Glenallachie 15-year-old

Overall rating
83.60/100
votes
69
Whiskybase ID
WB142441
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & PX Sherry Hogsheads & Puncheons
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Barcode
5060568320960
Added on
10 nov 2019 11:08 pm by PeterPuels
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 8.34

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Whisky reviews for Glenallachie 15-year-old

21 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.60 points.

  1. Astrid scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Doesn't look as young as the 12 year old bottling, but it should be that way. However, the distillate doesn't get any better, even if it was quickly flooded with sherry. There are still delicious flavors.
    • Nose
      83 83
      very loaded with sherry, polished European oak with a slight acidity and subtle cinnamon flavor, hazelnuts with caramel and some raisins, citrus sprinkles, vanilla, berry mix with orange, slightly chocolatey and oily, a warm buttered bread lies somewhere further away, unfortunately not particularly complex
    • Taste
      80 80
      put on sherry and a lot of spice, a lot of cinnamon, the oak looks a bit thin and drained, again acid notes, tingling spiciness rolls over the tongue, raisins and tobacco with bitter notes, malt in the background, walnut and clove, a trace of thyme
    • Finish
      77 77
      Cinnamon and acidity, thin wood, creamy sherry, earthy, clove and pepper, a hint of vanilla, later orange

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  3. snaotheus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Dark fruit, cooked pear or apple, some spice. Caramel/toffee sauce.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Lighter than I expected. Dark fruit first, maybe plums and molasses, some oak.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Lots of wood, a little raisin and molasses.

  4. DoktorDobre1000 scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Unfortunately, the first tasting fell short of my expectations. Unfortunately, the (perhaps wrongly) expected sherry impact didn't materialize. Nevertheless, a beautiful whisky that certainly rightly has its fans. However, it has not completely convinced me on the first try.
    The 46% are very well integrated and are not really noticeable. One or two percent more would certainly have suited this whisky.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Slightly weaker than expected, sherry, apples, berries, a bit diffuse or closed at first, some spruce resin, fruity, briefly dried apricots, dried cranberries coated in milk chocolate, a slight association of grapefruit, candied fruit

      There is a strong aroma of grape juice in the empty glass.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Despite its 46% quite calm on the tongue, very sweet at first, then becoming tart with more present sherry aromas, wood makes itself felt, stimulating strong salivation
    • Finish
      82 82
      Wood, some sherry, hints of coniferous wood, medium length and woody

  5. Yarema scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Time-smoothed very dirty pop alcohol.
    As for fifteen years, a very simple, faceless and bonal whisky.
    Sugar (caramel) plus mixed barrels with no prioritization of aroma and taste, not to mention the finish.
    Nose - 20
    Taste - 21
    Finish - 20
    Balance - 20
    Rating - 81

  6. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A real winter sherry malt. On the nose the distinct dark fruit components together with the chocolate / nut flavors actually known for Oloroso barrels. In the taste and in the finish, however, it is also significantly more tangy and spicy. The maturation of 15 years in oak barrels is clearly noticeable. Very aromatic and just the right malt for today. I really like the whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      As is well known, the eye also eats and the color of the malt with its mahogany promises a lot of good things. The tears on the edge of the glass move very oily and slowly. Right from the start, a good portion of dark fruit flavors, led by plum jam, ripe blood oranges, sour sour cherry compote and sultanas. So a nice classic sherry nose. The roasted hazelnuts could come from the Olorosofass portion. You can smell a distinct vanilla as well as sweet, dark caramel candy. After a while, aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and a little Maggi herb add to the scented spot pourri. The wood has an impression of dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      87 87
      With an oily, almost buttery-soft mouthfeel, the malt begins with the sweet plum jam from the nose. The toffee candy as well as the blood orange and the vanilla are also about to start. Then it becomes slightly peppery and changes significantly to the spicy side. Nutmeg and cinnamon now dominate. The alcohol is tangy but quite pleasant and, together with the spicy notes, forms a nice counterpoint to the sweet introduction.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Now the oak is fully in motion. But absolutely not bitter but aromatic. The wood aromas together with some dark coffee remain in the mouth for a long time. Along with decreasing fruity notes, leather is now also knocking on the door. A very pleasant finish!

