Glenallachie 10-year-old

Overall rating
85.25/100
votes
381
Whiskybase ID
WB111366
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 1
Bottled
08.06.2018
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Oloroso, PX, Virgin Oak
Casknumber
Batch 1
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
57.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 08 06 18
Barcode
5060568320069
Added on
24 apr 2018 12:40 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 496.12

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Whisky reviews for Glenallachie 10-year-old

77 users have left 78 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.25 points.

  1. Rony scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This whisky was my first introduction to glenallachie

    A nice fruity whisky with some chocolate influences and a light spiciness as a finish

  2. Seanzhang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Ashita scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very clean, with high sweetness and clear layers.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Sporx scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Light fruity, sweetish, clear alcohol sharpness

    taste
    Sweetish and then really sour, spicy, alcohol sharpness, alcohol poorly integrated

    finish
    Medium-long bitter-sweet spiciness

    If I had tried this batch of Glenallachie first, I probably wouldn't have found Glenallachie interesting at first...

  5. Tomek scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: eucalyptus, slightly smoky, alcoholic, red fruit in the background, vanilla

    Taste: glucose, cherries, almonds, cherries in spirit

    Finish: wash, chilli

    Rating: 2.5

  6. Kraddell scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Pours clear, medium gold. Scent is rather mild. Alcohol takes to the front a bit. Taste is very strong (alcohol)n milder wood. Very elegant aroma set, lovely but not outstanding. Some vanilla and honey. A bit to alcoholic for the taste intensity.

  7. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quite a good starter batch, not as much sherry influenced as expectet.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Fruits, grapes, caramel, honey, ripe apples, some ripe banana, chocolate.
    • Taste
      Ripe apples, raisins, honey, some ripe pineapple, some nuts and caramel.
    • Finish
      Medium. Some pepper, some sweet berries.

  8. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  9. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant to the eye dark color. You can see the influence of the sherry casks. Whisky quite oily.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Rich, full, intense. A sea of dark fruit aromas. Rather sweetish. Feel the impact of PX barrels. Very pleasant. Alcohol pretty hidden.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Aromas of dark fruit, cocoa, dark chocolate, some wood. However, the strength of the alcohol is slightly covered and makes itself felt strongly. Very peppery tongue. Surprise after this distillery. My expectations were different.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Aromas similar to those on the tongue - cocoa, chocolate, dark fruit and wood. Slightly less spicy, but still too high.

  10. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Complex and layered with a nice development. On the other side, the palate is boisterous, almost restless. An overload of sometimes conflicting flavours vying for attention. Still, I quite like this one!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity with banana, citrus fruits and pineapple. A distinct note of nutella, followed by honey, lemonade and caramel.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite hot and restless, but with a broad array of flavours: bitter herbs (oregano), peppermint, winegums, banana schuimpjes (marshmellows?), bitter oranges. Has a slightly dirty edge with metallic notes and a whiff of sulphur.
    • Finish
      86 86
      More spicy and peppery, but creamy at the same time. Mint chocolate, bramble jam and apple juice. A kind of fermented sweetness.

  11. MaroFF scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Whisky slightly disappointing for me. It seems to have this power, it feels like everything you would expect from PX and American oak barrels, but in my opinion it lacks this outstanding finish, which may cause too short aging. The alcohol I sense at the very beginning of being with her causes a slight disappointment. Admittedly, after diluting it with water, it gained more refinement and delicacy, but this is still not what I was hoping for. I certainly won't buy it, at least for that much money.
    • Nose
      79 79
      sweet, raisins, vanilla, quite clear, alcoholic
    • Taste
      81 81
      chocolate, honey, rye flour, coffee grounds, young oak
    • Finish
      80 80
      long, honey, but not too sweet, again oak, bitterness with marmalade aftertaste and a pinch of chili

  12. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/05/28/whisky-galore-part-1-2/

    Having first tried this batch #1 back in August 2018, how could we not compare it with the [previous] ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ batch #4?

