In the nose I immediately have a very strong and heavy sweetness and fruitiness. Rum raisins, dates, dark cherries and a hint of orange. Everything is boiled down, then poured honey and sprinkled with pepper and some cinnamon. The tannins from the Oloroso barrel lie gently on top. I have associations with dark grape-nut chocolate and perceive a slight glue note like I find in bourbon. Fortunately, however, so discreet that it does not interfere. This adhesive note is one of the reasons why I never found access to the bourbon. But here I have the impression that I have put a splash of Blanton's gold into the whisky. Overall, the whisky looks too charged. I'm a friend of strong flavors, but that's a bit much. As a result, the complexity is somewhat lost. But with 12 years of maturity, you can't expect too much complexity anyway. With a few drops of water, the whisky loses intensity, the orange becomes a little clearer and the whisky is no longer as heavy, but becomes a little fresher with more citrus flavors.
In the mouth, the whisky is very creamy and strong at the same time. 61.2% alcohol has an enormous power and this whisky shows that. But the alcohol is well integrated, but brings some hot ginger on the tongue. First, however, this incredible sweetness spreads, reminiscent of maple syrup. The raisins and dates accompany the sweetness, then it becomes peppery and a little spicy. The tannins from the Oloroso barrel are there, but not overly strong or bitter. A dark chocolate completes the whole thing. Very tasty in the mouth, I like the whisky!
The finish is sweet with forest honey, pepper, dates and raisins. The tannins integrate well and form an important counterpoint to the sweetness so that it does not become too much of a good thing. The mouth becomes drier slowly, the ginger leaves some of its spiciness and all flavors bow to the dominant sweetness and fruitiness. I would describe the finish as medium.
So far I haven't had any bad whisky in my mouth from GlenAllachie. What Billy Walker is doing is just good! But nobody has ever knocked me out of my socks. Not this whisky either.
But it's still a great whisky and I'm getting more and more eager to try more of GlenAllachie. It was delicious!
I therefore earned 88/100 points! And so the whisky plays for me in the top third of the 1st league, if you would transfer it to the football world :)