One of the six-strong single cask single malt releases from the ‘new’ GlenAllachie. The capitalised ‘A’ in the middle of the name gives a clue to the distillery’s new owner: Billy Walker, previously of BenRiach (and indeed GlenDronach). Walker bought the distillery from Chivas Brothers last year and, in doing so, set about transforming GlenAllachie from a little-known distillery producing fillings for blends such as Passport and 100 Pipers, into a quality-oriented single malt in its own right.
A core range is set to launch in June but, while we wait for that, there is this initial release of six single cask single malts – spanning the years 1978 to 1991, with two each from 1989 and 1990 in the middle.
Distilled 19/5/1989 Bottled Feb 2018
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Nose: Rumbustious Sherry cask character, which mixes those blue fruits with some bodega funkiness: that lovely (well, I love it) cheese rind element, old Serrano ham with fruit, leather, prune and hints of nuttiness, which comes across as chestnut purée. Big, certainly, but balanced with Sherry-soaked wood and, with water, Christmas cake, bruised plum, sultana and apple.
Palate: Broad and heavily Sherried, this is the weightiest so far, with a mix of Sherry, inky new sprint and coffee grounds on the tip of the tongue, some coal-like dustiness and liquorice in the middle, then those dark, aromatic plums and blueberries on the end.Rich and layered, it holds water well, bringing out Bourbon biscuits, resin and a slight oiliness before the estery brightness (grilled pineapple) adds lift. Flirts with sulphur.
Finish: Dried peel and dark fruits.
Conclusion:One for the Sherry lovers.
Glenallachie - 50th Anniversary Single Cask #986-1989 28 year old Whisky B07MJ7TFQK