I haven't had any bad whisky from GlenAllachie in the glass so I'm curious to see what this 13-year-old hand filled Glenallachie from the first-fill sherry butt has to offer. The very dark color promises me a very intense barrel influence.
In the nose, a powerful fruitiness dominates with cherries, blackberries, raisins and an aroma that reminds me a little of raspberry and Ahoyebraus powder. A few dashes of lemon juice provide a slight acidity that is wonderfully integrated. Dark nut chocolate is clearly noticeable, with a pinch of pepper and gingerbread spice and the wood from the oak barrel. However, the tart flavors only play a subordinate role. The fruitiness, which covers the spectrum from sour to heavy and boiled down, is the dominant part in combination with dark nut chocolate.
In the mouth, the whisky is initially very strong and tingles violently on the tongue. This shows the 59.8% alcohol content. Chilli spiciness tingles on the tongue, peppery tingling spreads in the mouth, together with a fruitiness of preserved fruits and the lemon juice splashes. Then the spice load rolls up with a lot of pepper, gingerbread spice and dark chocolate. I need some water, the alcohol content is too high. I dilute down to about 55%. The sharpness in the mouth is now weakened. The GlenAllachie takes on the mouth area sweetly and fruity, the spiciness and the dark chocolate become stronger again and combines great with the raisins, boiled cherries and the light note of raspberry-Ahoy bra, which goes wonderfully with it.
The finish is short to medium in length with a great combination of sweetness, fruit and spiciness. The sweetness is not as present as in the taste, the spiciness also brings dark chocolate with it, which develops in the direction of milk coffee. Hints of leather and tobacco are perceptible. Too bad that the finish suddenly disappeared so quickly ... I just had the aftertaste of raisins in my mouth sprinkled with pepper ... and now the quick finish tempts me to start the next sip.
I really enjoyed a successful malt. Intense and powerful aromas from the sherry barrel, which harmonize well with each other. If you don't like these modern sherry bombs, you probably won't be completely happy here. These types of sherry whiskys have been in great demand lately. I personally miss the complexity and filigree notes of such fillings more and more. This is again a representative of the variety: "It is not the most complex whisky, but it does what it should be able to do really well and with full power."
I get good 89/100 points.