    N: Crikey, this is even more formidable than batch #4, but then just check out that bottling strength! Then again, this one is nicely consolidated after being opened – though taped & sealed – for around three years. Though sharing the same cask mix [on paper] as batch #4 and a similar profile, I find this one less cask overt [engineered] and with a firmer lactic ‘mineralactic’ vanilla-ey Linkwood/Mannochmore character.

    T: It’s hot, reminding me of that early Founder’s Reserve Arran [WLP] that we Swagger’s enjoyed recently. Being spritely and spiky, with water then, it’s more chalky,,…

    F: ,.. and then coppery dry becoming slightly gacky/grimy with the feeling of a milky film forming at the roof of the mouth after the porridgy mash,… still a metallic edge, tobacco,…

    C: A very decent slugger if less refined than batch #4.

  13. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. leeho scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. blacknapkins scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sherry, wood tones, citrus, boiled sweets, creme brulee, orange, grain, heather, wood tones, vanilla
    • Taste
      blood orange, currants, cloves, milk chocolate, wood, citrus, currants, watery

  17. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. kanpai79 scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Gous scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Quite diverse range of flavors, well blended, nice fruitiness at the beginning that then goes into floral and nutty. Everything underlined with natural vanilla. The start is strong, it tolerates water well.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peach, apricot, slightly floral, hint of leather, vanilla pod, slightly grassy, fresh batter, a little soy sauce, slightly nutty, banana, coconut flakes
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pepper, oily, lemon, honey, vanilla
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, dry, honey, peach, slightly grassy, hint of cinnamon, hint of hazelnut

  22. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Since I discovered the single cask bottlings of Glenallachie I am curious to find out more about the core range as well.
    • Nose
      88 88
      An odd nose to me. Odd but pretty good. Fruity flavors in combination with hints of mint, raisins and vanilla. A bit dirty to my opinion.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spices enter the stage in the mouthfeel. Good balance between spices and sweet flavors. Powerful
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long. Slightly bitter and dry.

      Conclusion: pretty good also in relation to the price.

  23. RobbievdB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    You defenitely pick out the Virgin oak in the CS Glenallachie making it quite woody and spicey. There is quite some fruitiness starting midpalate and in the finish and those parts I like the best. The nose is stinging and early plate, but time and hand warmth instead of water make it a tad easier. Decent, but I like the standard 12yo better.

  24. Gschwartz86 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Really is a great whisky. Very little alcohol burn, rich but not overpowering. Lots of great sherry notes...carribean spices in the long finish are quite unique. I also get some delish nutty notes.

    Really does a lot for this bottle to open up and oxygenate. On first opening I would have rated it an 84. But once it opened up it was easily an 88. Don't give up on this one.

  25. Funtik scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    very sweet

  26. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  27. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I miss the sweetness that the PX barrel promises. Too many Virgin Oak influences for my taste. Overall a rather dry drop, but you can deal with it. Not exactly out, but also not unusually complex.
    • Nose
      86 86
      It comes fruity, almost a little floral. I have some pineapple and a hint of sandalwood. The alcohol stings a bit, but that's okay for the 57 percent.
      Water reduces the alcoholic note.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The fruits come first, then the alcohol explodes and gives the whole thing a peppery note before the wood takes over and slowly fades away.
      The peppery remains with water, but the other aromas come out more clearly, now you can also taste the sherry casks: a bit nutty, you can guess chocolate notes.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Woody, slightly astringent. It's been a long time.

  28. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Ostap scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A complete victory for Virgin Oak! The oak kills everything, making this whisky too bright and aggressive. It is difficult to enjoy. At first it seemed prettier than in the end.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruit pile, perfume, saturated, oak, dust, rose jam, pretty bright aroma, vanilla, orange jam, a little lacquer, dichlofos, dried fruits, greens (sorrel?), Duchess pear. Over time, the oak overwhelms everything and displaces everything else.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Citrus lollipops, a bunch of peppers, fleshy, sour, oak, vanilla, salted caramel.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Pepper, salted caramel, iris, vanilla, citrus, oak, warms, medium.

