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Glenmorangie Allta

Overall rating
84.52/100
votes
112
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
Bottled
26.10.2018
Casktype
1st & 2nd Fill Bourbon Casks
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L71301
Barcode
5010494949346
Added on
30 Jan 2019 3:09 pm by TheWhiskyDungeon
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 88,76

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112 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Allta

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.52 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. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale gold

    Do not skin me off, but purely aromatic already much more interesting, now please wait 12 years and that would probably be exactly my thing.
    • Nose
      This bottling also does not seem to be very old, something mellow is also to be found somewhere, but in the foreground is a bready note with some sourdough. Some candle wax, sage-sweets. Dry wood, resin. With more air breadier, tree juice.
    • Taste
      Sage comes through here, a bit of toast bread, violets, malt, harvested cereal fields, oat biscuits. Water can, but rather affects the nose.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Some sage, some bread, then old coffee. Well.

  4. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nice sweet and strong whisky, with some peach and orange, and initially a lot of caramel as well.
    Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. galg33 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nose: A lovely and rich nose, with a nice combination of sweetness and funkiness : citrus fruit and vanilla (mostly orange and grapefruit), candy (candy floss, and marshmallow) alongside spices (fresh ground peppercorns, cinnamon). There’s also orchard fruit, mainly green pear and some mint as well. Some people said it smelled a bit young (some new make-ish notes), but I found it quite balanced, and the wood not over-powering. This is clearly different than your average Glenmorangie. It is funky but don’t expect too much funk, it’s wild but not too wild..

    Palate: Oily and full with a fun combination of sweetness, citrus fruit, a nice maltiness, and sweet pastries alongside grapefruit , Scottish tablet, and a honeyed note which is nicely balanced by the lemony notes. There’s quite some wood indeed, but not overpowering, and i find it contributes to the balance and complexity. Fun stuff and easy sipping at 51.2% abv even without water.

    Finish: Medium length, with mint, wood spices, and lemon rind.

    Conclusion: A very successful experiment IMHO. While not overly ‘wild’ the Allta is highly drinkable and offers a different flavor profile than your average Glenmorangie. Among the better Private Edition of recent years. Always fun seeing such editions emerge from big whisky brands, who allow themselves to experiment with different parameters that affect the whisky.

  7. Coldorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Really a good surprise, I enjoyed the sample I was given by a friend.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity nose, on pineapple and banana, and vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slightly oily, with pepper, ginger and slight bitterness. Vanilla, fresh herbs, and banana again. A friend even find a "gummy bear" taste that is a good description of the bitter-sweet feeling. Really nice.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium finish on orange and spices

  8. Ainulindale scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    An interesting dram - worth tasting to see the effect of a change of yeast. Very surprisingly sweet
    • Nose
      83 83
      Pear and apples, background of vanilla and hint of pineapple
    • Taste
      85 85
      Tinge of alcohol, gummy bears, banana and caramel on vanilla and new wood. Very smooth and creamy texture.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Smooth finish on gummy bears

  9. craide scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Lighter, despite the 51% alcohol rather soft malt. Is a bit more restrained. Easy, tasty.
    But it does not take more than one sample.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Beautiful light floral notes, rich flower meadow with fresh, slightly sour bread dough, and a lot of vanilla, discreet sweet apricots
    • Taste
      83 83
      Creamy, already slightly olive. Fruity sweet with citrus, caramel, vanilla, light peppery spiciness.
      Relatively simple uncomplicated whisky. There is a lack of refinement and depth.
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium length, with lots of spice, full malt, fresh wet wood, and a light mint / menthol note which fades quickly.

  10. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The colour is dark gold. The nose starts with notes of bread and wort, and goes to sweet-earthy notes of fruits, citrus, spices, cumin, mushrooms, truffles, vegetables, minerality, apples, plums, berries jam and black pepper. The palate is sweet with bread, fruits, caramel, spices, cumin, perfume, black pepper and mushrooms notes. The finish is long with spices, oak, fruits, vanilla, apples and black pepper notes. This is an interesting, well balanced and unusual Glenmorangie. It’s a strange, but interesting. Allta could be liked or no, but it can’t to leave indifference. I like it.

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