In December 2021 The GlenAllachie revealed its Autumn assortment of single casks. It included six expressions, solely out there within the UK. As anticipated, it was a showcase of various wooden sorts.
We skip the sherry casks for as soon as. In the present day we’re specializing in three much less frequent expressions: a 2009 Marsala cask, a 2006 Rioja barrique and a 2006 Port Pipe.
GlenAllachie 12 yo 2009 (58%, OB for UK 2021, Marsala barrel #5856, 295 btl.)
Nostril: lots of minty notes at first, adopted by heather and a touch of pinewood. Then it turns into honeyed, with some stewed orchard fruits behind it. Candy apples, peaches and hints of yellow plums. Tinned pineapples. Some darker toffee notes and oak shavings too.
Mouth: fairly a fruity core once more, with plentiful sweetness. It’s primarily exhibiting mango, apple compote and pineapple sweet. Then spicy notes seem, like white pepper and candied ginger. The generoous power strengthens this spicy / woody facet. Caramel and fudge, in addition to some biscuity notes beneath.
End: medium lengthy, with loads of sweetness once more, each in a caramelized in addition to fruity type.
For those who like a candy dessert dram, then this can in all probability be just right for you. I believe the tropical fruitiness makes this fairly a hit, however the sweetness is fairly dominant and complexity is pretty low. One thing in between a sherry cask and a Sauternes cask maybe. Attention-grabbing. Bottles are gone, however nonetheless samples out there from The Whisky Alternate.
GlenAllachie 15 yo 2006 (60,5%, OB for UK 2021, Rioja barrique #4465, 301 btl.)
Nostril: darker, barely woodier, with a (mulled) winey edge. Crimson plums and poached pears, with black berries, nutmeg and cloves within the background. Later candied ginger and a few mild nutty parts, primarily almond. Hints of cocoa and leafy notes too.
Mouth: now the purple wine begins to dominate. Cloves and nutmeg, with extra nutty notes and a fairly loud muddy edge. Blackberries, mint and different herbs. Barely bitter and dry – that is missing freshness and fruitiness for my part.
End: medium lengthy, leafy, with dry wine, just a little toffee and cocoa.
GlenAllachie 15 yo 2006 (60,7%, OB for UK 2021, Tawny Port pipe #868, 719 btl.)
Nostril: extra vanilla than within the different two. Later a reasonable sweetness develops, on stewed plums, blackberries and chocolate. Brown sugar. Then sandalwood seems, alongside pepper and heathery notes. No disturbing winey notes – good.
Mouth: elevated darkness and depth now. Extra spicy notes seem, primarily pepper, nutmeg and many of cinnamon. The stability with dried figs and chocolate cake is sweet. Hints of espresso ganache. The wooden is distinguished however saved in test.
End: lengthy, nonetheless spicy and woody, with chocolate and dried fruits within the background.
Lively oak is a continuing on this session (and within the basic GlenAllachie coverage, I suppose). It’s arduous to get a glimpse of the distillery character in these single casks. That mentioned, this Port model is my favorite expression at this time. Identical story: bottles are gone however TWE continues to be providing samples. Rating: 86/100