  30. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Delicious thing. I liked it
    • Nose
      When pouring out a canned peach and honeydew melon came out of the glass.
      The glass itself then comes with movement, a nice, boiled, light fruit aroma. Plus lots of honey, vanilla and wax. In the background there is a musty wood aroma. Plus marzipan and juicy orange. A little fresh mint is added. Just got some of these refreshment sticks.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy start. The first thought is peppered honey. The alcohol gets through a little. May he with the percentages too.
      Sugared fruit compote. Sugar water with light roasted aromas.
      The second sip brings more bitter wood. Now has something of sweetened apple tea. It also dries out at the back. Has something of a dry biscuit now.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Here too, sweet and spicy. Subtle bitterness. Gets dry. The sweetish mouthfeel remains.

  31. LordIslay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Surprisingly good malt for a price around 50 €.
    A 10-year limited edition Cask Strengh, which despite its high alcohol content is a very good dram in the overall package.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Caramel, chocolate
    • Taste
      86 86
      Vanilla, honey, citrus
    • Finish
      86 86
      Fruity fresh, long-lasting, pleasant despite the 57.1%

  32. Islaywolf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    easy to drink. A summer whisky!
    Price / offer: Very good"
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla honey, caramel ...!
    • Taste
      85 85
      On the tongue he reminds me of fruit chewing gum.
      At first the alcohol comes sweet, but very balanced and not too strong for 57.1%!
    • Finish
      84 84
      Here you notice his 57.1% a little stronger, but good.

  33. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  34. MrNachbar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    My first Glenallachie. Not the 12, not the 18, not the highly praised 25er or even the hyped and yet very expensive special bottlings from 1989 or 1990. No, a simple 10s and in strength. I was simply interested in barrel selection and also what Billy Walker made of it. I think the 10 is very successful. Grasp strength has been a must for me for some time and why not try a young malt. I think Billy Walker has done everything right here. Here, a malt was created, which has much to offer for its price. From me as a lover of old first fill Sherry Monter with at least 21 years there are still respectable 88 points and a clear buy recommendation. Slainte! :)
    • Nose
      Phew! There's something going on in the nose! Honey, vanilla, barley malt, the alcohol with its 57.1% pushes neatly and cools slightly in the nose. Tender wood and again massive honey. Over time, light delicate spicy notes come through. Reminds me of the Balvenie Single Barrel from the Bourbon Cask, but with more power. With a little water tender caramel notes come through and he is a little more complacent and "rounder". But very voluminous and strong in the nose. You definitely notice its origin from three different barrels
    • Taste
      Bääm! With a good kick the Glenallchie pushes. There's something on the palate. The 57.1% are very present, but it does not burn on the tongue. The sweetness of the nose continues on the palate. The sweetness of honey and vanilla tops everything in the beginning, but soon makes room for the caramel and the typical virgin oak notes. Very delicate and playful sweetness and spice change each other. Who will be the winner here in the end?
    • Finish
      For a ten-year whisky, the Glenallachie holds a very present in the mouth. This is of course due to his alcohol content. Now the notes of fine wood and delicate herbs are added to the sweetness. I mean to imagine something floral. In any case, the mouth becomes slowly drier, so that a pleasant mouth feeling remains, in which one thinks to have rinsed his mouth with a mouthwash. For me, the Glenallachie is still present for quite a long time.

  36. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  37. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  38. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] Glenallachie offers a lot of new releases since the new owners took over - they want to replicate their success with Benriach and Glendronach (to sell the distillery for a hell of money once it got a good reputation). For us drinkers this is great because we have a lot of choices to drink stuff of a rather unknown distillery so far...

