Glenallachie 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Oloroso, PX, Virgin Oak
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 24 01 19
Added on
05 Apr 2019 4:19 pm by frudner

Average value

€ 44.87

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 12-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.68 points

  1. Maltimex scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Tasty Malt, which clearly differs from the first batch and hopefully can keep its level in the future! For example, the 12-year-old GlenDronach has no chance against this GlanAllachie due to the new barrel composition or the apparently higher sherry barrel portion.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Significantly similar to the first batch (08.06.18). Beautiful honey sweetness and tropical fruits with a well-integrated alcohol. Add a light touch of blackcurrant jelly with a touch of cinnamon - which I did not have in the first batch. The lighter vanilla and pear notes as well as the butter biscuits from the first batch are also present, but less strong. For this, a little more oak has an effect here.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Clearly different - yes. Strong, spicy (slightly oaky) and creamy, the malt comes on the tongue. The 46 percent are excellent. Raisins and a hint of dried dates follow; also reminds me of plum cake - yes, with cinnamon. The malt with its sweet and sour notes stimulates the salivation. A hint of pear also joins in the mouth.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Compared to other malts quite long - no comparison to GlenDronach 12, which has since become very flat - better! In the finish, the malt on the tongue is dry and spicy (balanced and not overloaded with wood!). The rose notes can also hold. Drinkable? Yes!

  2. JungleDram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I was really surprised, rating comes from a blind tasting. So far, I have made a big bow to all Billy Walker Glenallachie bottlings, was probably a mistake.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Erik1908 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Recently bought some single cask bottles from this distillery. But how to compare and rate these if you are not familiar with the core range of Glenallachie? So I took part on the range share on the Dutch Whiksyforum. This 12 y old was the first in line.

    Conclusion: I like it. Pretty good BFYB. Can quality wise compete with the likes of Springbank 10, Bunna 12, Kilkerran 12.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Powerful nose at this age and "only" 46% abv. Lots of sweetness, vanilla and tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full bodied. Bid oily and thick. Herbal notes compete with the sweetness which was already there in the nose.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Maybe due to the medium length the weakest of the 3. More spicy than sweet in the aftertaste.

  4. RobbievdB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This Glenallachie is probably one of the best, if not the best, 12 yo in any standard range. Tasty, quite complex and full bodied. It’s strong on sweet fruits, gummy bears, some virgin oak spices but never to dominant. Really good vatting of barrels and absolute buy recommendation at this price point.

  5. billythekid63 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Very powerful single malt. Billy Walker probably landed a really good litter with it. Now the quality has to hold up too.
    • Nose
      Very sherry.
    • Taste
      Strongly sweet. I think it has a slightly metallic taste. You have to like that. Lies well on the tongue and on the palate.
    • Finish
      Very long, pleasant finish in the back of the tongue - slightly bitter.

  6. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Here, too, an additional point for the price / performance ratio.
    Incidentally, the color in the image of Whiskybase User matts matches the color of this batch significantly better than the photo of Whiskybase

  7. KB201 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well done.
    • Nose
      A wood note paired with a lovely sherry note.
    • Taste
      Honey, marzipan and bananas. Followed by butterscotch and raisins with a hint of mocha.
    • Finish
      Nice, rather long finish.

  8. Saftkenner scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    After a rather disappointing nose, the palate impresses with a powerful start and beautiful, tropical fruits.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Dominant alcohol, citrus fruits, toffee. Red berries, vanilla, light oak, pear. With a little time and increasing warmth, the nose becomes a little more harmonious.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong, peppery start. Relatively thin body at first, but then slightly stimulates the flow of saliva. First nice tropical fruits: mango, papaya, passion fruit. Honey, heather, toffee, light oak, pear.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short but quite pleasant finish. Vanilla, toffee and tropical fruit wine gums.

  9. DulischM scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    In the nose a very nice strong sweetness of dried fruits, which unfortunately is missing in the mouth. Still a delicious whisky with a great PLV.
    • Nose
      A very strong sweetness with notes of syrup, (heather) honey and dead nettle nectar. There are also dried berries and fruits such as raisins and figs and some currants and cranberry. Flowery clover and heather aromas are also recognizable, over time a sweet spiciness appears that is reminiscent of cocoa and dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      It's not quite as sweet in the mouth, just some raisins and syrup. A dry, spicy dark chocolate dominates here.
    • Finish
      The finish is again slightly sweet and syrupy with a dry spice.

  10. MickMatrix scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior


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