Glenmorangie Allta

Overall rating
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

€ 86.87

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Allta

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.19 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 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.

  4. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. WhiskyRates_by_Tommy 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

  6. 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.

  7. JimJaws scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    What's that? Obstler? This bottling of Glenmorangie is not my cup of tea at all. Complete a lot with a private tasting.
    • Nose
      A lot of fruit
    • Finish
      peppery, medium length

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    - good, interesting whisky (because for Glenmorangie rather an atypical strong character with a lot of spice), but unfortunately still far below my expectations for a representative of this "private edition"
    - for a bourbon barrel storage (in high% strength!) unfortunately not so convincing, there are many better representatives in this price segment, (with age!)
    - a special bottling from Glenmorangie that doesn't really convince me
    - yes to drink well (also undiluted), but the "special" I find it difficult to find here
    - The special yeast also sounds interesting, but unfortunately it has no particular effect on the taste for me
    • Nose
      82 82
      fresh, surprisingly mild first impression for 51%, sweetness, vanilla, honey, caramel,
    • Taste
      82 82
      only milder then quickly getting stronger, less sweet than expected, it presses more strong spice, in the end you notice the high%;

      Overall, it is no longer so oppressive, but as a basic character it is still significantly more spicy or strong than sweet, mild, rather little typical notes such as vanilla, fudge, honey
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium-long, strong, spicy finish;
      medium-long spicy aftertaste

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    An interesting attempt - this time the yeast - overall an already good whisky - but at a completely excessive price.
    • Nose
      fresh (citrus, pineapple), flowery, malty, some vanilla;
    • Taste
      strong, spicy, somewhat alcoholic, sparkling, hot, fruity (pear, pineapple), malty, spices, looks young;
    • Finish
      good medium length finish, strong and spicy, herbaceous, some oak;

  10. marmeladow scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at the InterWhisky-Frankfurt.
    Vanilla, caramel, youth, a bit soapy, fermented with natural yeast - very special, maybe it needs a reduction with water. For me overpriced NAS


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