Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Oloroso & PX Sherry Hogsheads & Puncheons
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Added on
29 Aug 2019 11:44 am by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 64,80

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 15-year-old

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.95 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Character: A varied, sherrylastiger standard that does not fall into the house with the door. The complex, quite sherry-fruity nose is followed by a surprisingly tart taste, which, in addition to oak wood, is permeated by dark chocolate and black coffee. Orange peels are consistently present. With GlenAllachie I associate increasingly a delicious sweet-sour interplay. The 15y clearly harsher and oakier embedded than the 12y.
    Rating: For this delicious combination of sherry, oak, dark chocolate and coffee, I get around 88 points. Subject to a better acquaintance. I certainly did not have this 15y in the glass for the last time. For me a great price-enjoyment ratio and a suitable companion of the 12y, as related but "different yummy".
    • Nose
      For a fraction of a second, the first impression is a bit strange: slightly acidic, firm natural yoghurt with orange zest. The milky impression vanishes already at the second creeping in favor of a delicate buttery background. The penetrating orange zest and the slightly sourish fruit note remain. Gradually, more sherry aromas then come to the fore: sultanas, dried cranberries, dried sour cherries and dried physalis. The individual facets seem rather blurry; In any case, they are not really obvious to me before the first try. Even after countless attempts, this mixed situation is somehow challenging: no stinging, well-integrated alcohol, comparatively mild and orange-rich sherry aromas that look like soft. Strangely unagitated, that increases the tension. What else is there? A few drops of honey, hints of chocolate, green apples, limes, a bit of mint and the association of a dry leather cloth. Overall, the nose is rather subtle but surprisingly varied.
    • Taste
      Extremely clear and spicier than the nose can expect, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Raisins, plums and blueberries knock on and suddenly a lot of pepper pushes through the door. Bedded on dark chocolate, tart, spicy aromas give room. It tingles easily on the tongue. A mixture of orange zest, bitter herbs and cold coffee - accompanied by raisins - passes the baton to the oak. Aromatic and increasingly intense oak wood now clearly dominates the taste. Oak wood, orange peel, coffee and dark chocolate harmoniously interlock and lead into the finish. Mouthfeel and intensity are right. Since make the 46% Vol. Positive impact. I like it, although the taste in the overall view is a little less complex than the nose and surprisingly little fruity.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and is carried by oak and a certain fruit acidity. The oranges keep themselves until the end. Likewise the dark chocolate and the black coffee. Tasty, without big surprises and free of false notes, the wine sounds like a drop.

  2. mosesumike scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This is not going to be objective. He is from the PLV ago and for beginners certainly interesting from two sides. For one, it brings many flavors forward without being expensive. On the other hand, he has a nice color with enough texture to become a friend. But, .. the comparison with the 25 unmasked the 15's extreme. Because already on the nose of the 15 looks a bit strange. The slightly one-dimensional sherry note comes almost synthetically over. The PX sweetness is more dominant than the Oloroso fruit note. Here someone put on the PX sherry board. Rather direction mass compatible. Sorry.
    • Nose
      86 86
      So really an aha-effect when pouring. Wow. Somewhat bright "sweet" chocolate and strong also very sweet grape notes come through. Minimal toffee and ... unfortunately, only "light" fruit notes. But a great nose!
    • Taste
      84 84
      This 15er had seen European oak for a long time and that quite without a doubt, because the mouth immediately fills with a woody spice that is very dominant, but not bitter at least. Also comes so ne PX licorice with a bright leather saddle through. It's perfectly alright. After the spice comes a tour of the Christmas market. Also, and even slightly nutty, he goes over to the finish.
      That saved him the 84 points. ;)
    • Finish
      83 83
      The farewell is medium to normal and is really ok for this price. Thus, the PLV is really good too. Because here you get a standard whisky on a higher level. Well, I have that in any case in good memory. Respect for Glenallachie. The 15er is the compensation for the partly oblique price policy.
      A big thank you to André for the big sample.

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Extremely vain and very settled on the sour side of the spectrum. Nutty-fermented sherry notes. Rather sultanas as raisins. Juicy, sparkling, astringent. Despite the massive role played by the finish here, I got the impression that the Glenallachie character (as Billy Walker is trying to shape it) still has something on it, because among all the forest fruit juiciness there is always a kräutrige, Almost vegetable note (rosemary and artichokes?), which I found in the 12er the most interesting aspect. In addition, I would strongly suspect that even this bottling virgin oak has seen: from about the middle of the flavor development is a pretty violent spiciness, which suggests that some very fresh (or even virgin) barrels with Vatting flowed.

    Positively seen: a strong sherrylastiger Malt, which nevertheless does not come to set or even superimposed comes along and offers an interesting balance of acid, spice and spirit.
    On the negative side: a malt that seems to be more "assembled" than harmoniously matured, and in whose price range and drum composition I would always prefer the current Glendronach 15.

  4. mosesumike scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Walker said: “I’ve been working on our 15 year old release since we acquired GlenAllachie back in October 2017. In that time I’ve been intimately following the development of the various casks and I believe the 15 year old is the perfect balance of distillery and cask influence.”


    He added: “For this 15 year old, I chose PX and Oloroso puncheons and hogsheads to deliver complete depth and finish. This whisky is rich in sweet spices, raisins and butterscotch, with waves of banana, orange peel and dark chocolate. The extra years the whisky spent maturing in the sherry wood casks extends the flavour

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  5. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [Color] mahogany;
    20 months in sherry casks leave an impression.
    Well done, very good whisky - but clearly not on the level of a GlenDronach 15Years!
    • Nose
      surprisingly subtle: sweet, sultanas, juicy raisins, light sherry, spices;
    • Taste
      powerful, raisins, vlt. Oranges, raspberries, then spices, coffee, woody oak;
    • Finish
      medium length finish, dark chocolate and clearly oak;

  6. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    All in all a little too heavy on wood for me. Good 15 year old sherry standard in any case for the price.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Stef89 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    I like it. A beautiful standard with an exceptional taste profile, but not overloaded. You can buy a bottle. I think there is still a lot to discover.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very spicy notes come through. It comes out of the glass, slightly musty. Some wet forest floor comes through. Only now do the typical aromas like raisins flash through. Rather sultanas. They are drier. Some tobacco resonates.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Here it looks fresher. Not much left of the muff. The fruits have also moved into the background. The tobacco notes become stronger and leather joins them.
      Chocolate, espresso, little bitterness but nice wood notes.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is not that long and a bit peppery. A little bit of bitterness resonates and it becomes a bit sticky on the palate. Here, for the first time, some alcohol appears.

  9. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Divisive. Good value for money, but it will be thin quickly after the start.
    • Nose
      Citruses, green apple yoghurt, forest fruits and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Big dose of pepper at first, followed by raisin, orange peel, forest fruits and wood.
    • Finish
      Medium length, warm, spicy, fruity.

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Caramel, marzipan and apple. With water cashew.
    • Taste
      Hazelnut, caramel, apple, strawberry and spice
    • Finish
      Hazelnut, almond, caramel and apple


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