towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is of medium length, slightly dry and spicy, with creamy milk chocolate, notes of bitter orange peel, ginger and dry oak spice.
With water: After the addition of water, notes of creamy milk chocolate on the nose, followed by exotic fruits and some coconut. Spicy hints of white pepper and ginger. Spicy and creamy at the same time on the palate with oak, ginger, honey, vanilla, milk chocolate and a touch of coconut. The finish is still of medium length with dry and spicy notes of oak, ginger, orange peel and tannins.
Comments: This GlenAllachie Single Malt with the Spanish virgin oak finish is clearly the spiciest of the three. Very tasty and multi-layered on the nose and palate, but much more spicy, dry and astringent than its French oak or Chinquapin oak counterpart. The fruit aromas and sweet notes do not really unfold here. For those who like it spicy and dry, however, this dram is just the right thing.

 

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


GlenAllachie 12yo, 2020, Virgin Oak Series - Chinquapin Virgin Oak
ABV: 48%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels, Chinquapin Virgin Oak Finish (6,600 btl.)

 

Colour: Amber.
Nose: Sweet honey notes mingle with caramel and creamy toffee on the nose, followed by vanilla and orange oil. Slightly spicy with nutmeg and oak, mixed with milk chocolate. Very pleasant!
Palate: Also sweet on the palate with honey and orange notes. This is accompanied by warming spices with nutmeg and pepper. Becomes creamier with fruit jam, orange peel and a fine nuttiness.
Finish: The finish is of medium length, warming and spicy at the same time with oak and nutmeg, followed by honey, hazelnut and slightly bitter notes of orange peel.
With water: After adding a few drops of water, the nose becomes more spicy with nutmeg and pepper, along with caramel, dark chocolate and coffee notes, even some liquorice in the background. Sweet and creamy, but also spicier on the palate with toffee, dark caramel, coffee and dark chocolate notes. Overall less warming. The finish is still medium and creamy with some orange oil, oak spice and slightly bitter notes of dark chocolate and cocoa.
Comments: A delicious single malt, this time with less fruit but more toffee, caramel and chocolate notes. The virgin oak finish brings a dense oak spiciness that harmonises well with the remaining sweet aromas. A dram to relax and enjoy.

 

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


GlenAllachie 12yo, 2020, Virgin Oak Series - French Virgin Oak
ABV: 48%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Distillery
Cask type:
American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels, French Virgin Oak Finish (6,600 btl.)

 

Colour: Deep gold to amber.
Nose: Sweet on the nose with honey, toffee and orange blossom, accompanied by delicious vanilla. Spicy notes of nutmeg and a little oak are joined by a touch of coffee aromas in the back.
Palate: A pleasant, creamy sweetness is immediately noticeable on the palate with toffee, forest honey and caramel. Then immediately follows a warming spiciness of nutmeg and oak. The creamy sweetness is gradually accompanied by slightly bitter notes, especially orange oil, coffee, and some pink grapefruit.
Finish: The finish is long lasting and lovely warming with dark caramel notes, a pinch of cinnamon and some nutmeg. Becomes a bit drier towards the end with slightly spicy oak and cocoa.
With water: After adding a few drops of water, the nose becomes more spicy with honey, caramel, coffee notes, oak and a little pepper. Still creamy and sweet on the palate, but also spicier with more dry notes of caramel and tannins. The finish is slightly shorter and warming with prickling oak spice, tannins and cocoa towards the end.
Comments: A harmonious single malt bottling from The GlenAllachie. Delightfully sweet notes of honey, vanilla and caramel complement spicy oak, soft tannins and dry cocoa/coffee aromas to create a pleasantly warming and comforting drinking experience. A dram to enjoy, relax and dream, and perfectly bottled with an alcohol content of 48%.

 

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


Glenallachie 24yo, 1995-2020, Private Cellars Collection
ABV: 56.5%
Region: Speyside
Price per bottle: °°°
Bottling: The Whisky Cellar
Cask type: American Oak ex-Bourbon Hogshead (#10, 227 btl.)

 

Colour: Deep golden.
Nose: Refreshing start on the nose with delicious citrus notes, apricot, vanilla ice cream and butterscotch. Toffee and spicy aromas of ginger, nutmeg and a hint of oak are added. With time, more and more tropical fruits emerge, even more vanilla, citrus and slightly bitter orange peel. Very beguiling!
Palate: First sweet and fruity on the palate with vanilla and apricot compote, then strongly warming with white pepper and ginger, plus some oak spice. As soon as the warmth fades, passion fruit and citrus notes emerge. Afterwards, some bitter notes of orange peel. Very voluminous and mouth-filling. One can almost chew this whisky.
Finish: The finish shows a wonderful length, is creamy with chocolate and butterscotch. It is accompanied by floral notes and a little grassy aromas. Nutmeg and ginger with oak provide a pleasantly warming spiciness. Great!
With water: After the addition of water very fresh on the nose with significantly more citrus fruit and spicy aromas of tobacco notes and cigar box. Sweet and at the same time prickling on the tongue with buttery aromas, limes, dates and a slight peppery spiciness. Significantly less warming. The finish is still long and creamy with milk chocolate as well as dry oak and some floral notes. Finally toffee and walnut.

Comments: A wonderfully fruity, complex and rich single malt that is surprisingly fresh despite its age. The nose is outstanding, absolutely beguiling, on the palate multifaceted, fruity, warming, spicy, floral and almost chewable. The finale allows all aromas to linger in a concentrated manner. Wow - what a dram!

 

I thank The Whisky Cellar for the complimentary sample and the photograph!


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 strength.

 

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!