Glenallachie 11-year-old

Overall rating
85.22/100
votes
172
Whiskybase ID
WB152144
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Port Wood Finish
Bottled
09.03.2020
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
American Oak Barrels / Port Wood Finish
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L090320 3 20:53 BB
Barcode
5060568321653
Added on
17 mar 2020 6:06 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 72.83

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172 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Glenallachie 11-year-old

36 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.22 points.

  1. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    20 21 20 21 82

    Cute finishing theme, quite normal for a drink.

  2. Marcel74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The successor of last year's 10 year old and I think this one is a lot better, again nicely unchill filtered and natural color as it should be
    • Nose
      The nose starts with some closed aromas of sweet red fruit, after some time and a drop of water this becomes a fresh fruitcake of red fruit, strawberries, raspberry, cherry, honey and vanilla
    • Taste
      Very fruity and sweet, but also beautiful the barley in the background ground, again that red juicy fruit dominates, also some syrup and butterscotch is noticeable
    • Finish
      A bit dry at first, but after some time and water it becomes oily which makes for a long sweet aftertaste

  3. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 80 points Shoplink Moderator

    In the autumn of last year, I led the masterclass Glenallachie at the Czech Whisky Festival, which took place untraditionally at this time. I provided 5 tasting notes within it and in the end I also allowed myself to evaluate and organize them. Before that, I finally tasted them more than half a year after the tasting. It was a 10 cl sample, so there was more than enough material.

    Undiluted turned out as follows:
    1. Glenallachie 11yo Grattamacco Wine Finish (WB182506)
    2. Glenallachie 30yo (WB176604)
    3. Glenallachie 13yo Rioja Wine Finish (WB182508)
    4. Glenallachie 11yo Port Wood Finish (WB152144)
    5. Glenallachie 12yo Sauternes Wine Finish (WB182507)

    After subsequent dilution with water, the order was slightly changed to:
    1. Glenallachie 30yo (WB176604)
    2. Glenallachie 11yo Grattamacco Wine Finish (WB182506)
    3. Glenallachie 13yo Rioja Wine Finish (WB182508)
    4. Glenallachie 12yo Sauternes Wine Finish (WB182507)
    5. Glenallachie 11yo Port Wood Finish (WB152144)

    It was not my first masterclass Glenallachie and I have tasted more than enough samples from this distillery. With few exceptions, I was not very interested. For this reason, I was very pleasantly surprised by the 11yo Grattamacco Wine Finish, which was simply significantly different from the others. Along with 21yo (WB168872) and 1989 Cask No. 6121 (WB161721) probably the only one from the production of this distillery, for which I could imagine buying the whole bottle.

    In the case of this Port Wood Finish, it seemed to me as if the addition of water had "stripped" the finish and significantly worsened the overall impression. In this regard, I understand why Billy Walker did not recommend adding water to his products in one of the tastings. ;)
    • Nose
      Nutmeg, vanilla sugar, strawberry pudding, cane sugar, lime peel and strawberry jam.

      After adding water: banana sheikh, vanilla cream and apricot.
    • Taste
      Distinctive alcohol. Slightly artificial and slightly astringent. Cherry liqueur, cherries in chocolate, fruit candies, strawberry pudding, cherry stone, dark chocolate, orange jam, candy.

      After adding water: dandelion honey, apricot kernels, bitter almonds, egg yolk and sugar cream, banana and biscuits.
    • Finish
      Dry, woody. Lightly pearls. Cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg and cherry stone.

      After adding water: fresh, menthol, light cocoa, saponification, vanilla and banana peel.

  4. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A nice, balanced malt. The finish was on point here and brings a great mix of sweet fruits and oak. The bottlings of the Wood Finish series have actually always been able to convince me so far.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/glenallachie-11-years-port-wood-finish/
    • Nose
      In the nose it starts fruity and sweet. The aroma reminds me of apple compote, strawberry jam and sweet fruit salad. This fruit cocktail also contains dried fruits such as raisins. At the same time, I also feel a distinct spiciness from the barrels, which I associate with fruit and spice bread, as well as milk chocolate. After the first try, the spicy notes become even more intense and combine beautifully with the fruits. That reminds me of apple and plum cake.
    • Taste
      On the tongue it is initially less sweet, the spice of the oak is immediately present. Then the sweetness becomes more intense, as do the fruits. I find the strawberry jam and raisins again. It reminds me a bit of grape nut chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and very slightly bitter. Here, too, the chocolate can be clearly perceived, but more as dark chocolate. There are also light notes of coffee, which fade away together with the slight bitterness of the oak.

