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November 12, 2021


I am unsure I am getting every part about trendy Glenallachie, particularly about their ‘wooden (learn wine) coverage’. What I do know is that they’ve nice and gifted folks (a few of French ancestry) whereas in spite of everything, whisky is quite about folks and camaraderie than about quercus and sangiovese. No?
Let’s do that randomly…


Glenallachie 2009/2021 (56.1%, OB, Sherry and Rioja Cuvée Cask Finish)

Glenallachie 2009/2021 (56.1%, OB, Sherry and Rioja Cuvée Cask End) Two stars
Sherry and Rioja? What? Color: salmony gold. Nostril: it is okay there are strawberries and sourdough, porridge, peonies, chlorophyll, Seville oranges, roasted walnuts, just a little rubber, pumpkin seeds… With water: geranium, each flowers and leaves. Cherry stems, rosehip, hawthorn… Mouth (neat): candy, just a little jumbled, not dangerous, arduous to explain, maybe a tad uncoherent, however actually not dangerous. Undecided the place this sweetness is coming from. With water: extra chlorophyll and rubber, whereas it would not take water too nicely, turning into too dry (tomato leaf). End: medium, just a little bitter. Cherry stems and leaves. Uncooked grappa and marc within the aftertaste. Feedback: I believe I am lacking one thing right here. I am certain it is me – or the Rioja’s tempranillo. Nah, it is me, it is simply not a composition for me.

SGP:451 – 75 factors.

Glenallachie 12 yo 2008/2021 (63.4%, Signatory Vintage, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #900368, 676 bottles)

Glenallachie 12 yo 2008/2021 (63.4%, Signatory Classic, 1st fill sherry butt, cask #900368, 676 bottles) Three stars
Seen the energy? Color: amber. Nostril: there, just a little varnish, bourbon, vanilla, figs, raisins… and a variety of ethanol! So with water: croissants and raisin rolls, Hawaiian pizza (I am joking – fairly) and sourdough. Recent panettone and kougelhopf, with many sultanas s’il-vous-plaît. Mouth (neat): good and sizzling. No probabilities taken at WF Towerz… With water: superb if just a little within the middle-of-the-road (chirpy chirpy cheep cheep – for those who get this you are outdated). Raisins and biscuits, plus toffee, scones and brioche. End: lengthy, grittier, maltier. Inexperienced tea. Feedback: a very good drop, its essential asset being that at this energy, you would pour it into your BMW and smoke all Teslas on the Autobahn.
SGP:551 – 80 factors.

Glenallachie 12 yo 2007/2020 (59.7%, Adelphi, refill PX sherry, cask #900827, 621 bottles)

Glenallachie 12 yo 2007/2020 (59.7%, Adelphi, refill PX sherry, cask #900827, 621 bottles) Three stars
This needs to be comparatively comparable. Color: gold. Nostril: sameish, a tad gentler, cakier, with much less sherryness. No complains. With water: fudge, toffee, millionaire shortbread, muffins, panettone. Mouth (neat): good, trendy, with some fudge and that beautiful Belgian liqueur referred to as ‘Mandarine Impériale’ or one thing. That one’s extraordinarily good, do you have to not know of it. With water: no massive character however it works, with some café latte, fudge, raisin rolls… End: lengthy, on comparable notes. Extra panettone. Feedback: superb, simply not very noticeable, if I’ll. Which distillery was it, by the best way? Aultmore? Braeval? Glendullan? Macallan? Knockdhu? Glenglassaugh?… However Adelphi certain is an efficient signature, even when, in keeping with the sizes of their writings on their labels, they’re nonetheless in mattress with ‘Optometry Scotland’.

SGP:561 – 81 factors.

Not an easy session certainly, however our coronary heart stays keen…

Glenallachie 11 yo 2008/2020 (54.1%, Duncan Taylor for Whisky Journey Singapore, Octave, 102 bottles)

Glenallachie 11 yo 2008/2020 (54.1%, Duncan Taylor for Whisky Journey Singapore, Octave, 102 bottles) Three stars
Holy smokes! Color: gold. Nostril: nicely, this might be successful. It is cleaner, extra on orange cake, croissants, butterscotch, shortbread, madeleines… That is easy life, that is good life. With water: add branches, yellow flowers (buttercups), beeswax and pollens. Mouth (neat): superb, very simple, fairly easy, with a contact of mentholness, in any other case muffins. Was that quick sufficient? With water: pollen chiming in, all-flower honey, vanilla, meringue, Breton galettes (some sort of buttered-up shortbread) and inexperienced tea. End: quite lengthy, cake-y, then tea-ish. Ale aged in oak within the aftertaste. Feedback: we’re making good progress. Thirty extra and we might discover a ’90’.

SGP:551 – 82 factors.

Glenallachie 'Golden Barley' (45%, Share & Taste, Whisky & Rhum, +/-2021)

Glenallachie ‘Golden Barley’ (45%, Share & Style, Whisky & Rhum, +/-2021) Four stars
To share and to style, that is the spirit certainly! I consider that is new, as our sleuths could not discover any image of the bottle. Color: straw. Nostril: that is the trick, the nearer to the barley you get, the extra you win. Vanilla, nougat, barley syrup, popcorn, maple syrup, hit apples (pommes tapées, a factor from the Loire Valley) and touches of peanut butter. Regressive therefore and thus arduous to beat. Mouth: superb, after all! Butterscotch, praline, nougat, halva, pistachios, Ovaltine, chamomile tea, and most significantly, no awful wines in the best way. End: medium, clear, very caky, with beautiful notes of walnuts and marzipan within the aftertaste. Some raisins too, which can indicate that some sherry was concerned certainly, however we simply would not care. Feedback: simply our favorite to date.

