Glenmorangie Allta

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
1st & 2nd Fill Bourbon Casks
51.2 % Vol.
100 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
30 Jan 2019 3:09 pm by TheWhiskyDungeon

Average value

€ 89.74

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Allta

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.26 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2019] The tenth and last bottling of the Private Edition series with Dr. Bill's experiments, so far I liked the first Sonnalta and the Artein best. And this time Dr. Bill confirms an old suspicion I ever had but that was always denied by all the whisky industry pro's I talked to: Yeast does matter! At least, this might be one explanation why so many old style drams taste differently (another one is: In older times they used barley with lower alcohol yields that most probably add more flavours than today's high-yield strains)...

    ...and indeed the nose offers some rather unusual old-style aromas that are rarely found in modern drams. But the casks killed both the taste and mouthfeel/finish with excessive bitter-drying wooden notes - only a few other flavours shine through hence the taste is rather simple. Not my style of whisky, but wood-heads will adore this (probably)...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers indeed a flavour that often can be found in older drams: It is floral-perfumy with hints of lavendar, melissa and camphor. Very interesting but most probably not to everybody's liking. Beside this there are delicious fruits, honeys and waxes in an appropriate wooden setting. Later fine chalky, earthy and mineralic notes join in that often can be found in old stylish drams, too.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The taste is bitter-sweet with more bitter than sweet notes. It is driven mainly by vanilla, herbal and tannic wooden flavours without significant other impressions. This is rather simple and for sure not due to the wild yeast (but due to aggressive casks, maybe some virgin oak?). To be honest, this is not to my liking - a typical "woodsky"...
    • Finish
      82 82
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating but with a significant drying-peppery touch (tannins at work) that is rather unpleasant. The finish is of short to medium length and adds more toffee and spicy flavours. The bitter-drying mouthfeel stays all the time throughout the finish. Water releases more of the interesting old-stylish aromas in the nose and turns the taste and finish less bitter - I like this dram best when reduced to about 40% abv.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Yeast plays a big role in the production of scotch whisky, For sure. Distillery tours really glaze over this, but distillers yeast is designed to be fast and efficient, and it is. Slower working yeasts absolutely have a big impact and a lot of evidence points towards this (I read something like 60% of flavour comes through fermentation). Clearly there was a big change in style sometime in the 80s when production was streamlined and many believe the change in yeast types is a main culprit. So it’s very cool to see this experiment, and hopefully it’s not the last!

    I think it’s just a little young but it’s very nice and I would definitely take this over most of Glenmorangie’s range to be honest. Chalky and mineral, actually I don’t think you would guess Glenmorangie blind because it’s more characterful. It reminded me of a young, naked Ben Nevis. Fruity, honeyed, a little floral with a nice chalky minerality. It’s just a bit young is all. Very cool, I’ll be watching Glenmorangie for another release of this.

  3. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Interesting, clear yeast and malt notes, but rather something to try out, do not need a bottle of it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Malty, yeast, little fruit, pleasant.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, fat, malt notes, a little one-dimensional.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, slightly drier, well.

  4. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  5. jan.berg scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: golden yellow
    Viscosity: oily
    Dram: undiluted and diluted

    The tenth private edition of Glenmorangie now deals with the yeast. Personally, I find it super exciting to find out the influence of the individual components and I have to say that I also think that it tastes different than the other Glenmos. I also think it's good that you have used second and third fill barrels to emphasize the influence. Overall, it tastes a lot more of pastry notes and the vanilla comes through even more. I personally like it really, really good and from my point of view it is one of the most exciting bottlings from the private series.