  5. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Vinous, marzipan, almond, red fruits, some vanilla. (89p)
    TASTE: Sweet, quite spicy, (good) red candy, orange, mint. (88p)
    FINISH: Mint, red and yellow candy, dried ginger, long. (88p)
    OVERALL: Total score 88 points.

  6. Sb17sw scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Deteriorates with water - don't try it.
    But without it has a nice port character on the nose but is a bit spiritdriven. The finish is round and medium long.

    Not overly happy with this one.

  7. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. niggy1813 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    An exciting battle. Team fruitcake starts so strong that they might be the favorite but then team wood and spices fights back so dominantly, that they change the game and win two of three rounds. What a beautiful game.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruitcake with cream topping. Forest fruit, strawberry, cherry and biscuit playing in a team against wood and spices. Team fruitcake wins this round.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Second round. Same opponents. Win for team wood and spices with their players allspice, tannins and tobacco.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Round three, second win for wood and spices. And they celebrate the victory long and extensive.

  9. serejja scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Loses momentum over time with almost only chocolate left, but overall a great value for money. Totally enjoyed this dram.
    Very dark fruit, raisins, cookies, chocolate, berries
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Stouby scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Tønden online tasting, as PX sherry cask finish, For Denmark only.
    Golden. Barrel, pepper, light dry, light vanilla, light fruit. Light body.

  11. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Strong port aromas, light orange and cinnamon. A bit alcoholic at first, but subsides quickly. Vanilla and herbs. You can smell the Glenallachie note very clearly.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Vanilla, cinnamon, dark berries, strawberry compote, alcohol quite well integrated.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spicy finish, the sweetness has almost completely evaporated. The woody bitterness is evident and lingers on the palate with cherries and pepper. Overall finish medium to long. A drinkable malt!

  12. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Lcluy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. marmeladow scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Once again a successful wood finish by Billy Walker. The port aromas are in a tasty balance with the oak spiciness and the influences of the ex-bourbon barrels.
    Full enjoyment over a good 2 months with multi-faceted. often also edgy nuances - also for various connoisseurs. Tolerates a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Color shimmering henna red. Round and varied aromas. Port wine, sweetness, vanilla, lots of red berries including strawberries - sometimes impressive like red fruit jelly. Later also raisins.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Mouth-lining, powerful, delicious pairing of the creamy sweetness with oak spices. Including cinnamon, nuts, red berries, roasted aromas, caramel, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      89 89
      somewhat alcoholic. Getting drier with bitter notes like espresso and stronger spiciness.

  15. Vis2020 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. RJKrueger scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A whisky with good drinking strength and a somewhat restrained port wine influence that disappears too quickly towards the end. What the nose promises, it doesn't keep the taste for me.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lots of fruit notes on the nose. Cherry peach, tangerine. Red wine notes and some tartaric acid. Almonds and some chocolate. Very soft and comfortable.
    • Taste
      84 84
      At first creamy and sweet with lots of fruit, then the spiciness comes up and then lingers with woody, slightly bitter notes.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium-long finish with more bitter notes. Where has the port gone?

  17. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    One of the GlenAllachie series of different barrel maturations, in this case Port. The cranberries and the herbal notes are particularly striking for me, but overall one of the weaker versions is still good for me. Here I would put some money on top and then rather buy one of the excellent single cask bottlings ....
    • Nose
      86 86
      Glue stings something in the nose, vanilla, dark preserved fruits, mazy, oak, slightly herbaceous, chocolate, spicy,
    • Taste
      84 84
      Somewhat grapefruit / bitter / tart, dry, cranberries, herbaceous like sage, cocoa.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Dryness remains, as does sage and other herbs and spices.

