Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: The GlenAllachie Distillers Co Limited
Average price: € 95.00
Official website: theglenallachie.com
We deviate from the core range of the distillery reborn under the hands of Billy Walker to try a special bottling.
This is a single cask (cask 26854) ex-Bourbon filled in 2006, which as of June 2019 has produced 273 cask strength bottles.
As is well known, Walker is experimenting a lot with wood and ageing, and having the chance to try a whisky from a single cask is probably the best way to understand the path he wants to take.
So… let’s try it!
Deep gold in the glass, with copper highlights.
Extensive tropical fruit on the nose, with mango, pineapple, ripe banana and a hint of coconut dipping into a custard dusted with spices (nutmeg and ginger). Almonds, green apple and honey. There is also a certain floral note in the background, which together with the lemon zest gives freshness to the aromatic bouquet.
The spices greet the palate at the mouth, along with the warmth of the alcohol (well balanced), making way for fruit accompanied by sparkling orange (just like an orange soda) and a caress of wood. Sweet and lively, it offers dried fruit (almonds and walnuts) and a hint of tamarind.
The finish is quite long, with orange, spices, wood and almonds.
Not a monster of complexity but a fun, cheerful, refreshing, almost summery dram. And that’s not something you can say very often about a whisky!