    My rating system:
    100-95: Exceptional whiskys
    80-94: top whisky
    50-79: standard whisky
    0-49: flops
    • Nose
      Fruity, fresh first impression paired with a certain maltiness that flows out of the nosing glass, I find it is significantly more fruity than comparable Glenmos, plus tropical light fruits, melon, mango, apricots and mandarins are the first things I notice. In addition, there is a certain "breadiness", so nice malt aromas, in my perception there are also notes of cookie dough and really buttery shortbread, freshly baked country bread, which has just come out of the oven, the higher alcohol content is clearly noticeable and causes a slight cooling the nose off, slightly acidic moments of gooseberries and light, unripe grapes, strong forest honey, with water more grassy notes are added, in addition to that, notes of freshly scraped vanilla pods, vanilla crescents, cake icing, cotton candy, really creamy sweet it now comes out of the nosing glass , Shortbread, light waxy moments, something like beeswax
    • Taste
      Really nice fruity notes that are carried by an unbelievable sweetness, grandma's custard with a light potpourri of a fruit compote, apricot jam, sweetened peaches from the jar, ripe grapes, this extreme sweetness cannot come from the barrels, but is clearly made by the wild yeast caused, the alcohol carries the aromas wonderfully and is super integrated, unlike in the nose, creme brûlée, cotton candy, cake icing, plus nice malty notes, like shortbread, vanilla croissants, really strong creamy honey, not grilled marshmallows, with water it becomes more sweeter and more vanilla, really like vanilla sugar, plus a nice caramel note of butterscotch, toffee candy
    • Finish
      The sweetness is also carried into the finish, it can be described as medium-long, the vanilla pudding remains with the fruit compote on top, becoming slightly bitter after chopped hazelnuts, almonds, and a little hotter after chili and freshly ground pepper

  6. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: Allta means “wild” in Gaelic, at least according to my research. Well, while the yeast may be wild, the whisky is not. Where can the yeast strainbe tasted? ... I don't think anywhere. In the mouth, the whisky is not really mine, otherwise it is absolutely drinkable. It's a really tasty Glenmorangie. Everything fine for me. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/01/27/glenmorangie-mit-prof-dr-tasting/
    • Nose
      Vanilla, apple, covered apple pie with powdered sugar, light wood tones. This is essentially the basic whisky that calls here, right? I would say yes.
    • Taste
      Herbs and bitter substances, a lot of wood too. It's a bit more expressive than the nose. The pastry or cake is also still present
    • Finish
      Really sweet. Also apple pits and some acid. The cake is now more of a lemon cake with icing. That is very pleasant.

  7. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    for that price, is it quite ok and I like that little uniqueness about it. Creamy, something like malty and feinty, could cope with more abv, but it is really enjoyable.

  8. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    great experiment, tried a sampler after reading the 2020 malt whisky year book.l
    • Nose
      88 88
      Glenmoragie Allta
      Green apple juice, ripe sour plums, malty, hey, hints of citrus notes. 88
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lemon sour mixed with yogurt sour, syrupy honey apple, very fruity and citrusy in its rich and oil in body, white pepper spices, rich citrus peel oil. Citrus and veggie bitterness. 87
    • Finish
      86 86
      Mint, citrus peel, some liqorice, hints of woody tannin. 86

  10. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    it does come across as an experiment, not in a wholly positive sense. in a line up it can be weird, by itself it's decent, certainly different, but I wouldn't want more than a sample.
    • Nose
      pretty sweet, perfumed, chalky, fruity. I would believe this was some kind of designer perfume. bit of yeasty maltiness, presents a bit newmake-y, though not in a particularly bad way, I don't think it can be more than about 7yo. mille feuille with slightly fermenting apples, pancakes with a little syrup, slight copper, chalk, slight fresh apricot, and rosewater. pretty pleasant with a little water.
    • Taste
      erm, not sure here, talcum powder and icing sugar at first, sweet, slightly chardonnay (not too oaky though), minerals continue but a bit too dominant, gets pretty floral too which is nice. Jackson05 compares it to a young naked BN which is quite a wise comparison (and let's not forget BN use some brewers yeast), though it's not as good -- this is also close to some of the young Waterford makes I tried recently.


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