Glenallachie 15-year-old

Overall rating
85.52/100
votes
260
Whiskybase ID
WB139065
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
16.08.2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & PX Sherry Hogsheads & Puncheons
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 16 08 19
Barcode
5060568321080
Added on
19 sep 2019 5:28 pm by Malzbrenner
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 68.90

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Whisky reviews for Glenallachie 15-year-old

64 users have left 64 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.52 points.

  1. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The Glenallachie 15 that I tried has the barcode: 5060568320960
    5cl sample. The nose is not mine. The taste is much better. I don't really need a whole bottle :)
    • Nose
      81 81
      Gin? The first time I smell it, I have an extremely strong note of juniper berries in my nose that I only know from gin. Then comes shower, glue, pineapple, citrus and a light vanilla bean
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy and sweet with nuts, caramel, chocolate sauce, light wood and cloves. Rather on the spicy side.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, sugar-cinnamon, slightly dry oak at the end

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  3. springtank scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Kerchak scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Powerful sherry bomb for this 46 abv
    Sherry, fruity, chocolate
    Very nice dram

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Tomek scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Smell: fruity compote, slightly smoky, dark chocolate

    Taste: diluted compote, cherries, milk chocolate, toffee

    Finish: bitter, maybe a little fruity

    Grade: 3

  7. Chiron scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  8. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A great sherry malt, which has built up a clear complexity and intensity due to the, for today's time, long maturation and is still pleasantly soft in the mouth and nose. The influences of sherry and oak are beautifully woven together.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/glenallachie-15-years/
    • Nose
      Beguiling sherry aroma on the nose. Intense and complex, but not overpowering. Dates and raisins immediately come to mind. An interplay between a light sweetness and spicy oak. After a few minutes, the aroma becomes a bit more fruity with fresh and dark fruits like pears and plums. The spiciness of the oak recedes somewhat, slightly bitter notes and some leather are mixed in again and again. If you let it stand a little longer, the aroma becomes slightly sour and tart with hops and red fruits.
    • Taste
      Just as complex and soft as in the nose. Again dominant sherry with clear sweetness and fresh fruit. The fruit notes are difficult to separate. I have to think of aromatic apples, red fruits, and blackcurrants. The oak is noticeable after just a few seconds, but cannot compete with the sherry.
    • Finish
      Sweet fruits are initially present, then the oak becomes more intense. I have to think of sweet pastries first, then almonds and dark chocolate. The sweetness gradually withdraws.

  9. JJKATED scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Thatch scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Pleasantly complex, constant alternation between sherry and oak influences, every sip reveals different aromas.
    • Nose
      86 86
      fruity sweetness, peach, pineapple and dried fruit. slightly sour notes, cider.
    • Taste
      89 89
      strong attack, full load of fruit at the beginning (ripe fruit, dried fruit such as raisins and plums), is quickly replaced by an intense spiciness (walnuts, chocolate, spices). Interesting!
    • Finish
      83 83
      weakest part, short sweetness, then a bitter walnut-chocolate note remains

  11. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. MLE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. prestonclub scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Powerfully chocolated, well done but a bit too much to handle

  15. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fragrance: Vinegar, cherry, raspberry, vanilla, oak,
    Taste: wood, licorice, peppery, raisins
    Aftertaste: bitter, woody

  16. Stouby scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Tønden online tasting.
    Almost brown. Sweet fruit, very sweet, raisin, prune, light spicy. Good body. Nice.

  17. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Good depth of profile on show, but tastes a little manufactured to me, that is a hard one to describe bit it is almost like it has been deliberately dulled down?
    • Nose
      85 85
      Similar to the 12 just more of it, lots going on, stewed dark fruit, plum, redcurrant, blackcurrant with hints of white pepper and ginger
    • Taste
      84 84
      A little dry at first and not very sweet on sour fruits is my first impression.
      It does sweeten up and there is a little sulphur on show but the dark fruit sweetens up.
      There is a pudding fruit sweetness to this, the sweetness does
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite long and full bodied

  19. SRB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Liebt_Whisky_seit_92 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  21. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2021-09-30: Update from 82 to 84
    2020-06-11
    • Nose
      84 84
      Molasses, raisins, plums
    • Taste
      83 83
      spicy wood taste, sweetness, dark berries
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dark chocolate with a long finish

  22. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Svarttt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    That's neat for the price.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    good sherry standard. But you have to like the sour.
    • Nose
      Sherry notes which tend to be sour. Sour cherry, herbs, dried fruits, raisins, spicy, in the background some vanilla
    • Taste
      also here something acidic comes through at the beginning. Then a bit sweet and fruity, dried fruits, raisins, plums, spicy, later becoming a bit sweet with light chocolate notes
    • Finish
      fruity finish, spicy and slightly tart, later becoming slightly dry

  26. Dieter_W scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: At first surprisingly fruity like whole milk, dark forest berries, a little cherry, with aviel raisins, honey, liquorice, a little bit sour, some cinnamon, light sweet vanilla notes and a little mint.

