Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection - 175th Anniversary
Autumn 2017
Stated Age
24 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Oct 2017 2:19 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 121.89

19 × in wishlist

49 × member ratings

65 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 1992 CA

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.30 points

  1. SteveW110 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Even if I rate far below average, I have to say that it was benevolent. Unfortunately, a disappointment!
    • Nose
      66 66
      Despite its 24y, the first impression seems quite sprightly on the nose, in fact it is very similar to the NewMake. This is followed by fresh bright fruits, such as mirabelle & peach, which are replaced by fine herbs. The nose promises little depth ...
    • Taste
      73 73
      Here you notice a bit of maturity, but not the promised 24 years ... it seems to have been a rather inactive barrel. Unfortunately, I also find clear NewMake notes here, metallic & unbalanced. Light vanilla rolls over the tongue without becoming sweet. Slightly light fruit and light fennel notes can be seen. The finish is surprisingly long, but unfortunately not pleasant.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Medium-length metallic finish, unfortunately too snappy.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    If he had not got that dirty touch - if I was 90+, you might also like it, or interpret it as a wax or call it a character - it bothers me a bit - otherwise he is super clean and tasty, intense and well balanced
    • Nose
      89 89
      extremely buttery oily - orange full - fruit and orange oil, grapefruit stakes, bay leaf, olive oil, sour apple slices, fresh strawberries, ground lemon drop, mint, lavender, sage, cucumber, complex unobtrusive greenwood flavors, fresh herbs,
    • Taste
      87 87
      intense fruity - citrus, yellow overripe melon a hint of strawberry, sweet and oily dense, yeast dough, vanilla, roasted oak, peanuts
      but there is also something dirty - old engine oil, metal chips
    • Finish
      87 87
      a little bit dirtier - slight bitterness - strawberries

  3. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Moderator

    Ralfy review 794: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juklh_T5y4w (93/100).

    "It's almost like a very elegant, floral Lowland single malt in its style. It is hugely complex."

  4. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Complex, touches of brilliance, but also moody and elusive! Just be prepared to give it a good hour to express itself fully.

    Two bottles bought from Cadenheads in Campbeltown on Ralfy’s (and the shop staff’s) recommendations in August 2019. One bottle opened Christmas 2020 - and now half way down and 3 months in.

    Nose: nippy, astringency which is biting (similar sensation on the nose to mild ammonia). This I think is coming from the barrel because it’s bound to a damp wood/ cellar floor earthiness - not unusual in whiskies of this age. Behind this however, is bags of character and complexity. Boiled sweets, tropical fruits, melons and mirabels - with a rich oiliness holding it together, classic oak spices, some vanilla and dryer bitter herbs - and all very playful and dynamic. Waxy, but distinctly linseed note, also some lovely almost sherried and nutty notes. Just when you think you’ve nailed the nose out pops another note; pears, or sweet apple, toffee, marmalade and a puff of icing sugar... Be prepared to pick your way over/ or through the astringent notes which do reassert themselves regularly.
    Taste: balanced, initially a sweet flourish, toffee notes balanced with crisp acidity from the fruits then moving to some chilli heat, and becoming dryer and mildly bitter.
    Finish: Neat without water the finish is a little short - the action is perhaps up front in the nose and mouth. However, pop outside or take a brief respite and you’ll taste whisky all the way to the John and back and it finishes back on fudgey sherried whiskiness!
    Water- about 4-5ml per 25ml does help the whisky articulate itself, but you loose a touch of the mouthfeel/richness too.

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It's probably not for everyone. I find this unusual mix of these notes interesting and so I enjoyed it. But you have to like it.
    • Nose
      It's kind of a little more special. Somehow floral and herbaceous notes that seem a bit dirty or unclean. I know, sounds strange. Is difficult to describe. Tree essential oil. Rose water. Chain oil from a chainsaw mixed with wood shavings. Herb garden that has just been freshly chopped.
      The fruits tend towards the orchard and have a sour touch. Plus orange peel, pineapple and peach.
      But also a certain sharpness. Ginger.
    • Taste
      The start is not exactly subtle. It doesn't seem uncomfortable to me, just powerful.
      More like citrus fruits at first. Then the fruits on the nose are now more pronounced and sweeter. Also malt sweetness. Fudge. Almond butter. In addition, sharp wood notes and pepper. In the mouth, this idiosyncratic mix of floral, herbal, fruity and woody notes no longer looks so dirty.
    • Finish
      Wood wort. A little hay. Getting drier with slight bitterness. The skin of almonds.

  6. wako93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    more soon

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Tauti did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Cadenhead's tasting notes

    Nose: Beeswax, raisins, faint cloves, salami and brandy snaps. A really good nose to this dram
    Palate: Gingerbread, butter and strawberry jam. Mandarin, peaches and butterscotch. Balance is the order of the day with this palate.
    Finish: Toffee and dark fruits give way to gentle warming spices. A really good enjoyable speyside whisky I think anyone should add to a collection.


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