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Glenallachie 15-year-old

Overall rating
82.98/100
votes
53
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

€ 8.12

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 15-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.98 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. DrulyaSipper scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    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

  5. glendronach64 scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. martinbuettner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

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