SGP:551 – 85 factors.

Glenallachie 11 yo 2008/2020 (56%, Asta Morris, sherry butt, cask #AM147, 724 bottles)

Glenallachie 11 yo 2008/2020 (56%, Asta Morris, sherry butt, cask #AM147, 724 bottles) Three stars and a half
So far as aged spirits are involved, in my e-book, the Belgians characterize the cavalry. At all times there if you want them. Color: pale gold. Nostril: nicely, Glenallachie would not simply flooring you, let’s be trustworthy. Some fats oils, some barley, some softer raisins, nougat, beer… Effectively it isn’t Ardbeg, for those who see what I imply. With water: Mackeson’s and artisan mead. Slightly cider. Mouth (neat): good butterscotch and malty nougat, orange cake, candy barley, not a lot else. With water: muffins, kougelhopf, pancakes, Läckerli. Hoppla then. End: fairly lengthy, cake-y. Feedback: THE existential query, are these whiskies actually wanted? Are WE wanted? Is whisky wanted? I imply, within the grand scheme of issues?

SGP:451 – 83 factors.

A bit bored, maybe, as Mr Pop would say, however we will go on since the place there is a will, there is a manner. There, maybe an murderer’s Glenallachie…

Glenallachie 3 yo 2016/2021 (68.3%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, refill hogshead)

Glenallachie 3 yo 2016/2021 (68.3%, The Whisky Barrel, Burns Malt, refill hogshead) Four stars
Man, a 2016/2021 can’t be simply 3, capeesh? It could be 4 and it might be 5, however it can’t be three. Now, we’re attempting this on Halloween night time (and shall publish later), so nothing scares us now, not even utter damnation and whole malty putrefaction. 68.3% vol., nicely, Whisky Barrel, my attorneys will ship you a letter (as quickly as they’ve sobered up, which can by no means occur certainly). Color: white wine. Nostril: I believe I get the thought. Paint thinner, nail polish remover, wine vinegar, lime juice… However let’s inform it like it’s, I am discovering this curiously approachable. With water: I completely hate it that I would love this a lot. Pristine pears and barley eaux-de-vie, beating each Rochelt and Capovilla at their very own video games. Mouth (neat): very good, so long as you solely take half a drop in your mouth. Excellent pears! With water: wow! Flamboyant williams pears, with just a little fudge, butter cream and what we name ‘poiré’ (correct pear cider). Forgot to say tarte tatin, queen of tartes. End: lengthy, on pears and caramel. Feedback: what? Face it, we have been scammed! Certainly age does not matter, so long as you already know about it (ooh my poor head…).
SGP:641 – 87 factors.

Glenallachie 2014/2020 (62.4%, L'Esprit, cask #SB 9900149, 329 bottles)

Glenallachie 2014/2020 (62.4%, L’Esprit, cask #SB 9900149, 329 bottles) Four stars
This by our glorious French associates in Brittany. Color: gold. Nostril: butter pears, vanilla fudge, cider, Kouign-amann (some insane butter-loaded quasi-pornographic Breton cake) and Pliny-The-Elder. We’re speaking IPA. With water: good excessive acetic barleyness. Critically, that is very good. Mouth (neat): grassy varnishes and rotting bananas. Fairly excessive, quite beautiful, nearly bacterial (as in Jamaican rums). With water: varnishes and vinegars. Some loopy balsamicos similar to these by Mr Casari. End: lengthy, salty and varnishy, acetic, not likely regular however that is what we get pleasure from right here. Feedback: what was that? Is that this authorized? Do we now have the papers? That is whisky for nerds – nerds and cray mixologists of the world, you might take discover.
SGP:562 – 85 factors.

Extra varnish… I imply, extra Glenallachie… After which we’ll name this a session; actually, we have to, that is turning into too robust…

Glenallachie 24 yo 1995/2020 (55.1%, The Duchess, cask #23, 'Game & Wild', hogshead, 289 bottles)

Glenallachie 24 yo 1995/2020 (55.1%, The Duchess, cask #23, ‘Recreation & Wild’, hogshead, 289 bottles) Three stars
That is meant to have been chosen by ‘Watt Whisky’. Some bizarre stuff occurring up there in Scotland, for those who ask me. Color: mild gold. Nostril: is not it quite humorous that whereas we discovered a variety of pears in that sneaky 3 yo by The Whisky Barrel, we’d detect simply as many pears on this a lot older Glenallachie by The Duchess? Some chlorophyll too, teak oil, dim sums, pencil eraser, autumn leaves, grist… With water: rubber, interior tube, Barbour grease… Not very attractive to say the least. Mouth (neat): good candy pearish and beerish arrival, then quite greengages and just a little pinewood. Not precisely simple to pin down. With water: no, don’t add any water, water kills it. End: quite lengthy, just a little salty, malty, a tad indefinite. Feedback: superb, simply not extraordinarily motivating. One factor to recollect is that they’ve 22 (twenty-two) million (million) casks maturing in Scotland. Which, in reality, is not a lot as that is just one third of a cask per (thirsty) French citizen. I might consider we’re about to begin complaining, which is a factor we do fairly nicely.
SGP:561 – 82 factors.

I promise I am going to attempt to put my fingers on extra official Glenallachie ‘au naturel’. CU.









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