Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Oloroso, PX, Virgin Oak
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 08 06 18 / 3 11:31 BB
Added on
24 Apr 2018 12:44 pm by mandragoru

Average value

€ 107.68

28 × in wishlist

312 × member ratings

510 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 18-year-old

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.69 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] Somehow I am sceptical if a purely blend-oriented distillery offers a single malt core range from one day to another - just because the owner changed. This whisky was produced 18 years ago when nobody ever thought of a Glenallachie single malt bottling. So can this be really good?

    ...finally it is better than most other standard single malt whiskies these days, what is an achievement in itself. It is not really earth-moving but easy-to-drink and without any obvious flaw. Nevertheless this unknown malt (for the broader market) is completely overpriced according to my taste buds (but the investors want a return, what else?)...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose offers a washy-malty profile with delicate heather honeys, barley sugars, some shy herbs and the smell of a well-equipped flower shop in the midst of summer. It is not really bold and impressive but it is balanced and enjoyable. After some time of breathing an interesting and delicious aroma of roasted coffee beans pops up...
    • Taste
      85 85
      The palate is rather two-dimensional on sugary sweet and bitter herbal (tannins from the wood) flavours. If you chew it for a while the roasted coffee beans flavour pops up again which is quite nice. Water turns the dram smoother and releases some additional milk chocolate and less bitter flavours. I like it best somewhat reduced.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a slightly bitter-astringent feeling from heavy tannins. The finish is of medium length with more shy milk chocolatey flavours and a slightly astringent end (tannins again).

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I do not like - the nose is too common for my age and the price range - with patience you will find a few nice flavors here, but on the palate and finish it falls even further. I am glad that I do not have 10cl or even a bottle of it.

    Really very intense he is for his alcohol content - who the style is - because the price may go ok - not for my taste.
    • Nose
      Apple, apple cider vinegar, flour dust, artificial not particularly pleasant citrus note, as I know of many modern flora & fauna bottlings from the Bourboncask and there already did not like, citrus peel, multivitamin candies, cheap multivitamin "nectar", then again beautiful citrus oil and orange oil, sweet curly Grass, ripe mild wood notes, tea and flower aromas - unfortunately very hidden behind the obtrusive ZItrusnote that exerts on me the charm of a toilet block
    • Taste
      fresh - mint, pepper and citrus oil bring pleasant freshness, walnut shells, Grapefriutschale, equally noticeable bitterness on the palate - I do not feel it is too bitter - but especially delicious just not, beautiful creamy oak, sweet sour basic note with a light ZItronenaroma - The association probably comes from the mint oil, to light sherry notes - but these flash only briefly, then drown in citrus and bitter grapefruit peel.

      he tingles - as of coal acid on the palate - a mixture of spice and Sprittigkeit

      I do not like what I like -
    • Finish
      brings me nothing new, medium to long, but mostly bitter - everything else is subordinate to that for me (I've already had half a dram yesterday, there it was as well)

  3. Likudi scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

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

  4. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An uncomplicated, easy-drinking single malt from The GlenAllachie. A dram that may disappoint fans of (heavily) sherried whiskies, but which offers the opportunity to capture more subtle flavours that have not been overpowered by the sherry, such as honey, vanilla, toffee and yellow fruits. A whisky that is good to spend time with.

    I thank Kirsch Import e.K. for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      Sweet on the nose with vanilla and butterscotch. With time, citrus fruits emerge, accompanied by toffee, icing sugar, a touch of oak and ginger, with a pinch of cinnamon and marzipan in the background.
    • Taste
      Creamy and sweet on the palate with honey, sultanas, peach and toffee. This is accompanied by a warming spiciness with oak, nutmeg and pepper. Some marzipan and traces of dark chocolate linger towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long lasting, creamy sweet and warming with vanilla, fruit jam, toffee and some dry oak.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water, more citrus fruits on the nose, accompanied by vanilla and toffee. Still sweet and creamy on the palate, but also clearly spicier with oak, pepper and nutmeg. Fruity with apricot and plums, some marzipan and a pinch of cinnamon. The finish is a little shorter, creamy and sweet with fruit jam and warming spices.

  6. RobbievdB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is the best part of this 18yo Glenallachie. The nose and first half of taste give quite some fruits, mainly oranges and apples. But also something sour like vinegar. Midpalate the fruity vinegar aromas continue but it also turns bitter with quite some bitter spices like pepper, nutmeg and bitter wood. Not very complex and a profile you have to like to justify it’s price.

  7. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Had this at a digital tasting with glenallachie.
    It is quite interesting, sweet and oaky. But for that price I can get better balanced whiskys. Still nice.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Quite easy on the nose.
      Eucalyptus and Mint, oak, vanilla, orange cest, butterscotch.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very juicy and mouthwatering, and quite dry, also very sweet again, white chocolate, cocoa powder, dark fruits,
    • Finish
      85 85
      This is a nice finish but not to complex. Oak driven and spicy, but not unpleasant, then vanilla and orange cest is quite present, pear jam?. Cool but not to exciting.

  8. Gloin scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The smell is very pleasant with little surprises and depth, but stimulating and delicious.
    In the mouth is a little less pleasing, the sulfur is a slight false note for me.
    The departure is a bit inconsequential.

    Whisky does not hurt anyone, but it does not inspire anyone. To drink it casually, he is quite nice, but for the enjoyment something is missing.
    • Nose
      Fruity, a lot of peach, some lime, some raspberry, behind it vanilla, only a little oak, all soft and beautiful,
    • Taste
      Fairly mild onset, soft body, delicate tickling on the tongue, slight oak note, noticeable sulfur, apricot and peach, dates, malt
      in the second sip the sulfur has disappeared
    • Finish
      Something oak, the sulfur sounds only slightly, malt, apricot, slight bitterness, not too long

  9. didi1893 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A sentence with "x", that was probably nothing. This malt is just too bitter for me, only the nose could convince halfway. White pepper is still sticking to the palate, bitter and tart wood elements mingle with sour citrus fruits. With a lot of good will, I award 80 points today ...

    21/19/20/20 (80P)
    • Nose
      Pale amber shines in the glass while an oily streak forms on the glass wall, from which small drops gradually dissolve. Creamy toasty aromas rise, malt and vanilla blend with hints of slightly sour fruit flavors. The nose is relatively one-dimensional, from time to tickle the alcohol discreetly in the nose. Citrus fruits blend with a slightly grassy and floral aroma, slowly appearing dried dates and raisins. For a moment, naturally-fermented apple juice comes to my mind ...
    • Taste
      Herb and bitter the first sip flows over the tongue, I fold my nose and make my face like if I would bite into the shell of a grapefruit ... What's that? Suddenly spicy mountain cheese stings through the bitter citrus aromas, tart wood tones stick to the palate, a touch of white pepper runs through the throat and lays sharp over the tongue. Rancid and bitter walnut flavors appear, the flavor of this Glenallachie is far too bitter and bitter.
    • Finish
      Herb, bitter, Grapefruit, ....

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Moderator

    Spicy and nutty - not bad
    • Nose
      85 85
      Nuts and raisins, old wooden cabinet, honeydew, little citric and floral, spices, hints of vanilla, little fruity, peach, banana, cookie dough
    • Taste
      85 85
      Punchy, subtle sweetness, fruity, more vanilla, peach, banana, apple, spices, little citrusy, more nutty and old wood
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long, warm, spicy, nutty, woody, more herbal, lemon zest


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