    ...and this is an easy drinkable but not really impressive composition. It offers the typical rather wood-driven modern style where the malt flavours play a marginal role only. The mouthfeel and finish is sub-standard, but both nose and taste are okay for such a dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a modern wood-driven profile with lots of spices and some tannins that is complemented by barley sugars and sour winey aromas. Not too bad but neither complex nor impressive, to be honest. But hey, this is a just 10-years old and given this age it is absolutely okay.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is quite simple too but it is nicely composed as a mixture of wooden, sherry and malt-driven flavours. The woods and sherry are a little too dominat for my taste buds and marginalise the malt flavours somewhat, but this is the new whisky "zeitgeist" I am afraid. Nonetheless, easy drinkable...
    • Finish
      83 83
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot due to the high abv (57,1%) but not really coating. The finish is rather short and mainly driven by the sherry flavours without distracting moments. Some water turns the nose even punchier while more water flattens it quickly (like the taste) - actually, I like this dram best when neat.

  39. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    83
    The case when a couple of drops of water will be very useful, but still very alcoholic and sharp.

  40. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Phew, not so much for lovers of the very classic whisky style, who like to drink pure CS.
    • Nose
      The alcohol crushes here a lot, banana, light toffee, vanilla, fresh malt, waxy notes, young oak, almonds
    • Taste
      Almond milk, strong, dry, fresh caramel and nougat, marshmallows, honey, fresh, slightly sweet malt, banana chips, vanilla, almonds, marzipan, parchment
    • Finish
      Dry, dry oak (young), malt, green apple, toffee, hazelnuts, cocoa shavings, medium-long

  41. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and strong dram, with some pleasant sweet and fruity notes.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, sweet warm popcorn, burnt nuts, caramel, spicy, later on some fruitiness, lemon, overripe banana.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pretty smooth initially for such a high Abv, but later on the pepper comes in very strong. Sweet, full taste, peach, tropical fruits, honey.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Light pepper now, strong, fruity and sweet, vanilla, peach, biscuits. Long finish, spicy.

  42. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    A good, straightforward barrel with a pleasant lollipop-fresh fresh profile.
    • Nose
      Bright, fresh, lollipop-fruity, first closed, later becoming brighter, fruit, a little coconut and fruit lollipops, honey.
    • Taste
      Sour, immediately turning into sweet, tart, flowers and candy, a piece of wood.
    • Finish
      Pepper, fruit, malt, bitterness of dark chocolate.

  44. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  45. praisethepasta scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    a whisky that starts of quite good and gets better and better over time. Versatile, rich and round and it can take water quite well. excellent value for the money as a big bonus!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Red fruit, malty, grainy biscuit-y with some sweetness (honey, barley sugar), strong spices and butterscotch as well. Adding water brings out more of the sweeter honey notes.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is more fruity than the nose, alongside some sweet (vanilla?, barley sugar) and biscuit notes. Adding water pushes the grainy notes more to the front, and it becomes a bit more dry in the arrival and development.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, rich and round, oily, with a faint metallic note

  46. LeChiffre scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Powerful spicy-sweet malt, which definitely tolerates some water. Then he releases interesting flavors. Overall, a delicious treat.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Honey sweetness; beautiful multi-layered fruit mix (light, exotic); Herbs; spices; a little vanilla
    • Taste
      84 84
      powerful start; very sweet (honey, vanilla); then increasingly spicy; slightly dry
    • Finish
      83 83
      very spicy; sweet; increasingly slightly tart oak flavors

  47. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Initialy this one needs time. Don’t hold back waiting 15 minutes before starting. But what a developement during the waiting! This is well worth buying and worth every penny! Just 10 years but it is so complete already. It is evolving constantly, it’s complex, it’s Multilayered and it sticks to the palate. Man o man this is classy stuff!
    • Nose
      Initialy there is quite a lot of alcohol dominating the nose. Time is key. But every time i’m taking a short sniff while i wait, there is a different smell to be noticed! Beautiful stuff! It’s fresh, it’s full flavoured and behind the initial nose there is a very smooth and complex dram! A hint of wood, fresh fruits and it somehow reminds me of nougat. There is also a hint of that typical sweet bourbon smell.
      Water can flatten the nose a bit. So easy on the water!
    • Taste
      At first it’s suprisingly well rounded, full and soft. A short moment later the alcohol pops in and how...okay this one does need water, although the nose tells me otherwise. The taste does get better/more accesible with water. It gets more creamy. Grass, fresh wood and red fruits come through. There are some rough edges though but nothing to worry about.
    • Finish
      Spicy, Woody, medium dry finish. I guess this part breaths a lot of sherry influence. Finish is evolving for quite a while. Very pleasant!

