Glenallachie 1989

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
50th Anniversary Bottling
Calculated age
28 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
01 Apr 2018 5:10 pm by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 352.83

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 1989

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.69 points

  1. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow a whisky rated by many "seniors" with 96, 97, 98 points? A little suspicious that already works! Then let me try ...
    • Nose
      91 91
      Chocolate, raisins, some spice, otherwise typical sherry flavors.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The 57% are noticeable, a bit spicy on arrival, then chocolate, some nuts, a lot of sweetness. Overall, very complex and complex.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Laaaang with a slight bitterness.

      Conclusion: Yes, the whisky is really good, maybe even very good, but no, a world-class 97.98 points whisky is not. From me there is scarce 92!

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet raisins set to a spicy backdrop, with a touch of sulphur. There's some rhubarb here too, as well as aceto balsamico, red union chutney and whiffs of pickled lemon. This leans to the sour side of the aroma spectrum, which makes it very interesting.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly drinkable, even though this has the highest alcohol percentage of the six. There's some licorice, maraschino cherries, and orange peel. Even a touch of sulphur again, but in this case that's not a problem at all. To me it actually adds to the complexity. Finally some chocolate pralines.
    • Finish
      All of the above. Long.

  3. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Well, almost 300 euros for half a liter of scotch are ever an announcement. While the Glenallachies from the Core-Range could not really convince me, I was very impressed by the single Casks (Rioja, Madeira, ...). Since these are still very young whiskys, just wanted to try an "old" single cask. The many insanely high ratings from many "Senior Experts" have made me curious. The 1989 Glenallachie is definitely a great whisky that deserves a top rating. However, I have to smile a bit at some tasting notes in the base. Flavors like "Vietnam Agarwood" or "Taiwanese Cypress" or "Ice Cream with Semi-Dried Onions" I do not find here. The Glenallachie 1989 Cask 986 is an aged, heavy, sophisticated, multi-layered and demanding sherry whisky that, with its enormous complexity, still convinces after 28 years in the barrel of still quite high alcohol content and a variety of flavors across the board. For me, the quality equate to a Glendronach Grandeur Batch 10. Stop just slightly different. Should I buy the bottle? Almost 300 euros are a lot of money, especially since you get "only" half a liter for it. However, if you're a lover of old, massive, heavy-squeezed sherry whisky, then you should definitely treat yourself to one. You never know how long there will be to buy such treasures. With a rating, I am doing this time a little harder than usual. The Grandeur Batch 10 is still very present in me, so you can use this high-carat only conditionally for comparison. The Glenallachie is simply more powerful, solid, present, powerful and in the finish a little spicier than the fine, noble and yet somewhat "weaker" Grandeur. But: it's exactly this important, powerful voluminous stuff I like quite well with old whiskys. For the moment, I give the Glenallachie 1989 Cask 986 times 95 points.
    • Nose
      Powerful, heavy sherry aromas flow through the room immediately after pouring. Rum infused raisins, overripe plums, cherries, oranges, chocolate, a hint of cinnamon and honey give it a very sweet spectrum. After a while, spicy notes of ground white pepper, old cigar box and pine branches are added. Christmas associations come to mind. Over time, the alcohol becomes more pleasing with 57.7%. Caramel, lemon and gingerbread spices and nuances of nutmeg and ginger can be seen after another ten minutes. The longer you smell, the more complex the nose becomes. Some water makes the whole nosing a bit softer and more pleasing.
    • Taste
      After 30 minutes, it's time for the first sip. The 57.7% push neatly, so it tingles neatly on the tongue in the first few seconds. But this settles pretty fast and the mouth is overwhelmed by the huge sherry sweets. Here the raisins, plums and oranges are immediately present again. In the mouth of Glenallachie freaks a tad fruity. Hints of mango and pineapple tap softly, but only briefly, because the aroma of the wood is only noticeable. 28 years in the Sherry Butt do not lie. The pepper is clearly noticeable, now the spicy notes have the say. Wooden box, tobacco, coffee, almonds, dark cocoa and old leather chair - the spectrum is impressive. Everything is wonderfully harmonious and balanced, so that the spice with the sweetness seem to vie for supremacy. However, this succeeds neither of the two. A second sip reinforces the great taste experience again.
    • Finish
      Very long finish. At first, of course, the sweet, fruity notes of the sherry dominate here. The raisins, oranges, plums, etc. are still very present here at the beginning. However, the mouth becomes dry relatively quickly after a short time and the spicier components become stronger. In the end, a pleasant woody-spicy tone with a slight residual sweetness remains. Wonderful, all very dignified, old, complex, sweet, spicy, just everything that can expect from a whisky of this caliber.

