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GlenAllachie Distillery Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 200 euros and over

GlenAllachie 21yo Batch One

Review of a bottling born from 5 different Sherry casks.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 57.2%ABV
Ageing barrel: Ex-sherry Pedro Ximénez
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: The GlenAllachie Distillers Co Limited
Average price: € 280.00
Official website: theglenallachie.com
Vote: 90/100

This is the first in a series of annual editions dedicated to a truly important ageing for GlenAllachie, which under the loving care of Billy Walker has seen a rebirth of the distillery with the relaunch of a brand that until recently was unknown to most.
Debut at the end of 2020 with 1,600 bottles drawn from five former PX Sherry casks of different sizes (puncheon and hogshead), filled between 1997 and 1998, of which we leave it to Walker himself to speak:
“There are some whiskies which are simply a pleasure to create; our 15 year old which we launched in 2019 was one, and this new 21 year old is undoubtedly another. Sherry casks of this vintage are scarce, so I have been carefully monitoring each since we bought the distillery in anticipation of releasing a very special and beautifully aged expression at its peak. These casks have now achieved the perfect balance of sherried depth and complexity, which we have bottled at natural cask strength to showcase the full experience that these casks deliver.”

Tasting notes

Pedro has done a lot of work and the nose shows it all, with a profusion of dark, decadent fruit (dates, dried prunes and figs, grape must) accompanied by coffee, nutmeg, star anise, candied orange peel and chocolate. Undertones of liquorice root and chestnut honey. Rich and deep.
Oily and full in the mouth, almost chewy, a liquid slice of panforte cake with brown sugar, chocolate, liquorice, prunes. A bitter streak dries the palate and balances the flavors, with a touch of chinotto and leather on the length. Lacquered wood.
Long, dry, citrusy finish of chocolate, prunes, almonds, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), liquorice.

Forget the sherried excesses of certain whiskies, here the balances are excellent and keep the spirit suspended between sweetness and rough tones, with a rare depth that digs into the dark and decadent tones without ever slipping into the cloying. Full-bodied, rich, masterful.

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