Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon hogshead
Added colouring: No
Owner: Adelphi Distillery Ltd.
Average price: € 650.00
Official website: www.adelphidistillery.com
Every now and then it happens you find yourself with a little piece of history in your glass. And it’s not so much the price, which is very steep for this bottle (201 bottles produced in 2010), as what it represents, the style of a distillery that no longer exists.
The spirit dates back to 1973, six years after the birth of GlenAllachie, the fruit therefore of what its founder MacKinley McPherson had in mind, certainly very different from the radical restyling carried out by Billy Walker in recent times.
Considering that I was born in 1971, it makes quite an impression to taste something almost as
old mature as I am, but as always you approach whisky without preconceptions (or at least you try to), creating a unique and unrepeatable relationship with the distillate.
The nose is elegant and soft, velvety, with tropical fruit (pineapple, mango) combined with a compote of peaches and apricots with a drop of lemon. Beeswax, vanilla, sandalwood oil, a caressing and silky aroma, intense, at times reminiscent of a freshly baked tart, warm and delicious, with inviting shortcrust pastry.
It’s more lively on the palate, with an entry of ginger accompanying evocations of cooked fruit (apple, grape, peach), sugar crystals, peeled almonds and gingerbread. There is a wisp of smoke flowing in the background, accompanied by Caribbean cigar, together with an impression of anise and liquorice, a play of tones that are soft and rough at the same time in a very deep layering of flavours. A saline touch on the length, which cleans the mouth, preparing it for the next sip.
The finish is long and dry, characterised by cigar smoke that embraces liquorice, nutmeg, almonds and salt.
An experiential, complex whisky that knows how to surprise and entertain, a game between the nose and palate that thrives on contrasts and seductions that make you sink into the glass, always finding something new.
Reviews of GlenAllachie whisky in the blog:
GlenAllachie 10yo Cask Strength Batch 3
GlenAllachie 2009 Madeira
MacNair’s Lum Reek 12yo
Reviews of Adelphi whisky in the blog:
Adelphi Private Stock