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Glenallachie 10-year-old

Overall rating
86.36/100
votes
368
Whiskybase ID
WB136699
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 3
Bottled
29/30.05.2019
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Cask, Oloroso, PX
Number of bottles
3500
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 29 05 19 , L 30 05 19
Barcode
5060568320717
Added on
11 Aug 2019 11:35 am by old-smokey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 481.06

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 10-year-old

58 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.36 points

  1. Moritz scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    For me personally the best batch so far, especially a brilliant nose! ( "Chocolate Monster")
    Notes without water.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate. Rather dark, the alcohol is there, but not overly dominant.
      Strong sweetness comes to it, dark fruit, raisins. After a while, a touch of orange.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Violent start, but despite almost 60% not unpleasant alcoholic - the sweetness is dominant, syrupy. Light mint note with lots of chocolate towards the finish.
      Not quite as complex as the nose, but very delicious.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Flowing transition with the chocolate again clearly dominates in the finish. Stimulates the flow of saliva and remains with a subtle sweetness.

  2. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    March 2021:
    Glenallachie 15y VS
    Glenallachie 10y Cask Strength Batch 2 VS
    Glenallachie 10y Cask Strength Batch 3 VS
    Glenallachie 10y Cask Strength Batch 4

    first of all i must say that i am a bit preoccupied after buying a bottle of the 12 year old, which was my biggest disappointment in 2020. making the bottle empty was a real struggle for me. there is this bitter wood note which annoys me so much. tastes as if 8th fill casks have been used.

    especially after it has been hyped quite a bit i was a bit confused how people could enjoy this stuff that much. i asked myself if there was somethin wrong with me? it was almost a whisky identity crisis... eventually the bottle ended as a mixer for highballs, which was quite ok :)

    but back to the actual match today. the cask strengths and the 15y old battle of allachies. starting with the 15y it is a massive upgrade to the 12y standard bottling. it shows very elegant and ripe notes for its age. could be at least 3 years older in my opinion. if there wouldnt be this bitter thing in the middle of the palate, this would be a 87-88 whisky for me. now i´m wondering if it is maybe the distillery character and not a virgin oak or overused cask i am talking about here?

    cask strength batch 2 was a big disappointment for me today. very grainy and this bitter note i already mentioned before was very dominant. it almost hurts when i taste it. reminds me of the dark times with the 12 year old. i mean, am i the only one getting this?

    cask strength batch 3 was my absolute favorite of the evening. everything very rounded. the sherry ifluence is much stronger here, but still leaves some air for the actual spirit to show its character. rather sweet and very rounded. nice stuff.

    batch 4, unfortunately, shows more similarities to batch 2 (bad batch) than to batch 3 (good batch). these unrounded grain notes combined with this bitter thingy which i dislike makes the whole experience rather challenging, but not in a good way. the sherry influence helps it a bit. still, not my thing.

    all in all a very interesting but rather disappointing experience to be honest. i hope that one day i will try a glenallachie who does not shows me this bitter and dry thing which annoys me so much. batch 3 already goes in a nice direction, but i think (or actually hope) there is more :)
    • Nose
      88 88
      walnuts and hazelnuts instantly, topped with some nail polish and moncheri. some sour notes in the back. seems very promissing. almond with vanilla. much less of the grainy stuff batch had shown. like it. everything plays nicely together with a caramelly sweetness. almost a cognac nose. beautiful.
    • Taste
      88 88
      ok now we are talking. strong sherry influence here, but not too dominant. rather oily texture with a numbing feel on the tip of the tongue. much higher complexity than the predecessor batch 2. red fruits, plums and raisins.
    • Finish
      85 85
      the top inside part of my mouth (hard palate?) feels a bit raw right now, but not in a bad way. very nice finish, long lasting and not showing these bitter wood notes like in batch 2. still rather oaky and dry. this is nice.