      I first had this one at a masterclass with Billy Walker himself. The man is very transparant about the choices they made and why. The stuff they are bringing to the market is high quality stuff. In my opinion the younger versions are the ones to look out for! This 10yo cs and the 12yo at 46% are top of the league at this moment. The 18yo and 25yo did not impress me that much yet. For the price you pay, you’d expect more depth and complexity of these older ones.

  48. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  49. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  50. Martin1965 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Pear, vanilla, rosehip
      diluted to 50% with water
    • Taste
      Honey, spices, fruit jam
    • Finish
      Mttellang and Spicy

      Average barrel size

  51. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      A sweet mix of honey, clear vanilla and butter biscuits is the first thing I notice. Add to that limes, herbs, freshly toasted bread and a sweet white wine. With a bit of time and two or three drops of water, the malt opens and looks fuller and sweeter, producing roasted almonds and an unripe peach. The high alcohol content is very well integrated and almost unnoticeable in the nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      On the tongue, the Batch 1 pushes forward with its 57.1% Vol., But is also very sweet and dominated by the vanilla. An intense but not burning tingle on the tongue sets in. In addition, the malt is very oily and brings with it a lot of wood influence. There are also pears and dark chocolate. With water then some roasted aromas that I perceive. Again, the malt benefits from the water and becomes sweeter and fuller.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long and nicely warming with wood, baking cocoa and honey.

  52. Dramtastisch scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Vanilla sugar, heather / herbs, chocolate, green apples, the alcohol is well integrated, with water is added honey and marzipan
    • Taste
      84 84
      Creamy, chocolate, spicy / acidity (green apples), oily
    • Finish
      82 82
      long-lasting, oily, honey, light bitterness, dry

  53. The Prophet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A truly amazing dram with a lot more depth and complexity than its age could make you expect. Intense fruity flavours with hints of honey. Having a core range whisky at cask strength is always a clever move!

  54. mandragoru scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet malt, a little grassy, a bit fruity. It needs a bit of time to open up. In the background there is marzipan and some marshmallow. With water: It all tames down a bit, and it gets more open. The vanilla and marshmallows are more prominent.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet and round. There is a little tropical fruitiness. It is young but it is a good young one. With water: It turns a bit more spicy. There is honey and again some fruitiness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long length. It's sweet, mellow and rounded. Quite some fruity notes. But also a good deal of wood influence, without getting tannic. With water: there is more influence of the malt, but overall it stays simular.

  56. KonstUA scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22 Taste 22 Finish 21 Balance 21

  57. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Not bad (85)
    Go
    • Nose
      Chocolate and grass, dried fruit and vanilla ... dry board and sour ... malt ... cardboard (21)

      Go
    • Taste
      Sour fruits, spices and chocolate (21.5)
    • Finish
      Sour, spices and overripe dried fruits ... raspberry jam on a dry board ... varnished lollipop (21.5)

  58. Jonas.G scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  59. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Deeper aromas and more wood on the nose than the 12-year-old. Noses older despite being younger. More musty, less overtly sweet. Whereas the 12 buries the vegetable elements under a sugary blanket, this one greets you with artichoke and zucchini right off the bat. The same strong toffee notes as the 12, but less of the Haribo / fruit gum sweetness. Also a pronounced herbal side. Water doesn't much improve the nose, I'd say.

