Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry Oloroso and ex-PX
Added coloring: No
Owner: The GlenAllachie Distillers Co Limited
Average price: € 115.00
Official website: theglenallachie.com
Everyone has a vocation in life. That of Billy Walker, on a mission for the god of whisky, must evidently be the revival of distilleries in the shadows.
After the excellent work done with GlenDronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh, in 2017 Walker turned his attention to GlenAllachie, whose single malt, so appreciated by the few lucky ones who had been able to taste it until then, had been lost in the Pernod Ricard (Chivas Bros.) blends. It took just a few years to completely reverse course, and today, with a rather rich core range (10yo Cask Strength, 12yo, 15yo, 18yo and 21yo CS, to which a 25yo was added in 2019) and a growing public appreciation, the future looks bright.
We have the opportunity to taste GlenAllachie’s coming of age, matured in a combination of ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenéz sherry casks, and offered at 46% ABV, without chillfiltration.
The natural colour is a beautiful warm gold.
On the nose, the welcome is liqueur-like, with successive fragrances of caramel, chestnut honey, cane sugar and dried fruit, which reveal without any doubt the deeply sherried nature of the whisky. A touch of coffee powder and, after a few minutes, a spicy note of cloves enliven a profile that at times, due to the widespread perception of polished wood, is tinged with austerity. As the minutes go by, a clear scent of milk chocolate emerges.
On the palate, after a spicy opening, again with cloves, caramel, cane sugar, chestnut honey and dried fruit, with an addition of butter, substantiate a range of aromas in which the impression of polished wood still plays the lion’s share. Over time, the various notes don’t lose their intensity, while the medium-long finish, discreetly spicy, tastes of butter and dried fruit.
A robust, solid, compact whisky, with a persistence of aromas that is anything but banal, communicating an immediate sensation of fullness and never heaviness. An excellent result that demonstrates both the qualities of the base distillate and the skill of those who knew how to blend it with uncommon experience and talent.
Reviews of GlenAllachie whisky in the blog:
GlenAllachie 10yo Cask Strength Batch 3
GlenAllachie 2009 Madeira
MacNair’s Lum Reek 12yo