Glenallachie 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Oloroso & PX Sherry Hogsheads & Puncheons
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L 05 11 19
Added on
29 Aug 2019 11:44 am by Erik Elixir

Average value

€ 67.26

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 15-year-old

87 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.43 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    It's not going to be easy to be objective here. It is interesting from the PLV point of view and for beginners from two sides. On the one hand, it brings many flavors to the front without being expensive. On the other hand, it has a nice color with enough texture to become a friend. But, .. the comparison with the 25 exposed the 15 extremely. Because the 15 already looks a bit strange on the nose. The slightly one-dimensional sherry note comes across almost synthetic. The PX sweetness is more dominant than the Oloroso fruit note. Here someone has put on the PX sherry board. Rather direction mass compatible. Sorry
    • Nose
      So really an aha effect when pouring. Wow. Somewhat light, "sweet" chocolate and strong and very sweet grape notes come through. Minimal toffee and ... unfortunately, only "light" fruit notes. But a great nose!
    • Taste
      This 15er had seen European oak for a long time and that without a doubt, because the mouth area immediately fills with a woody flavor that is very dominant, but is not bitter. Also a PX liquorice comes through with a light leather saddle. It's perfectly alright. After the spiciness comes a tour of the Christmas market. Also, and even a little nutty, it goes over into the finish.
      That saved him the 84 points. ;)
    • Finish
      The farewell is medium to normal and is really ok for this price. So the PLV is really good. Because here you get a standard whisky at a higher level. Well, I definitely have fond memories of it. Respect to Glenallachie. The 15 is the reparation for the sometimes weird pricing policy.
      A big thank you to André for the big sample.

  3. Moses 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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  4. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Winy walnut cookies with chocolate, red pepper, vanilla, dark raisins and tobacco leaves.

    RATING: 86pts - [n21,t22,f21,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  5. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Had this at a digital tasting. Beautiful dark gold colour and nice texture, quite oily and sticks to the glass. All around a beautiful and complex whisky. And for that price? We have a deal! :)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Interesting nose, quite complex smells quite sweet.Oranges, oriental spices, oak, airwaves chewing gum, cocoa, chocolate, bisquits.
    • Taste
      87 87
      It is very sweet and oak spicy. Dark fruits and lovely integrated oaks very dark chocolate and also a bit of coffee.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is vanilla and oak driven, but also the nose and the taste are again pushed. Really nice

  6. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I find him more successful than the new Glendronach 15 years.
    • Nose
      Oranges, nekatrins, vanilla, mulled wine spice, raisins join in the glass after some time.
    • Taste
      Sherrynoten, a pinch of pepper, orange marmalade, milk chocolate, subtly sweet.
    • Finish
      sweet and sour sherry notes, raisins, coffee, pleasant oak, dark chocolate - long.

  7. chrisyeo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose - Spices , Nice soft sherry sweetness, some butter
    Taste - slight spice then sweetness
    Finish - warmness, lingering sweetness, medium finish
    • Nose
      86 86
      Spices , Nice soft sherry sweetness, some butter
    • Taste
      86 86
      slight spice then sweetness
    • Finish
      87 87
      warmness, lingering sweetness, medium finish

  8. MrDvorak scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 86pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose has a winy and well sherried profile with notes of chocolate, dark raisins and black pepper.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is very sweet and has a nice oakiness followed by beautiful hints of dark chocolate, dark fruits and spices.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium lenght and has a very chocolatey profile with a touch of vanilla and oakiness.

  9. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In the context of a blind tasting (comparison of 15y sherry whiskys) the winner and due to its Glenallachie characteristics also "unmasked" prematurely
    • Nose
      Amarena cherries, sherry, raisins. If you like that, this is the right place for you!
    • Taste
      Old balsamic vinegar, sherry, slightly astringent, leather

  10. dapoinbua scored this whisky 84 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
      87 87
      light and delicate, fresh nuts, red fruit but not on the dry side, semolina pudding. very elegant. no aggressiveness or anything disturbing to find here. hints of oak show themselfs in the back. after some time heavier nutnotes pop up. maybe some hay? comforting. after some time some leather comes thorugh. milk chocolate and very ripe fruits. molasses.
    • Taste
      82 82
      beautiful texture, light and crisp on the palate. it has something which already annoyed me with the 12 year old. i thought that it was the virgin oak, but in the 15 year old there shouldnt be any (right?). it somehow stings my brain a bit... if it would be possible to leave out this bitter dry wood note, it would be a wonderful dram for me.
    • Finish
      82 82
      the finish is a bit harsh when compared to the palate and nose. still, rather longlasting with ginger and dry oak. when compared to the CS batch 2 or 4, the funny thing is that this bitter part comes in the middle of the palate and then disappears. so there isnt any in the finish.


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