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!