    In the taste, the virgin oak comes through more strongly than it does in the 12-year-old, and as a side effect, it makes it harder to enjoy undiluted, as things get rather prickly real quick. Pity, that. Sweet attack, turns then herbal and tart when the alcohol kicks in. Fades out with a mentholated echo that, sadly, carries more of an alcoholic than a cask-flavor note. Things improve somewhat with water, and I like that the CS version is bolder in its embrace of tart, mineralic, and vegetable flavors (this would do great as a bracing apéritif), but on the whole, I find the 12-year-old's development more convincing. With the 12, you get a real "three-stage-whisky" that affords you a different experience on the front-, mid-, and back-palate. This one is more curt and less subtly engineered. A louder, but abridged version, you could say.

    The finish is not quite as spectacular as with the 12, but it's very good. Quite a big reach and decent length as well. Can't miss it, that's for sure.

    Ach, I'm torn. Can't we just get a version that has the nose of the 10 CS and the taste of the 12?

  60. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    While this Glenallachie has the appeal of an entry Speysider, with a brutal strength like this, you have to add water. While doing this may snuff out many Speysiders or similar distillates, in this case it benefits from it, as the oakiness recedes on the nose and palate – more drastically on the former though. Not sure if this could hold my interest for the life-span of a whole bottle however.
    • Nose
      Sweet apples and pears – like compote. Associations of waxes and dusty attics, toffee, and heather honey. With water: more tropical: papaya and honeydew. A slight oaken acidity is emerging now to, as the virgin oak is getting more pronounced here. Vanilla overtakes toffee and honey as well.
    • Taste
      Quite tannic, lacking sweetness. The apples and pears are rather tart here. With water: turns fruitier and similar to the nose, more tropical. Lots of yellow fruits, plums and papaya primarily. The dryness is receding somewhat.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Vanilla and orange tee. Mild caramel and tannins linger on.

  61. Gloin scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The nose dominates the alcohol too strong, but the underlying flavors are an interesting fruit mix, which unfortunately remains somewhat unclear.
    In the mouth, the alcohol is even more brutal, it is not well integrated and becomes the dominant element he should never be.
    The alcohol does not subside until it leaves and leaves room for a bitterness that is astonishing for old age.

    Rarely do I dilute a whisky with water, but with this it almost crowds.

    With water, the nose is softer, but also one-sided. This continues in the mouth and finish. Although he gets a good drink, he loses his expressive power.

    The whisky is inharmonious due to the strong alcoholic notes, maybe a few more years maturing would have been good. I'm not sure.
    • Nose
      It starts with an alcoholic note ... so wait. The alcoholic sharpness does not disappear completely, but now the flavors behind it can be recognized. Peach, lime, pine needles, honey, some citrus, further darker red fruits, blackberry perhaps in the background, delicate hints of wood

      With water: much milder, a fine almond note appears, the fruits recede, leaving a slightly acidic multi-vitamin mix
    • Taste
      Powerful approach, burning on the tongue, the rather light body does not quite fit the force, a little oak, again blackberry, some orange, everything remains indistinctly hidden behind the sharp alcohol

      With water: the burning disappears, the whisky becomes sweeter, the orange a little stronger
    • Finish
      Oak, lime, surprisingly pronounced bitterness, towards the end some sweetness

      With water: gentler, the bitterness less pronounced

  62. zzs0529 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Young and energetic "new" winery entry wine
    • Nose
      Very vibrant lime, green grapes, sweet taste, but with a little spice spicy
    • Taste
      Very strong body, rich in oily texture, passion fruit, yellow lemon, slightly honey and licorice
    • Finish
      Medium to long, slightly creamy chocolate, even with a bitter taste.

