Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
52.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Feb 2018 9:24 am by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149.90

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27 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 1992 CA

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 points

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    There must have been a high rye content in this bourbon barrel, never before had I had such intense rye impressions on a malt. Also very influential are the intense popcorn notes. This is probably still a very active first-fill barrel, but that's not what it says on the label. That would also explain the violently dark color. For me, the malt definitely needs water, and not just 2 drops, rather a spoonful. Then develop wonderful fruit notes and transform the Glenallachie completely. Very sweet, very spicy, not a bit bitter, a lot of fruit: the Allachie 25 is the perfect counterpart to a sherry monster: a real bourbon beast! Like it a lot! 90 points first, with option on 91. There is still much to discover!
    • Nose
      Popcorn! In fact, the puffed corn he describes, in a high concentration, immediately hits his nose, along with slightly burnt caramel, cotton candy, licorice, some still warm apple compote, rye bread fresh from the oven; with water: suddenly a lot of leather, sawdust, lemon and quince, also passion fruit, wow, yes, now it is clearly really fruity!
    • Taste
      Without water, it is too concentrated for me, the aromas form a wall that is hard for me to crack open, especially popcorn, caramel and spices; So with water: popcorn !, lots of popcorn !, lemon, dark caramel sauce, brown candy, licorice, leather, a lot of barrel spice, especially cardamom, nutmeg and clove pepper, herbs, especially thyme, hyssop, oregano, again the rye bread, manuka honey , something in the background Apple compote, quince jelly, star fruit with a dark chocolate coating and again the passion fruit, the fruity notes are stronger, the malt is sweet and heavy and oily, the star fruit with chocolate is stronger ... leeecker!
    • Finish
      long, rye bread, very dark caramel, still the popcorn and the manuka honey, lemon, passion fruit and the star fruit in dark chocolate slowly fade, a fine sweetness resonates with the popcorn long after ...

  2. Hobbit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great first nose you rarely see: popcorn! This is the first association. salty popcorn, butter fudge, cane sugar, almond oil spicy and sweet at the same time, dark confectionery apple pulp, the popcorn aroma gradually recedes slightly, but always remains underlining in the background, with a few drops of water, the drop turns and shows a little more from the light fruit side with fresh apple notes and tropical fruit (maraquja and mango), at the same time the caramel sweetness comes to light! Great! Nice complex and never boring. In the mouth then a fine sweetness at the beginning, which goes into powerful spice and nut flavors, subtle notes of smoke, caramel and marzipan, again popcorn, with water here supple, creamier, which is also reflected by a long creamy finish.
    A great flavorful barrel. I can only recommend the whisky first time to give and after the first sip a few drops of water at. The transformation is amazing. I like such multi-faceted malt, some with unique flavors (here salty popcorn) come up.

  3. Bloodwyn scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    As the colour promises, the whisky delivers. I really think this is the best bourbon cask matured whisky I've come across until now. It shows several aromas that I really like and thought of to be exclusively to sherry matured ones, but without some typical flaws that often come with those. Somehow or other everyone who tries this will immediately experience that this must have been a very special and very great cask. The rest is up to personal taste and it definitely hits the mark for me. After some thinking I'll step up my previous rating from 92 to 93 points.

    Water can be added to experiment, but I would not. Another big point in my opinion.
    • Nose
      A variety of roast or slightly smoky aromas from coffee to roast chicken at first and then a decent woodiness steps in. There are different spices and also peppery notes. I am very much reminded of a marinade made of mainly the paprika powder they use in Hungary. This on a steak, which is properly seared. Underlying I find a deep fruitiness of very ripe mangos, bananas as well as some star fruit and a hint of pineapple which is entangled with flavours of caramel and dark chocolate.
      Marmelade on brown bread, very buttery. Muscovado sugar and baked apple thrown into a pot of chicken broth (which I normally only get when sherry casks are involved). The baked apple plays a big role overall after some time in the glass, sometimes it shifts to red apples or apple sauce. On top of that there are some partly hidden tones of chai or mate tea.

      With water it develops somewhat into the broth direction plus the fruits are shining through in a lighter and more obvious style. It is more restrained. Not refined. ;)
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly smooth with associations of the aforementioned roast and marinade aromas for a split second and then the mouth gets flooded with spicy and partly bitter notes of some chili chocolate, which are replaced bit for bit with a mouth-watering and very chewy sweetness of brown sugar, country honey, caramel (a bit salty), tea with candy and also again the baked apple. This is also the moment where I can detect a whiff of the popcorn everyone was talking about. But it becomes more and more something like the mate tea I've always dreamt of and that I actually can enjoy. I can't explain why that image always comes to my mind and what exactly is reminding me of it. For some people there might be no mate tea anywhere to find in this...nevermind, the bitterness and sweetness complement each other in a really rare and stunning way. Also I have to point out that the fruitiness is nowhere near to be gone, but it is more in the background or the foundation in some kind of way. Maybe because it is so "meaty".

      Again with water all is more restrained and also creamier. It works better with the taste than the nose, but all in all I find the cask strength is on spot.
    • Finish
      Just like a baked apple syrup with those hints of the paprika powder here and there and muscovado sugar on top of it all. It then develops from sugared white coffee to chocolate with pieces of candied orange peel. Gently astringent with lots of sweet spots on the tongue, again perfectly balanced. And the ideal mate tea in the end.Heaven?

  4. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    So this single cask is really unique. 25 years, Bourbon Hogshead! Really? Hard to believe. The full black bread herb liqueur malt beer boom! And yes, now that I'm reading that in other notes, popcorn in the nose! Such extraordinarily original fabric is worth 94 points. Absolutely dark, absolutely bread-sweet; and sometimes it is said that whisky has (due to the raw material) less flavor range than about R (h) um! So this malt spirit barrel combination proves just the opposite.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Donnerwetter - that is the full basket of fresh darkest black bread. Endless malt. Dark sweetness, brand "herbal liqueur". Very strange, absolutely extraordinary! And of course dark malt beer. How am I supposed to rate that?
    • Taste
      94 94
      Ok, now the herbal liqueur is absolutely sweet. Overripe peach, cherry, etc., but in the "lemonade version". Of course the black bread, dark rye bread and the dark malt beer. As strange as in the nose on the palate.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish also remains dark beer-malty-sweet, supplemented by a little oak and light dark chocolate. Consistent from front to back.

      _With a little water_ the Glenallachie becomes a little fruity-sweet (peach!) On the nose on the one hand, but on the other hand also a hint of mint. The stronger mint also appears on the palate, as does the overripe peach with cherry. And herbal liqueur malt beer again; all of this continues until it leaves. An equivalent variant for me for pure pleasure.

  5. wncvirus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Fruit, cinnamon, apples,
    Taste: Fairly aromatic in taste. Perceptible herbs with spices to this, of course, pleasant sweetness. Everything is very nicely connected. However, after adding a few drops of water it becomes more open and fresher in taste. They come out on top of apples, light marmodala. Really fun to drink.
    Rating: 89 | 100 Long, sweet finish with elements of chocolate and caramel. A very interesting whisky!

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    88 undiluted... with water (spoon) the sharp edges disappear and fruitiness perfectly combines with popcorn... delicious!!! +2p


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