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An incredibly intense and complex Glenallachie! Despite its relatively old age, the malt appears extremely voluminous and powerful, the interplay of sweet and tart inspires me, as does the complexity and complexity. A very successful and delicious malt!
    • Nose
      Long and oily "legs" stick to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, dark chocolate mixes with prunes and dried raisins on first contact. Zest of old oranges, slightly spicy wood tones, hints of balsamic and resinous fir branches, honey with creamy caramel, cinnamon sticks in combination with cocoa powder and old vanilla, emerging sour cherries and hard toffee, the nose is also convincing across the board. Although the relatively high alcohol content is usually harmoniously integrated, voluminous alcohol flashes here and there and looks a little bumpy.
    • Taste
      Chocolate and sweet raisins accompany the first sip creamy on its way over the tongue. Prunes, cocoa powder and a pinch of cinnamon, followed by creamy milk chocolate with a caramel core, only what feels like an eternity later does spicy wood tones dissolve in connection with resin and old dried herbs and end slightly sharp in the throat. Even if the first contact on the tongue was very harmonious and creamy, the aftertaste is voluminous alcohol and slightly bitter, bitter (wood) tones and end with old walnuts and abrasions from orange peel on the tongue. The intense aromas rest creamy on the tongue before my saliva is suddenly stimulated the next instant.
    • Finish
      Hazelnuts and walnuts rest comfortably warm with old oranges and creamy milk chocolate on the palate, gradually mentholic freshness dominates, hints of citrus fruits are added. Spicy wood tones paired with minimal heat, caramel and toffee, prunes and raisins, creamy full milk chocolate with cinnamon, plus the aforementioned fresh herb and menthol note, the aftertaste is also convincing!

  5. newman346 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Brown sugar nectar, ripe oranges, a little wax, dry prunes, dark boiled tea, custard cream, salty water.
    Boiled canned fruit, full-bodied spicy red wine, dry prunes, plum jam, and caramel sauce for the finish.

    A solid Sherry Cask speyside malt with few negatives on the Sherry Cask.
    An interesting whisky with a strong fruity taste and a spicy complexity, with a rich taste like brown sugar and caramel.

    I was impressed by Billy Walker's ability again, as she was surprised because Glen Alahi did not have such a solid image of sherry casks and after all he had to choose interesting barrels.


  6. autowatch092 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Color: Dark amber

    Nose: Raisins, milk chocolate, sweet honey, orange peel. Hints of fresh oak and nutmeg.

    Palate: Brown sugar, chestnut, soda drinks. Delicious and sweet tropical fruits, pineapple, mango and lichee. Mixed spices, cinnamon and ginger.

    Finish: Very Long, honeyed, fruity and herbal with a hint of peanut brittle.

    Overall: A new star with fantastic fruitiness and aromatic spices.

    GlenAllachie Distillery isn’t so old, but has great potential to be a famous one.

  7. franpincoffee scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    The bottle comes from the Glenallachie 50th anniversary single casks edition. Young distillery may have something surprising from the old ones. There are ginger, coffee and orange chocolate in the nose. The taste is oily and sweet with spiced honey, grilled pineapple, peach, black sesame soup and milk candy. The finish length is pretty long and sweet with licorice, purple coneflower tea and pine nuts. Aged for more than 28 years, but still has high alcohol %. It’s just complex and well-balanced now, even very close to the edge.

  8. newman346 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Brown sugar nectar, ripe oranges, a little wax, dry prunes, deeply brewed tea, custard cream, seawater agitation.
    Boiled canned fruit, full-bodied spicy red wine, dry prunes, plum jam, caramel sauce on the finish.

    A spy side malt with a solid sherry casque, with few negative parts of the sherry casque.
    An interesting whisky with a deep fruity taste like brown sugar and caramel, with a strong fruity and spicy complexity.

    Since Glen Arahi didn't have such a solid image of Sherry Cask, he was surprised, and after all he chose an interesting barrel.


  9. molar3rd scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Soft spices and sweet sherried notes shine with sultanas, stewed apple, coffee candy and cinnamon. Then mild note of cheese and cedar wood.
    Palate: Sweet and intense on the palate, caramel pop corn, black currant juice and grilled caramelized apple. Spicy with cinnamon, pepper. A mix of almond and coffee ends on the dry side.
    Finish: Very long and balanced with honeyed camomile tea. Also some banana cake, nuts and tangerine peel.

    Deep and layered. This one is more drinkable than my imagination. High alcohol, but not a problem. Age doesn’t mean anything. The old dram is still powerful and delicious. Only 500ml per battle. It may finish soon.

  10. bull10298 scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Billy Walker specially picked it to mark the 50th anniversary of Glenallachie. I think that it is already too great to stay in the cask.

    Initially, prune, raisin, Christmas chocolate cake, balsam fir go through the nose.

    Then honeyed and smooth tastes appear in the mouth, cherry, plum, apricot, date palm, coconut candy, ice cream and half cooked onion. Very sweet and a little spicy.

    Finally, the finish is very long with sweet pomelo, peanut and maple sugar.

    A disappearing old flavor sherry whisky. So rich and fruity. This one was distilled in 1989 and I think it just matured in a refill sherry butt. Because of the Spanish law, new sherry butts (transportation casks) are hard to find in Scotland after 1986. That’s why old flavor sherry whisky becomes rarer now, especially excellent single casks.


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