  63. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a beautiful solid malt,
    he needs quite a few drops of water but be careful because it makes the bitter notes come out stronger
    • Nose
      Vanilla, sherry, slightly oak, dusty, peppery, sweet, later comes a malting touch
      with water: more vanilla, banana
    • Taste
      oily and powerful on the palate
      good spicy, full pound banana !!! great, slightly raisin, slightly sweet, sherry is stronger, you notice the alcohol
      with water: malty, oak
    • Finish
      long
      Oak, sherry, slightly bitter, roasted aromas (coffee?), Becomes astringent
      with water: bitter, later beautiful berries

  64. hedonisto scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    value
    • Nose
      87 87
      fruity, exotic (pineapple ?), apple, citrus fruit, oatmeal ( both virgin oak and PX Casks)
    • Taste
      86 86
      nutty , fat, pure (it´s a cask strength), full , quite complex, dry, with water added, there comes up banana, beautiful texture
    • Finish
      85 85
      intense, medium long, hay and fruit again

  65. ailean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I can be very brief about this whisky. For his price, this is one of the best on the market at the moment. I have already tasted a lot that cost double that can not compete.

  66. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/relaunch-glenallachie/

    N: Sweet biscuit and dry oils [whatever they are], but adding water gets those oils running. Later it’s firmly on coppery raisins [rather Mannochmore-esque once again].

    T&F: Sweet to taste [more Inchgower-like now], grainy/floury and a touch of fusty malty cereals.

    C: It’s nice to see a similar profile/character running through all three of these newly released expressions.

    Scores a C+

  67. The Macallan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Interesting stuff

  68. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      intense virgin oak, fresh wine, sweet floral note
    • Taste
      82 82
      astringent virgin oak, corn syrup sweetness, weak honeysuckle, very young
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium. syrupy body, sweet vanilla, understated grain character

  69. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Yes, that's my prey scheme, the Virgin Oak gets through much more than the sherry casks and that's a good thing. And nice crispy bar strength, which tolerates water well, but does not need. 50-55 € is not cheap, but I still find reasonable and hope that the price in the future decreases a bit. Omit sherry barrels, 5-10 € down, I'm in.
    • Nose
      starts something weird, cooked vegetables (cauliflower / kohlrabi?) with herbs, then goes slowly towards grain, honey, cookies ... the 57.1% bite a bit, I still try a drop of water - good decision - is more open, spicy, ginger, cloves, a touch of marjoram and maggi, sugar cookies (baked a little too long), coconut, sweetish-woody
    • Taste
      I do not have to dilute it either, but it does not hurt either, slightly burned sugar-vanilla-coconut cookies, in short, apple / pear compote, cozy spiciness (cinnamon, cloves, pepper), on the palate a little sugar beet syrup, later good oak , strong, full-bodied
    • Finish
      medium to long, again the fruit compote, then spicy & warming-spicy (for the strength but quite gentle)

  70. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    The PX barrel hardly plays a role here, the American oak dominates. Who likes that, is in good hands here. He can handle a lot of water! With the 12er I could start more. The 10er seems to me to be something more advanced. Beginners like me better reach for the 12er
    • Nose
      83 83
      first very similar to the 12er, but then it changes significantly, which is probably due to alcohol. Pungency ... menthol, ginger, bouillon cubes, sweetness ... light pineapple ... everything is too much of the alcohol superimposed. First, a neat shot of pure water.
      The remains somehow locked ... an acidic fruit note comes to white gummy bears, it is spicy ... Nutmeg ... a little clove, slightly malty, but still piercing.
    • Taste
      85 85
      creamy, slightly tingling, clear barrel, light sweetness, nutty, dry, dark dried fruit in the background, slightly metallic
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium to long, dry, woody, light sherry, not unpleasant

  71. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  72. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    interesting, tasty nose - but still noticeable youth and very Virgine Oak stressed, the SMWS in my taste buds often better (balance) - with 50 € in the middle of 2018 but extremely fair prizes
    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet and flowery, light glue note, a little coconut cream, intense complex confused fruit note from citrus fruit to dried fruit (dates) - every kind of barrel is clearly perceptible to the nose

      with a few drops of water - it gets sweeter and creamier - Panna Cotta - coconut cream, tree sap,
    • Taste
      85 85
      very distinct Virgine Oak expression - freshly sawn green wooden boards, glue, - cooked pear and apple, cinnamon, clove, pepper - the sherry barrel is rather reserved on the palate - in the smallest sips to enjoy pure - water makes it wholesome - but diluted that too Fruity out
    • Finish
      86 86
      dry, spicy, lively, fruity - for its age significantly over medium

  73. maltaholic scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    He would have tolerated a few years in the barrel from my point of view. I'm looking forward to the older bottlings ...
    • Nose
      The flavor is a little sweeter, not quite as fruity as the 12-year-old, rather sweet, with vanilla in the foreground.
    • Taste
      Taste intense, the wood predominates, something burns on the tongue, alcoholic, young.

