14 years of ageing was just right for this whisky, as the balance of oak and previous PX fill all marry nicely with the spirit. Definitely one for sherry lovers to get, and be patient - give it some air and it will really improve....
(N = Neat, W = With water)
Nick's Wine Merchant also had very similar findings as I did about this whisky:
N: Heavily sherry and dried dates, like a boozy Christmas cake. After giving it time, the alcohol/chemical fumes vanish, opening up deep, rich and dried fruits (like the SMWS profile!).
W: Plenty of deep, rich and dried fruit notes here, the minerality a dash more prominent with a hint of dried herbs as well. Lovely stuff.
N: The typical Glenallachie minerality is there with more of those boozy Christmas cake notes with dry and fruity sherry hitting the back of the mouth. Quite oily and filling, with the marriage of PX and spirit/oak so noticeable and enjoyable, and with time, the whisky becomes chewy.
W: Much more sherry, and the flavour becomes deeper and richer, lots of dried sweet dates and prunes.
N: A little hot and spicy but settles down nicely (especially with time) with lots of dried fruit and sherry notes, quite warming. This whisky behaves like a fine Ron Zacapa rum!
W: Not as hot/spicy, but like the taste, deeper and richer. A hint of minerality appears here as well.