Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry PX and ex-Wine
Added coloring: No
Owner: The GlenAllachie Distillers Co Limited
Average price: € 53.00
Legend has it that Harvey MacNair (a Victorian businessman and whisky bottler) was sipping his fine whisky one evening in the comfortable warmth of his home, when his chimney (lum) became clogged, causing a spillage of smoke (reek) that filled his living room. Like any good Scot, instead of spending the next hours cursing his way through the issue, he realised that all that smoke had improved the taste of his whisky, thus giving him the (brilliant) insight that a little peat in a fine spirit does no harm.
In honour of this likeable character, Billy Walker of GlenAllachie decided to create a blend of Speyside whiskies (including, of course, his own) and others from Islay, resulting in a peated mix that isn’t quite typical of the region.
There are currently three versions: the Mmall Batch, this 12 year old and a 21 year old.
Light amber in the glass.
Peat more vegetal than ashy, moist, with medicinal touches on sweeter and more delicate tones of fruit (peach, banana, pineapple), vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, marzipan, honey, lemon drop. You catch also a slight balsamic side.
On the palate, the peat emerges without overpowering, expressing its smoky side in an ever delicate way with a hint of pepperiness on dark chocolate, toasted nuts, sultanas, mango, pineapple, plums, candied orange. Custard and shortcrust pastry. More decisive and warm than on the nose, with a nice texture.
Rather long finish where smoke is the background to ginger, chocolate, salted caramel, orange.
A beautiful marriage between the delicacy of Speyside and the roughness of Islay, where the two souls integrate perfectly without covering each other, in a successful and very pleasant dram.