  19. jkswift scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  20. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Erik1908 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Bought a bunch of various Glenallachie samples to find out if under leadership of Billie Walker they can indeed reach the level of Glendronach. Some are good; some not so good.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Love the nose. Mild, gentle and sweet Port influences. For sure loads of red fruit and vanilla. It starts of great!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Bit oily and thick. Combination of spices (but not too much) and fruitiness; plums if I am not mistaken.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long and slightly bitter in the end.

      Nice to taste an occasional sample, but not good enough to buy a complete bottle.

  22. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Derufus scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Ninofdram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. whiskytornado scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Florius scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

  27. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Typical Glenallach character with a lot of fruitiness and a certain spiciness.
    Young, rebellious character. Would I buy it again? No, it is not balanced enough for this and lacks depth.

  28. Heutje scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Sherry, port in the background. Fruity a lot of persic.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Wonderfully soft, Persik, sherry, cinnamon. Delicious but no depth or surprise.
      Just fine dram for 11 years
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium

  29. robse211 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  30. domani scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Without depth, but at least a fruity whisky as you can expect from a port wine finish. Unfortunately a little too tame despite the 48% - 06/10/2020
    • Nose
      82 82
      Red berries, malt and cereals behind it, but the aroma in the background looks very unbalanced, wine gum, an artificial perfume note resonates, scented candle, soapy, the nose of the port wine finish is relatively noticeable
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fruity, very watery texture, ginger, blackberry, blueberry, some barrel flavor, walnut, sticky-sweet
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length

  31. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I usually find port and whisky a good combination. In this case I think the port finish is less successful. Little port influences, quite watery whisky (48% at all).

    Taste again soon, for now somewhat disappointing.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  32. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A luscious, fruity single malt with delicate chocolate notes. The port wine casks gave this whisky, in addition to its great ruby red colour, nice red fruit aromas, accompanied by sweet spices and lots of dark chocolate. These chocolate notes increase considerably more after adding water. A liquid dessert after a good meal.

    I thank Kirsch Import e.K. for the complimentary sample.

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/05/18/glenallachie-11yo-2020-port-wood-finish/
    • Nose
      The nose starts off with ripe red fruits, creamy fruit compote with plums, followed by vanilla, a sweet spice and dark chocolate in the background.
    • Taste
      Sweet and powerful on the palate with a mix of red fruits: cherries, plums and berries. Warming spicy notes with delicate dark chocolate towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long lasting and creamy with sticky red fruit jam. It dries out towards the end with fine cocoa.

      With water: Fresher and tingly on the nose after adding a few drops of water. The wonderful red fruit aromas are accompanied by considerably more dark chocolate. Beery, creamy and fruity on the palate with a restrained spiciness. Here too, there are clearly more chocolaty notes. The finish is slightly shorter with lots of dark chocolate and dry notes of espresso.

  33. Whiskybayer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    I don't get warm with the new Glenallachie series. I think the 15 standard is very good. The rest of them disappoint me across the board. Rye, Port, Madeira, Marsala and PX do not meet expectations. Rather choose the 15 Glenallachie or Glendronach for the price. Here the price is right and so is the whisky. Full and ripe in contrast to the finish series. These are too thin and watery for me, despite 48%
    • Nose
      Light fruits like apricot or something, some spice like cinnamon, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      Some plums, apricots, wood and watery despite 48%
    • Finish
      short and thin, some men's chocolate

  34. RobbievdB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this port finished GlenAllachie third in a row after the Rye and Moscatel finish. I also like this port finish. It’s very fruity with lots of raspberries, strawberries and cherries. Dangerously drinkable :)

  35. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Tinned peaches with a good amount of cinnamon, but also some burlap, rose water and elderflower. Finally a touch of cocoa. Fresher than expected.
    • Taste
      Super creamy and rather well-balanced. Some soft spices are lifted by strawberries, raspberries, cherry syrup and a whisper of cocoa powder.
    • Finish
      A wave of berries with a touch of rose petals.

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