GlenAllachie Distillery Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

GlenAllachie 15yo

Review of GlenAllachie's fifteen year old, mix of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry Oloroso and ex-PX
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: The GlenAllachie Distillers Co Limited
Average price: € 75.00
Official website: theglenallachie.com
Vote: 84/100

Ageing launched in 2019 to expand Glenallachie’s core portfolio, this 15yo finished its maturation in a mix of Sherry casks between puncheons and hogsheads of Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez: as you know, the Master Distiller loves to play with finishings.

Tasting Notes

Dark amber in the glass.
Cherry in alcohol and sultanas emerge on the nose, accompanied by cinnamon, a hint of nutmeg, rhubarb, liquorice, chocolate. But it’s not all Sherry that glitters, and underneath comes a little Bourbon with a touch of vanilla, peach, lemon. Red orange.
More decisively than on the nose, the sherry reaffirms its influence with prunes, sultanas, nutmeg, liquorice, dark chocolate. Dry and rough, the palate also features leather, tobacco, toasted almonds, rhubarb.
Quite long and dry finish of hazelnuts, red fruits, nutmeg, wood.

If you like Sherry in your whisky, you’ll find what you’re looking for here: the influence is strong but not trivial, less pandering than other finishes. However, it eats up the whole distillate, leaving little room for refinement, and this is a bit of a disappointment given other more elaborate expressions of the distillery, which seems to do much better in limited editions.

Reviews of GlenAllachie whisky in the blog:
Dream N°3
GlenAllachie 10yo Cask Strength Batch 3
GlenAllachie 12yo
GlenAllachie 18yo
GlenAllachie 25yo
GlenAllachie 1973 Adelphi
GlenAllachie 2004
GlenAllachie 2006
GlenAllachie 2009 Madeira
MacNair’s Lum Reek 12yo

Other perspectives:
Malt Review

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