  74. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Dynamic, fruity whisky, but the virgin oak is a bit much.
    • Nose
      Big of waxy fruits, honey, caramel, malt, oak and spices.
    • Taste
      Powerful, sweet and spicy. Honey, malt, lot of spices and fruits. Gerbeaud.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, sweet.

  75. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  76. Ed Radour scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  77. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The recently released Glenallachie begins with a beautiful interplay of sweet fruit notes, roasted malt and strong spices. The high-potency alcohol (57.1%) is well integrated, only a slight cooling was perceptible after pouring for a few minutes in the nose. The aroma is very voluminous: hints of red fruits, rose hips, red grapes, intense honey notes, pastries, caramel, abundant spices / herbs and delicate wood notes give the malt a nice level of complexity. The anticipation is rising!
    • Taste
      Very powerful and full-bodied. The texture is pleasantly soft, a slight dryness sets in after a few seconds. The sweet notes from the nose are also very present in the taste. The aromatic intensity and maturity are quite impressive. At no time does the malt seem sprightly, immature or too young. Rich caramel and honey notes dominate in the short term and are complemented by dark fruits, rose hips and malt. A touch of milk chocolate, many hard-to-define herbs / spices (maybe cloves?), Oak and a pinch of freshly ground pepper complete the aromatic variety. With a few drops of water, I like the Glenallachie a bit better (even softer, more fruity and sweeter, without noticeably losing strength). Great!
    • Finish
      At least medium-long, sweet-spicy and warming. With a delicate pinch of pepper on the sparkling tongue tip, the finish starts. Honey-rich sweetness and dark fruits as well as sherry notes gradually fade. With malt, caramel, milk chocolate, roasted aromas and spicy-kräutrigen notes sounds of the ten-year Glenallachie slowly. On the palate remains a slight dryness.

  78. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    T he comes back into the glass, I'm sure. For a 10-year bottling is not too much of youth here to feel, quite the contrary, balanced, intense and delicious, I would describe this aptly. Batch 1 is a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to the 12th, 18th and 25th.
    • Nose
      I 'm starting with the 10 CS of the new Core Range from GlenAllachie, because it somehow turned me on a lot. Cask strength simply has priority for me. First, I get a small cloud of alcohol, pulls in the nose, but does not make it uncomfortably wide, then dessert is served here at its finest. You have the feeling of a freshly baked cake is on the table or is it custard and honey? Intense sweet, almost sugary with a touch of Rumaroma. But I can not really see a clear fruit anywhere. After some time there is still a kräutrige component to feel ... hidden, I would say something slightly green. In any case, the nose must be constantly on the glass, beautiful with a lot of intensity and volume, just thick!
    • Taste
      The start stays nicely intense, the sweetness continues completely. Custard sticks to the palate, I would close on a total high sugar content. In addition a variety of different spices, without which I could name these individually. Here comes the Honigarome something more to wear, by the slightly oily texture. If you leave the 10s a bit on the palate you get a bit of dark chocolate and a bit of dryness on the palate edge, but the pure sweetness complements it super. What you have to call again and again in the consciousness, is that this is a cask strength, the alcohol is for me only in the intense flavors to feel barely as alcohol, this is well involved. Since this is a combination of sherry and virgin oak, but I would appreciate the Virgin Oak share much higher. But the combination of both is a lot of fun. On water I have completely omitted the first attempt, I just did not think so, was not necessary.
    • Finish
      On the palate, the finish or the experience is relatively long-lasting, more than in the throat. The sweetness and a little bit of dryness stays behind and makes you happy after some time.

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