- Single Malt
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
- Bottling serie
- Andalusian gazpacho
- Stated Age
- 09 years old
- Refill Ex-Oloroso Butt
- Number of bottles
- 65.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- The Spirit of Speyside Festival 2018
- Added on
- 02 May 2018 3:10 pm by Tauti
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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 2008 SMWS 107.13
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.70 points
- Needs water and air. A straight forward oloroso maturation.
(Dram in a bar)
- This Glenallachie has the colour of a sherry-bomb, but, there’s more than meets the eye here. Despite all the sherried goodness going on (and there is plenty of that), what I liked the most about this whisky was the additional aromas, favours, tones and graduations which make this both less sweet than your ‘run of the mill’ sherried number, as well as adding some surprising depths and nuances to explore. Optimus Prime would be proud.
Sherry, yes of course. But also a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings – topside of beef, dripping chips, rich gravy and roasted root vegetables. These are greeted by more ‘normal’ sherry aromas – chocolate, caramel, a host of dried berries figs and raisins. The addition of water adds even more of a greenhouse effect – more ripened berries, but also more vegetables (sun-dried tomatoes and sunflower seeds). A fascinating combination.
Rich and viscous delivering treacle, chocolate, soured cherries and a good measure of balsamic vinegar. The mid-palate again goes down the meaty path – beef stock, finishing jus and rendered fats. Water softens the fruit elements and adds further sherry influenced flavours – coffee grounds, raisins and sponge cake.
Medium in length, with chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Notes from the SMWS:
"First we noticed the bright golden autumn reddish/brown leaf colour before the engrossing scent of an Andalusian gazpacho followed by Moroccan beef stew with figs, almonds, dried fruits, olives and plenty of red wine made us all lick our lips to try it. Big, chewy and meaty like a pot-roasted beef with prunes and balsamic vinegar served with basil and pine nuts garnished gnocchi. Water added that ‘Christmassy feel’ of mince pies with orange and almondpastry as well as chocolate covered raisins, whilst the taste was that of rich coffee and date walnut cake and in the finish, orange and honey glazed dry roasted macadamia nuts."
Price May 2018: 55 GBP