    Tasting: Yes, a powerful sherry board with dark chocolate, sweet raisins and a bit of burnt bread crust, and finally a little pepper. But still remains nice and creamy

    Finish: Surprisingly short. And somewhat disappointing. But you can drink it very well
    from what is already buzzing away without batting an eyelid. Beautiful Christmas whisky

  27. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The first time I tried this rich and very sweet whisky. In General, all samples of this whisky were quite sweet. It's a good whisky, but I don't think I'd buy it anymore.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Nose bright, very sweet, dried fruits, prunes and dried apricots, with spices. Such compote.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Very sweet taste, as if the jam was diluted with a small amount of water and you drank this drink. Plum and grape pastille. Cloves and spices.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The aftertaste is sweet of medium duration.

  28. Gloin scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice dark fruity sherry whisky. The sherry dominates both in smell and taste, the predominant fruit is cherry. Oak is present, but rather subtle. The composition is underlined by a dark chocolate note.
    It is true that you definitely notice the deliberate sherry maturation with very active barrels, which looks a bit artificial and artificial, but a nice enjoyment of a fair priced whisky predominates. I would buy it again.

  29. Maltimizer scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
      Intense woody, spices and strong missing notes.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Rich and full-bodied, ripe cherries, oily, woody, bitter herbs, slightly sour
    • Finish
      76 76
      Warm, dry, medium length

  30. Falang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Elegant strong nose with peach, caramel, touch of bitter. Taste is warm and complex with apricot, rhubarb and some brown sugar. Mediterranean vibe. Lovely long finish - warm, sandy, oily and some sweet nuts. Love this drink!
    • Nose
      85 85
      Elegant strong nose with a bit of an aggressive alcohol prickling! Sweet, peach, caramel, touch of bitter. Hint of flowers? Some vanilla at the back too...
    • Taste
      90 90
      Lovely dram - very enjoyable drink and every sip seems to open up a different layer of its complexity. I have a warm taste packed with apricot, rhubarb and some brown sugar. Warm drink - almost something Moroccan (don't know why I make that connection)... Tones of sherry. Lovely!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long finish with tobacco, nuts and oil and some old wood. A warm aftertaste that is full and slowly dies out (leaves the mouth dry after a while). Lovely!

  31. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    24-09-2020
    • Nose
      83 83
      sherry
    • Taste
      86 86
      sherry, red fruit, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      85 85
      sherry, red fruit, dark chocolate, vanilla

  32. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Deep red. Sherry all the way.

    Nose: Huge sherry. Wine more than raisin. Butterscotch, fresh fruits.

    Palate: A bit sour, very sweet, cinnamon, sherry, creamy vanilla, malt sugar, oily.

    Finish: Tart wine notes, vanilla, malt sugar, spice.

    Overall: Enormous sherry bomb but different to any others I have had, very vinous, tart, as well as super sweet and creamy.

  33. Highlander65 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky, very good on the nose, a little less on the palate
    • Nose
      Aroma of ripe fruit, raisins, chocolate, cream
    • Taste
      On the palate the body is slightly dry, not very sweet, spicy, with notes of unripe fruit.
    • Finish
      Medium, fruity finish

  34. whiskytornado scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  35. HnZRock scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

  36. Marcel74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Pedro Ximinez and olorosso sherry casks, uncoloured and dark in color ... a very spicy and especially full whisky with balls .. really very thick .. quite strong matured
    • Nose
      Raisins, butterscotch, sweet herbs very intense scent of dark fruit
    • Taste
      Sweet herbs, butterscotch, raisins, banana, orange, dark chocolate .. very ripened. Very full and spicy
    • Finish
      Long and many oaks

  37. Satan Claws scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Juniper of the same strength in the nose as in the gin, then sherry. Not very impressive.
    Much better on the tongue, spicy woody sherry note.
    Mediocre finish, is not remembered.
    Tried a 50 cl sample, I don't need the whole bottle.