  7. Bosi scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    I'm not a fan of Billy Walker whiskys and this one can't convince me either. The nose was surprisingly good, but in the mouth and finish I had the same impression as usual with Billy Walker: a lot of active barrel takes the whisky's air to breathe and makes everything somehow bland.
    • Nose
      The nose is really interesting and starts with leather and nut notes, which change with something towards Black Forest cherry cake. In the background there is a permanent hint of mint.
    • Taste
      Unfortunately, the taste doesn't keep what the nose promised. The overall impression is somehow woody with chili, Mon Cherie and a lot of bitter orange. Everything is a bit monotonous and not very complex.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and especially the chilli remains. There is also a light spice and some dark chocolate.

  8. DrulyaSipper scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nothing special, 12 years expression was way more interesting
    • Nose
      83 83
      Cognac notes, raisins, sweet
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium, sweet, raisins

  9. glendronach64 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    A good summer whisky, the sherry finish is hard to taste, a little too expensive for this quality.
    • Nose
      70 70
      Very straightforward, I would have expected more besides sweet and fruity, some toffee buzzes in the glass
    • Taste
      70 70
      It stays sweet and fruity, but also quite mild, reminds me of Irish whiskys.
    • Finish
      75 75
      The medium-long finish is still the best, different aromas appear, which I would have liked to have tasted intensely beforehand.
      It ranges from chocolate pudding to dark chocolate

  10. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's has a full palate, in which the sweetness from the sherry casks dominate. Still, it has this typical flavourful but idiosyncratic Glenallache palate, even without the use of virgin oak.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A busy nose: a bit floral and vegetal at first, with a hint of vinegar and cloves. Then the sweetness kick in: apple juice, caramel, forest fruits, sour cherries and cacao.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Thick and creamy with sweet fruits in the lead: raisins, banana, raspberry and candied citrus fruits. Dark chocolate, coffee and light spices. Very enjoyable!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sweet liquorice, marzipan, raspberry and vanilla. Turns into a dry spicyness with a glue/plastic like offnote.

  11. antoniod scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Was expecting more. Too watery in texture and not very complex. A bit harsh. Needs more time.

  12. Thermidor scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant sipper for almost anyone, but it has a strong wine gum side to it, which I think goes a bit too far.
    • Nose
      A bit of sooty smoke, and then tons of fruit candy smells, as if someone poured a bucket of wine gums into a cask of Deanston. Flour and dried barley, and some kind of lipstick for teens? I don't find any of the detail Serge lists in his review here.
    • Taste
      The body is round and smooth on the tongue. Tons of candy sherry, a veritable flood of Haribo and licorice. The only hints I get that this is a >10yo whisky are the lack of sharp ethanol and young distillate yeastiness. IMO this has been tuned and tinkered with until it's become tasty, but also a bit meh.
    • Finish
      Gummy candy and faint sooty smoke.

  13. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice standard bottling. It delivers what you expect.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Dark chocolate, Ritter Sport grape nut, rum raisin, plum. Vanilla, dried dates and figs. Sweet.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Malt sweetness. Soft. Canned caramel, plums, peaches and pineapple. Sweet and sour. Rum raisin with dark chocolate. Some oak spice.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length. Fruit acid with oak flavor. Dark chocolate.

  14. Martin1965 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The distillery character comes through nicely.
    I find it good !!!
    • Nose
      Sherry, fruity, spices, caramel, raisins
    • Taste
      Sherry, raisins, spices, berries, chocolate, orange peel
    • Finish
      Medium long and spicy with chocolate

  15. martinbuettner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. g00se did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    delicious sweet sherry paints.
    easy drinking.
    • Nose
      after 10min: sweet, rum raisins, dark chocolate and plum jam
    • Taste
      sweet, spicy
    • Finish
      unfortunately only short to medium length

