Glenallachie 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Oloroso, PX, Virgin Oak
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L 11 06 18
Added on
24 Apr 2018 12:41 pm by mandragoru

Average value

€ 47.63

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 12-year-old

101 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.24 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    When Billy Walker said in an interview that 'running GlenAllachie is fun', he caught my interest. Can you have a better motivation? With its selection of PX, Oloroso and virgin casks, the 12-year-old expression offers a busy nose. Fruity acidity, butterscotch and shortbread are followed by cinnamon, clay and fresh mint. Full-bodied, peppery and slightly mineral, the taste features banana, sage and hints of mocha. After Eights, citrus zest and jelly babies accompany the cask-dominated finish. There are no shortcuts to quality, and this malt is ticking all the boxes.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    After a huge disappointment in the 25YO I needed something to salveage my view on the new Glenallachie core range. Less than half the age, more than twice as good.
    Thanks to Slàinte Mhath for both the sample and the resurected faith in the brand.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Quite a lot going on here. And it's very ballanced, none of the casks have put in a very dominant component.
      Sherry notes on sweet red fruits. Zesty sweet tangerine and yellow fruits. A little sour fresh wood, with vanilla and cinnamon. Green banana peel.
      Just think of something you like in a whisky, and I'm sure you will pick it up here.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy texture.
      Arrives with more spice than let on by the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, white pepper.
      Immediately bold on dark chocolate, creamy butterscotsh, coffee. A mint leaf.
      Rounds of and becomes lighter from midway, then just as you think it will die off it gives a noticable but nice kick back on the spice after you swallow.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Nutty finish with some delicate fresh wood notes, not the tannic astringency usually found from fresh oak.
      Medium length with a final of sweet semi-dry nuts.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a young man who still dares to say his age!
    the nose is very pleasant, fruity (peach, tangy apple, cooked banana), malty, chocolate and vanilla, sensations of lemonade, acidulous candies
    the mouth is spicy, pepper and cinnamon, malt always present and cooked fruits (banana, peach)
    it's fresh, easy-going, barely bitterness
    chocolate again, a pastry recipe with caramel, marzipan and bread crumbs, in addition to the butter cream. A new smell of Haribo sweets a little sour too.a bit grassy too.
    the finish is good on malt, sweet almond, colorful fruits, it's intense for a 12!

  4. Gloin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The smell is fruity and pleasant, a mixture of light sweet notes and a gentle acidity.
    When tasting, I immediately think of a juicy green color, the sour impressions begin to dominate.
    The finish is pleasant, but not very versatile.
    Overall a good drinkable whisky without mistakes, but also without surprises.
    The fresh barrels dominate, the sherry can only be found in the second sip
    • Nose
      Apple, pear, grass, behind it sweet plums, vanilla, white wine vinegar, a hint of tangerine, a little spicy wood
    • Taste
      Cool, noticeable onset, light tingling, delicate astringent, slightly sour, citrus, sour apple, apple juice and some tart orange, slightly bitter caramel and woody notes, creamy, a hint of anise, in the second sip then sweeter fruits, strawberries and a lot of banana
    • Finish
      Caramel, light Nordic beer, tingling on the tongue, mellow apple, less sweet than in the taste, banana medium in length

  5. DerDennis! scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    This is a great 12 year old. Not too sweet, not too spicy, very nice to drink. Overall, very balanced. The palate gets what the nose promises. Great. The looks older ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      fresh, sweet, slightly spicy, honeydew melon, oranges, peppermint, malt, sour cucumbers, beetroot, clove, cinnamon. Great flavors here, very harmonious
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet, oily ... creamy, very light spicy ... white pepper, mint, grape nut chocolate, cherries and vanilla, no bitterness
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium long, nutty, woody ... nice sherry barrel

  6. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is quite malty with a domination of lillopops and caramel along with perfume, bananas and tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is sweet and spicy with notes of dates, brown raisins, milk chocolate followed by coffee nuances.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is medium length, somewhat spicy and sweet with notes of walnuts, black chocolate and slight bitterness.

  7. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A pleasant surpise to me. It's aromatic and offers a lot of flavour! The virgin oak works well with the PX and oloroso casks.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A pleasure to nose this one, so many aromas! It's floral and fruity: citrus and banana with vanilla and coconut. The virgin oak is speaking clearly! But there's also some coffee, caramel, baguette, clay and oregano.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Starts fruity on apples, peaches, grapes and bitter mandarins before several spices pop up: pepper, ginger and a generous dose of liquorice. Becomes quite oaky after a while, and also vegetal notes and chocolate cookies reveal itselves. A lively palate!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Apricot, vanilla, white chocolate and a fresh and refined spiciness: peppermint, aniseed and liquorice.

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh and dried fruit, apples, peach, dried apricots, sultana's, vanilla, cookie dough, mild nuttiness, some green tea and a faint note of marzipan.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Green apples, apricot, citrussy, vanilla, a malty barley note, overbrewed tea, spicy white pepper and some nutmeg.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length: vanilla, sour and sweet citrus, malty, spicy wood notes with pepper, nutmeg and a bit of clove.

  9. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The wooden rail was used. The trick also worked on the nose. But at the back it is too modern and not set enough. Too little body, but the PLV is ok. Because the age is commendable.
    • Nose
      Light, freshly cut wood with notes of vanilla and a little honey on the banana. Standard and briefly explained, but very appealing. Great nose. Respect.
    • Taste
      A little of everything but enough of nothing! Sherry? Well done on the palate just too flat. What it has is a dense network of malt and wort. The palate does not keep what the nose promised.
    • Finish
      Medium to rather short. It remains fruity and spicy but somehow minerally simple. It's a shame that he didn't hold out. Unfortunately not convincing me. Modern standard. PLV good.

  10. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Billy walkers new project. These new Glenallachie expressions are at best at younger age. The 10 cs batch 1 and this 12yo are very high quality for money if you ask me. In my opinion the 18 and 25 just don’t cut it.

    I have had the privilege of attending a master class of Billy walker himself in The Hague last year. What made a great impression on me was the excess of transparency. There are no secrets at all which is a very, very good thing. Choices they make, combinations of casks used etc.

    Well back to this whisky. If this is their ‘doorstep’ as a brand, a ‘get to know you better’ for us malt geeks, well I certainly do want to enter their premises!
    • Nose
      Well hello what an arrival! This is a very pleasant nose! It’s fresh, sweet, spicy, fruity floral. There is a lot going on inhere! My first impression is that the nose appears to be more mature then the stated age would suggest. I wouldn’t be suprised if there is quite a big volume of older whisky involved. This is complex stuff. You can tell that a lot of different cask types are involved.
      Apple pie, butter, Cream, orange, banana and vanilla. Also some hints of red fruit. And a fresh virgin cask twist.
    • Taste
      Creamy and well rounded. No flaws or rough edges. It is very friendly and well layered. All the different tastes are very well integrated. Orangepeel, ripe Banana’s. Buttery mouthfeel. Very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Medium-long length. Very wood spice influenced with cane sugar and some licorice. All the different types of wood seem to be passing the palate. Very pleasant. Top quality stuff!


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