  38. Ninofdram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. Whiskybayer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Billy Walker did a very good job here. However, for my eyes it does not come close to Glendronach 15, which I feel is much more intense and full. The Glenallachie 15 is undoubtedly one of the sherry bombs from the house. Unfortunately, the Caskfinish series such as Moscatel, Madeira, PX, Port, Rye etc. cannot keep up. If you want to try Glenallachie with good PLV, I clearly recommend the 15er.
    • Nose
      Sweet raisins, butterscotch and cinnamon. Full of elegant sherry.
    • Taste
      Similar to the smell with an oiliness and spiciness that really impresses
    • Finish
      Orange zest and dark chocolate, espresso and delicate oak

  40. Derufus scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  41. MacFry scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Raisins, raisins, raisins ... salt caramel and sweet oak behind. If you smell it, overripe banana pairs with dark chocolate. Opened with dry sherry, orange and dark chocolate notes. Picks something on the tongue at the beginning. Appeals like fresh sourdough and nuts. Long oaky and sweet sherry finish ... Crass, rich color!

  42. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  43. dramspotter scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The whisky does well at this strength, with the exception of the finish which doesn't seem to sustain; a whisky for those who like sherry but like to keep the finish clean and to the point
    • Nose
      84 84
      old wooden furniture, a bit sweaty, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      85 85
      very strong and tannic for just 46% - dried vine fruits and dark cherries and a slight spice
    • Finish
      80 80
      only the spirit and some herbal bitterness stay around; the rest seems to fall off a cliff

  44. Paulsen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    well composed whisky to explore everything one after the other and certainly for more than just whisky newbies. If there is something going on in a round and does not have to be GlenDronach to conquer the hearts, then this one.

    Mainly cream, caramel, raspberry and blackberry as well as vanilla in the nose and mouth. Everything about it is already full and round, nothing bothers and is presented in chunks.

  45. Bram van Os scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    It's quite thin. It's almost as if the sherry is added to young spirit. It's still nice though.

  46. DoctorK scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The age suits the GlenAllachie well, pleasant on the palate and the nose. Not to complex but a fine structure and medium finish. Very nice day to day dram.

  47. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    See for a full review my blog (gjr71.wordpress.com)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  48. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    HWF VBT # 11 Sample 1

    My guess was a Speysider at 46%. I thought it most resembled a Glenfarclas.
    • Nose
      Meaty, gravy, ripe red fruit, fresh grass, some int, chalk, hay, dark sugar
    • Taste
      Ripe red fruit, dark sugar, gravy hay
    • Finish
      Medium long, quite bitter, slightly drying. Over ripe red fruit, some mint, oak wood

  49. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    HWF VBT # 11 Sample 1

    First time tasting in the afternoon with a (mini) festival Glencairn glass
    N: Sherry, cherries, wood, slightly sour - cranberries, raspberries, pepper, pineapple and a little too young / spirity still (unfortunately).
    T: Start sharp, cranberries, then 'warming spices', star anise, pepper again and dried orange. I get more and more herbs with nutmeg and even more pepper.
    F: Dry, chocolate, mocha and later more fruit. Fruit like raspberry and cherries in the nose.
    First conclusion: sharp, slightly young, sort of 'sherry bomb' bottling as we know it. Single malt; yes, I think so, but this whisky is not yet completely in balance. Scottish: yes, I think so. Reminds me of young sherry cask bottlings from Glenrothes, Glentauchers and Tobermory.
    ABV I estimate at 46-48%

    Tasting second time in the evening. This time I use a 1920s Blender's Glass from Specialty Drinks.
    N: It tastes less sharp from this glass! Forest fruits, cassis, cherry and chocolate.
    T: Food, forest fruits - blueberries and again the 'warming spices' but still less intense / sharp from this glass / at the moment.
    F: Medium drying, later a little more floral and again the chocolate and cherry through it.

    Conclusion: Glencairn glass has less balance but more tastes. Score 82/100
    Blender's Glass: less spirity but more 1-dimensional. Score 84/100

  50. Casketje scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting
    • Nose
      85 85
      Butter! Ripe sweet red fruit, mint, hint of alcohol, very fresh, toffee, after some breathing a hint of leather, slightly darker and no more alcohol. Very nice, clean nose - completely my thing.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Nice mouthfeel - sweet attack with typical sherryin influences (red fruit, nuts, chocolate). I estimate a 46% - at least perfect drinking strength because no alcohol is detected.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, fruity with a hint of leather and some dark chocolate that lingers.

  51. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  52. fgg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is a whisky as I like it: full in the sherry, full in the nose. If it were slightly higher in the alcohol, it would have more character, but it is definitely worth it. Its soft taste is almost reminiscent of cognac.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Typical sherry nose: raisins, chocolate, tobacco. A touch of sulfur.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet and soft. A mouth full of forest fruits. Chocolate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Creamy. Not too long. The sweetness, in particular, sticks for a while.