  3. swk27844 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Milk chocolate bonbons that you get at the fancy coffee shops with the cappuchino. Biscuit filled with fudge and raisins. The coffee is accompanied by a pecan caramel bun, topped with honey. The orange peel is on top of the spicy spiced cinnamon bun for decoration.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In winter around noon it is gray and drab outside. Inside you pour a warm glass of chocolate milk, it is quite spicy at first, hot, but the longer you wait the sweeter it gets. On the table is a bowl of chocolate raisins and dates. The person next to you is drinking hot tea with honey and eating peanut m & m's.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Nicely balanced in terms of taste. Spiciness diminishes quickly and beautiful diverse flavors remain open. Top.

  4. M134481 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Honey on wet spruce wood. It reminds me of the candy store where I used to go, where there was often a saucer with milk chocolate pieces. A little later I also taste orange, raisins and caramel, mixed with pure cocoa,. I taste coffee, liquorice and shades of bay leaf and slightly spicy notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Honey and with sugared bastard sugar biscuit. Dark chocolate, but also milk chocolate, raisins, peppered dates with peanuts and grated walnut.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Caster sugar, honey, raisins, white chocolate, and pepper notes. Tones dates, pineapple, orange and white grapes.

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Caramel, raisin, apple, mocha, orange and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Raisin, caramel, almond, apple and orange.
    • Finish
      Raisin, mocha, apple, cashew and tangerine.

  6. tangtang scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    very tasty and tasty. I also find it very soft and round despite the high alcohol content. He doesn't need water.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dark chocolate, caramel, somewhat sweet, dark fruits, raisins, the high alcohol content is hardly noticeable, light sherry notes, very round and soft
    • Taste
      86 86
      here too a chocolatey but also violent start. Caramel also comes from the dark fruits. Slightly minty
    • Finish
      87 87
      long finish, I taste sherry and again the chocolate notes as well as the caramel. Dried fruit and light honey come at the end

  7. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Sherried but also some fruitiness, sweet wood notes with a little vanilla and coconut shavings (american white oak?), dried fruits, some toffee, a hint of dark caramel. (87p)
    TASTE: The arrival is zesty and spicy; a burst of lemon oil (like when you squeeze lemon rind) and orange oil, ginger, nutmeg, a hint of mint. On the mid palate it has a certain viscosity or oiliness to it (not much but it's there). (89+)
    FINISH: Minty, with dried ginger and nutmeg. A hint of clove? Long aftertaste. (88p)
    OVERALL: Quite the sherried spice bomb! Apparently quite some modern, active american oak casks have been at work here too. A very fine whisky which rewards time and patience, then it becomes lovely.
    TOTAL SCORE 88 points.

  8. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It is surprising how comfortable this cask strength is to drink. Very decent whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Honey and vanilla, milk chocolate, espresso beans. Looks slightly hot. Orange peel, dry wood.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Strong and dry start, orange biscuits, milk chocolate, milk coffee. The over 58% do not hurt, are just pleasantly warming. Raisins, blackberries.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, quite dry and with pronounced woody notes. Raisin bread, white coffee, pepper.

  9. Erik1908 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I tasted a few Glenallachie expressions over the last few months. Especially the single ask versions were great. I was not that convinced about the core range, but this 10y-old Glenallachie at CS comes really close to the level of the SC expressions!

    Immediately when the first dram of the bottle was poured in the glass, you could notice the Billie Walker signature.
    Full sherry nose with some spicy flavors. Lovely!
    Great sherry sweetness, but no "glensherry". No water necessary despite the high abv.
    Long finish with nice balance of sherry, chocolate and spices.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Had this at a digital glennallachie tasting.
    This is a really nice cask strength whisky. It is powerful and young and strong but really well balanced. Also the price to performance ratio is amazing.
    • Nose
      86 86
      dark chocolate and a lot of it. again nice speyside character, pears, apricots, but also rasberries, and tropical fruits (passion fruit?) and even though it is cask strength quite easy on the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Wow I like the taste of it, it is very sweet as was expected by the nose. Again dark chocolate and cocoa. It is powerful, and really very sweet, again it goes in that maple syrup sweetness, also mint and spicy woods.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A nice long finish, vanilla, also the chocolate and cocoa is still very present. sweet again and it accents the taste and the nose even more. good stuff

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