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Glenallachie 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.90/100
votes
205
Whiskybase ID
WB131172
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish Series
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
PX Sherry Cask Finish
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 24 06 19
Barcode
5060568320830
Added on
11 May 2019 12:20 pm by Poppi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 63.31

27 × in wishlist

205 × member ratings

367 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 12-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.90 points

  1. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Had this at a tasting, it is quite nice but nothing special, but the price to performance ratio is OK. It is fun and enjoyable but quite easy and simple to drink
    • Nose
      84 84
      The PX finish and the bourbon are quite well balanced here. Vanilla, apples, pears, grassy, elderflower
    • Taste
      85 85
      Not what I expected, it is less sweet than I thought and it is not your typical sherrybomb, it is very bourbon driven.
      Vanilla, Fresh fruits, the sweetness is more like maple syrup a litte bit of wood(no I'm not canadian)
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish leaves a little bit do be desired, it is quite short. Wood driven, chocolate, dark berries, strawberries.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Fairly complex and decently balanced, this GlenAllachie isn't a classic example of Pedro Ximenez matured whisky.
    • Nose
      Sultanas, raspberry and polished oak. Hints of cherry bonbons (is that a Dutch thing?), triple sec and elderflower as well. A touch of vanilla and cinnamon too.
    • Taste
      Orange liqueur, wood shavings and a whiff of mint. Some blackberries and overripe banana, with a touch of chocolate and fermented grapes. Cloves too.
    • Finish
      Somewhat burnished. Drying. Medium in length.

  3. mackie_gm scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I had a full bottle of this, so there was enough time and air to assess its quality. But it still gets 83 points as a friendly rating, at best. Given we rate the greatest 1960s distilled classics with 98 points, such whisky can´t surpass the low 80 points region.
    First of all, there is no distillery character. This is is a generic and also too "crafted" whisky, oscillating between being a bit too immature despite its 12 years (the alcohol not perfectly integrated), too simple and a hair too sweet and woody. The positive side is the fresh fruitiness of the Benriach type, and the spicy notes of leather and nuts from the PX.
    But in total, it´s a standard fruity Speysider pushed with PX in this case, like a thousand others.
    Glenallachie was built in the 60s as a blend provider, obviously not as lead malt but to fill the bottle. This shows here. Now there still might be excellent Glenallachies, but in my humble opinion only if the spirit undergoes a really long maturation in refill wood so that it could develop perfect balance and more complexity. The other variant would be masking by some great first fill oloroso sherry, like the recent 1989 single casks show, maybe even pushed by Paxarette.
    But no matter the PR and current hype, young and finished Glenallachie has no real potential. I´d be happy if Billie Walker would prove me wrong though!

  4. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A beautifully matured, full-bodied single malt with wonderful sherry aromas, some tropical fruits and warming spices. Together with a fresh kick of orange peel, this provides a lively pleasure experience, with dark chocolate notes delicately rounding off the finish. Excellent drinkable either neat or slightly diluted with water.

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/12/09/glenallachie-12yo-2019-pedro-ximenez-sherry-wood-finish/
    • Nose
      Sweet start on the nose with sherry, juicy sultanas, some banana, raisins and orange peel. Spicy notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and oak are added. With time, tones of dark chocolate and hazelnut cream linger in the background.
    • Taste
      Subtle sweetness on the palate with toffee, ripe bananas and hazelnut cream. This is accompanied by pleasantly warming spices of oak, nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon, followed by caramel and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish is of medium length, spicy and pleasantly warming with hazelnut cream, followed by dark chocolate, some oak and orange peel.

      With water: After the addition of water a little fresher on the nose with more orange peel and spicy oak. The sherry and raisin aromas are more in the background. Sweet on the palate with sherry and orange peel, then becomes spicier with oak, nutmeg and some pepper. Accompanied by dark chocolate towards the finish. The finish is still of medium length, warming and creamy with toffee and dark chocolate.

  5. Erik1908 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This dram needs some time in the glass to open up. If you are in a hurry, please skip this one (for now). Nice dram for October/November time.
    • Nose
      87 87
      No immediate straight in your face sherry bomb, but after some time and hand-warming of the glass, this dram finally opens up. Subtle sherry nose with hints of dried fruit, vanilla and oranges. Pretty complex. Nose gets better and better when left in the glass longer.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet flavors in combination with mild spices. Strong body with nice abv of 48% which does not need water.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length in which the spices are dominant. Dry finish.

  6. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Who is on milk chocolate (me), finds the really good (me).
    • Nose
      82 82
      Very sweet, milk chocolate, vanilla kipper, pastry notes, roasted almonds, a bit grainy rear out, then comes back the bourbon glue a little over
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet and spicy, again extremely milk chocolate, actually like hot Kaba cocoa with milk, also so creamy, the alcohol makes neat steam
    • Finish
      84 84
      What a surprise: Milk chocolate with oak, not very long, but he has a nice hold on the pharynx

  7. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Compared to the classic 12, it is warmer and more intense in the nose. I also miss the marzipan notes, but classic bourbon flavors stand out. Behind it light fruit aromas (banana, peach, star fruit?).

    In the mouth surprisingly round and soft for the age and the alcohol strength, plus sweet and sour.

    The finish is very similar to the classic 12 with peppery-spicy notes.
    Length: 3/10

    All in all a nice part, but it doesn't offer enough compared to the "normal" one. A little rounder in taste, but the marzipan notes of the bouquet are missing. Therefore, he gets the same number of points.

    Grade: 2

  8. Astrid scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Takes time to open up. Good approaches, but the barrels couldn't bring in a balance.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Apple, vanilla and caramel, light oak with constant spice in the background, honey, dark chocolate, apricot, almonds, raisins, fortune cookie, a little salt, banana, bread-like aromas
    • Taste
      82 82
      soft and sweet with caramel and apricots, some spices come along, dark chocolate, apple, barley malt, dark with cocoa and espresso, raisins, some honey, vanilla, dates, almonds, the influence of white oak is a bit too strong for me here, banana, clove and cinnamon, orange, plum, brown sugar
    • Finish
      81 81
      Oak, cinnamon, apricots, caramel, slightly grassy, vanilla, raisins, cloves, dark chocolate, walnuts and almonds, honey, apple

  9. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. EvilAFI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice balance of oak, malt, spice and sherry Px sweetness
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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