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Overall rating
86.93/100
votes
60
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & PX Sherry Hogsheads & Puncheons
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
29 Aug 2019 11:44 am by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 62,92

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60 × member ratings

134 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 15-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.93 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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. 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.

  3. mosesumike did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.”

    https://theglenallachie.com/release-of-the-glenallachie-15-year-old/

    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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  4. rampah scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. PX-Michl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. IVO15 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Billy Walker has aroused great expectations with this filling in advance and builds on Glendronach's success so far, at least in terms of color and key data. The taste of the 15er still has potential up, or should I finally get Glendronach out of my head? Not easy...
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, slightly acidic, restrained caramel and a hint of sherry on first crawling. It is followed by ripe plums and dark grapes, some birch wood and light floral notes that are more in the second row. The whisky looks fresh and alive, without the alcohol would sting. Even the sweetness is restrained and does not seem intrusive. She goes in the direction of toffee / honey / vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The start is surprisingly strong and oily, some wood and bitter notes, before a warming honey sweetness comes over. It is followed by fresh mint and a tingling sensation on the palate. There is toffee and honey as well as soft sherry and orange, walnuts and rosemary. I can not (yet) define a clear taste.
    • Finish
      85 85
      In the beginning, slight bitterness notes that quickly turn into a tingling palate and leave herbaceous notes and a fine toffee taste. The mint is invigorating, almost peppery and offers a medium to long finish.

  9. ARCH3R scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  10. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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