Glenallachie 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish Series - Marsala
Stated Age
10 years old
Marsala Wood Finish
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Clubflasche Whisky.de 2019/2020
Added on
05 Sep 2019 9:45 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 60.76

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 10-year-old

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.84 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] The last whisky.de club bottles were not to my liking because they all focussed on modern (to me non-whisky) profiles either extremely wood-driven, sulphur-spoiled sherry or drowned in winey flavours - so is this another "winesky"?

    Yep, this is high-proof wine in a whisky bottle. Strong flavours and impressions but all originate from the Marsala finish, the Glenallachie completely drowned in the wine (if it owned any flavours at all before the finish, maybe this was a dead cask?). A dram that is not needed in the single malt whisky category, go and sell it as a cocktail...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is very dark for a 10-years old wine-finished dram which promises rather a wine than a whisky. And that is exactly what the nose delivers, I guess a high-proof Marsala wine will smell this way. Where is the whisky? Was there any whisky at all? If so it is completely killed by the wine flavours. Do not get me wrong, I like this smell (the same way I like the nose of good wines) but not when I am in the mood of tasting a single malt whisky...
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste is full of sour-sweet winey flavours with punchy alcohols and I wonder if I can create the same result when blending a bottle of Marsala wine with high-proof industrial alcohol. After some chewing bitter wooden notes are released, at least - but where is the malt? Again, was there any malt at all? This certainly is not whisky (according to my taste buds) but it is drinkable, no doubt.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The wine arrives neither warming nor coating on the palate, actually the mouthfeel is close to non-existent. The finish is short and adds no new impressions but a minor drying feeling (cold copper) towards the end. Water is not needed as it just flattens everything but releases drying-astringent bitter wooden notes.

  2. Ep126 did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Fruity and very intense! Cant understand the 70s or 80s......Points rating!

  3. RobbievdB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    When I could buy a bottle for €40 I took the gamble. I agree with hs305 that the Marsala barrel overtook the Glenallachie profile making this a bit one sided. In about half a year, airtime did little to none. In it there’s lots of grape seed, dried apricot, honey sweetness and sweet spices. However tastewise it turns bitter a bit too soon, before mid palate, lowering the volume on all nice flavors and releasing wood, bitter spices.

  4. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very intense color after "only" 10 years.
    Very appetizing.

    It has a very pleasant aroma.
    Not so much the fruitiness, but rather the wood aromas.
    After a few minutes in the glass, it becomes a little more spicy.
    But everything is very round and soft.

    The taste of the vanilla immediately
    almost like vanilla sugar.
    Wonderfully sweet in the mouth, ... and then turning into a spiciness.
    The wood is a bit bitter, but not uncomfortable.

    Very easy to drink.
    Very good.

  5. Don Cassi scored this whisky 69 points Expert Junior

    The nose opens up sugary sweet, behind it light fruit notes and something dusty like chalk. All relatively cautious, he doesn't really want to open up.

    More pronounced fruity notes and a light pepperiness in the mouth. But overall still very thin.

    In the finish, first a light fruitiness after light grapes, then with and with undifferentiated bitterness, somewhat disappointing.
    Length: 4/10

    The Marsala barrel can still be guessed at in the nose, but then it becomes very one-dimensional and interchangeable.

    Grade: 3+

  6. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Banana, strong sherry influence, apple, cinnamon, mint?
    • Taste
      83 83
      Vanilla, massive woody, furry, cinnamon, spicy chocolate, a little honey, after the first sip, the Marsala finish spreads in the mouth
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Igitor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. lifegoeson scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Takes some time in the glass, sweet dried fruit, furniture polish, hazelnut, nutmeg, some cinnamon, caramel, chocolate
    • Taste
      83 83
      Wine, toffee, caramel, sour, spices, bitterness, dry, wood notes, nuts. With a few drops of water much more intense and better.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Short to medium-length finish, dry, nutmeg

  9. Danlow scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A beautiful, ripe whisky with a wonderful note of cinnamon. Many hints of red fruits and already with a slight leatheriness. For around 50 €, if you can get it again somewhere, I would buy it!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Malthead19 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Color: Amber / Copper (OFS / KG)

    - a really good and delicious single malt
    - intense, complex aroma
    - with originally about 50 € still ok
    • Nose
      Apples, pineapples, exotic fruits, very complex, sweet flavors (toffee, caramel)
    • Taste
      strong spicy start, complex aroma
    • Finish
      powerful medium-long finish;
      medium-long aftertaste


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