  53. Davidveen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  54. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting - HWF-VBT 11: Sample 1
    • Nose
      honey, drop, pickles, leather, port, wood, salmiak, creme brulee, toffee
    • Taste
      honey, liquorice, banana, citrus, wood, caramel, cake belsag, oily, instant coffee, sherry

  55. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Dutch whisky forum virtual blind tasting 11 Sample 1.

    A sweet, fruity, easy going, friendly and appealing whisky. Possibly an ideal daily sipper. There's pretty complex flavours, but it's all so friendly, I'd almost wish for a bit more of a challenge. Scores around 86-87 points (based on the initial dram).

    Retasted it just now and it seems a little flatter and sharper in the finish. Still very tasty and pretty good value for money though (around €60 in NL).

    My initial guess: first fill sherry cask, 12 to 15 years old, abv 46% maximum (but probably even lower), a speysider (Aberlour/Balvenie?)... or something completely different of course.
    • Nose
      87 87
      a syrupy sweet and very friendly nose, candy shop, forest fruit jam, blueberry, blackberry, sour cherries, a little bit floral (lavender), toffee, some almonds, milk chocolate (praline).
    • Taste
      86 86
      creamy, sweet and fruity. Not very high in alcohol but damn tasty, dark and red fruits, blueberries, cherries, sweet tangerine, gumdrops, fudge, dark chocolate, coffee bitter, subtle wood spices like clove and sweetish pepper.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long - quickly dissipating dark sweet fruits shifting into loads of dark chocolate and cocoa, ending with wood spices and a little espresso note. The latter notes linger pretty long.

  56. andre8x8 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting: HWF VBT11 # 1

    Nose:
    The color immediately forces you one way, this has been on a sherry barrel.
    Very soft scent of raisins and dark red fruit. Sweet, buttery chat.
    Slightly alcoholic, max 48% based on the odor.

    Taste:
    Greasy, somewhat flat. No pronounced taste.
    Vanilla, some drying and wood.
    Probably a bit higher in age, and may have been in the barrel for too long.

    Finish:
    Fairly short and flat

    Age:
    15 years

    ABV:
    48%

    Score:
    83

  57. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind at Hetwhiskyforum blind tasting #11
    • Nose
      87 87
      This looks like a savory sherry ripened whisky. Many spices such as cardamom, old spice and five spice.
      With some time and air, chocolate comes up and that dominates considerably.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Indeed a full sherry mouth, but one with a lot of chocolate and pure cocoa influences.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Relative average length. The sherry influences continue to predominate. There is still some glue in the finish. Not disturbing, but recognizable.

  58. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  59. Erwin 1971Y scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Leather, ripe fruit, sherry, oak.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fruit, sweet, sherry, nuts
    • Finish
      81 81
      Licht peperig .. Sherry.

  60. MrNachbar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  61. PX-Michl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  62. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  63. Georges scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity (oranges, bananas), blackcurrant jam, chocolate, marzipan, spicy (cinnamon), leathery
    • Taste
      Fruity (oranges, raisins), figs, sultanas, butterscotch, nutty
    • Finish
      Medium long, oaky, spicy, raisins

  64. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In the nose, of course, clearly sherry dominated. Goes sourish fruits like sour cherries. Again and again a little mulled wine and a bit of herbs. Some fudge and then rather dry wood. In the mouth then only pretty creamy. The sour cherries were thickened with vanilla pudding. But then surprising spice with a bit of a penchant for sharpness. Maybe something like sour ginger wine gum. In the finish now again slightly sour fruits. A few herbs and maybe some leather. Then the oak.

    Immediately after pouring the sherry was set for me something. But that's gone after a few minutes. Then this is a neat malt. Blind, I might even have appreciated him a little younger. But I do not need a big bottle. For that I miss something the depth. For the price but certainly not wrong.

  65. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Billy Walker has already created great expectations with this filling in advance and at least in terms of color and in terms of key data, he is building on past achievements at Glendronach. The taste of the 15er has still potential upwards, or should I finally get Glendronach out of my head? Not easy...
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, slightly acidic, restrained caramel and hints of sherry on first crawling. Ripe plums and dark grapes follow, some birchwood and light floral notes, which are more in the second row. The whisky looks fresh and lively, 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 takes over. It is followed by fresh mint and a tingling on the palate. Toffee and honey can be found as well as soft sherry and orange, walnuts and rosemary. However, I can not (yet) define a clear taste.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Slight bitterness notes at the beginning, which quickly turn into a tingling on the palate and leaves herbal notes and a fine toffee flavor. The mint is invigorating, almost peppery and provides a medium to long finish.

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