  17. 2ndSip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant sherry-tinged whisky on the nose, unfortunately the taste then sags too much for me. He may need more time with air to be able to develop.
    Let's see how the 2020 bottling will be, which should be pure PX and Oloroso and dispense with the bourbon part.
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky --- but do I need a (second) bottle?]
    • Nose
      84 84
      A (PX) sherry tone with red, dried fruits is dominant on the nose. The (dry) fruits go towards raisins, plums, apricots but also an orange can be heard.
      With a little time lag, a fine note of almond-marzipan-brown-sugar is added, the orange opens up more and more and a minimal sour note appears - I don't find this annoying;
      on the contrary, it gives the malt a little more complexity. In the background a light aroma of oak can still be guessed, which should underline the 15 years.
      All in all: a sherry whisky without being crushed by the sherry.
    • Taste
      80 80
      very soft in the beginning, but the spice then builds up well ... ui, something emphatically malty spreads out and turns into a bitter note (bitterness). I did not expect that now.
      In the second sip, the sherry aroma is present again (sweet, red fruits), and the almond-marzipan direction also occurs, but the taste is more restrained than in the nose.
      For me the GlenAllachie bitter note (which I already had with the 12er) from the barrels comes across as too dominant. In my opinion, this simply pulls the fruit into a bitter note that doesn't have to be that way - but that's just my impression.
      Ah, the nose promised more than the taste arrived at.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Medium to long finish of (oak) spice that turns into dark chocolate. At the same time the orange swings into a bitter orange.
      This 'bitterness', which many malt lovers like, unfortunately predominates too much for me.

  18. marmeladow scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    As an avowed Billy Walker fan, I find here again a very interesting, multi-layered and beautifully matured whisky. Ordered a bottle after the miniature in order to track down this dream dram
    • Nose
      deep dark, bronze in the glass, already visually a pleasure (M10).
      After 15 minutes of breathing time there are echoes of the bourbon barrels, but above all the notes of the sherry barrels, whereby I smell a lot of PX: nut, plum, raisin, dry fruits, tart chocolate; but then also apricot, banana, citrus
    • Taste
      discreet sweetness, well integrated oak and spice. Again citrus (bitter orange, grapefruit). Lots of raisins, nuts and ripe fruit
    • Finish
      long, sweet and spicy at the same time, bitter-sweet with dark chocolate, orange peel and nuttiness

  19. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2020] From time to time I try one of these standard editions simply to check how they change over time. But I buy small miniature bottles only because too often an opened bottle ended up on the "forget-about-it-shelve"...

    ...but this bottle is easy drinkable when you are in the mood to just have a dram while concentrating on other things. It is easy drinkable but without any notable characteristics to remember by tomorrow.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers a simplistic but enjoyable profile with less sherry influence than one would expect given the dark colour. There are some fine ripe home-grown fruits (pears, peaches) beside the dominating barley sugars. The wood is rather shy but adds some spicy impressions, at least. It is okay-ish to sniff before taking the first sip but there is not much to explore.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is about the same - easy to quaff but uninteresting. It is an amalgam of barley sugars, sherry notes and toffee impressions. Do not get me wrong, this is perfect drinking stuff if you focus on different things and just want to have a dram while doing this - what is exactly most of these standard editions are designed for. But I do not recommend it for those who are really into single malt whisky for its complexity and sometimes surprising profiles.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The initial mouthfeel is warming without both any significant coating effects and distracting moments. The finish is rather short and gets increasingly drying and a little bitter towards the end. Water does no favour to this dram because it flattens out almost instantly.

  20. man2392 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted as part of a Royal Mile Whiskies virtual tasting with Billy Walker
    60% PX, 30% Oloroso, 10% Virgin oak
    -prunes, musk, dark chocolate,
    clementines on nose
    -watery, pain au raisin, cinnamon on
    palate.
    -mocha, black pepper, treacle
    -WITH WATER
    -hazelnuts, coffee, puff pastry

    Great nose, very watery and lacklustre on the palate, with a great finish.

  21. Myst111 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Was my first Glenallachia and it won't be my last. Very well balanced whisky with a fair price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very pleasant, some banana, vanilla, cinnamon, orange and caramel in the background
    • Taste
      84 84
      Banana, creamy, pepper and chocolate
    • Finish
      81 81
      long and spicy, dark dark chocolate remains

  22. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Boring against the 10-year-old, can't keep up with the smell or the finish. Tastes anyway ;-))

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