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Overall rating
85.44/100
votes
13
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Single Malt Circle (MC)
Vintage
24.07.2012
Bottled
03.02.2020
Calculated age
07 years old
Casktype
First Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
900023
Number of bottles
365
Strength
64.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Mar 2020 3:23 pm by Zambo88
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 78.00

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 2012 MC

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.44 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2020] I had an excellent 10-years old Glenallachie yesterday (WB id 69062) that I scored astonishing 89 points so I wonder if this even younger one can keep this high quality promise...

    ...but unfortunately, it can not. I tasted several dozens of cask samples of six to ten years old drams from different distiileries during the last weeks and to be honest: most of the sherried drams tasted all about the same - like this one. They are all driven by these modern "designed" sherry casks that are produced by the Spanish bodegas upon request of the Scottish distilleries - not because the bodegas want to produce and sell sherry, they own most of their money by producing whisky casks nowadays. Unfortunately, such casks all taste the same hence young spirits matured in such casks all taste the same as well.

    Do not get me wrong, this is drinkable and if you do not know older sherried drams these youngsters are quite enjoyable too. But there is nothing of interest about these drams, and I am into whisky because I am curious to explore new aromas, tricky flavours and interesting profiles. Sorry folks, these "streamlined" hence uniform modern styles are not to my liking...
    • Nose
      82 82
      The colour is deep gold and the nose is very shy first and it opens up slowly upon breathing only. Then it offers the typical modern "designed" sherry style without much malt contributions (the malt is too young, as simple as that). There are no flaws but there are no highlights either, to me this is another boring "paedophelic" sherry nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is (a little) better as the sherry is not too dominant here and provides some space for the underaged malt flavours. No, I do not prefer these flavours but at least they provide some other aspects to my curious mind than just another boring modern "sherrsky"-taste (as many others). To be honest, I do not ask for a second dram...
    • Finish
      83 83
      The initial mouthfeel is hot with just a minor coating effect and some peppery moments. The finish is of medium length and contributes no additional impressions. There is an increasing drying mouthfeel towards the end of the finish as so often with these designed sherry casks (the wood is simply too tannic, still). Water releases some more chalky aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste, I like this dram best when reduced to about 46% abv.

  2. stefan_PB scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good ex-sherry malt from SSMC. Very good price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The first thing that comes to mind is a mulled wine when you smell it for the first time. The sherry is very dominant. The range of smells then begins with overripe red fruits (cherries?). A malt aroma is also noticeable, which then turns into coffee. However, everything is very discreet despite the 64.6% vol.
      With a sip of water, it opens again and releases notes of stone fruit. All in all very pleasant on the nose and looks older than the 7 years that he is.
    • Taste
      86 86
      I diluted this whisky a little for the first sip, the percentage is a bit too high for me. With the first sip, berry fruit notes and a nice sweetness immediately appear on the tongue. This is followed immediately by spicy, almost peppery notes that remain in the mouth for a long time. Later you notice delicate notes of vanilla and cocoa-like bitter tones. Despite the exuberant sherry taste, the whisky still looks fresh and fruity. He can't quite hide his youthfulness yet.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Laaaaaang !!! Caramel is there for a short time and immediately there is peppery that alternates with malt notes. You can also feel a minimal barrel note. The taste of the dark fruits, which run from the nose to the finish, you have in your mouth forever. Wonderful!

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