Overall rating
84.78/100
votes
29
Whiskybase ID
WB159200
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Alistair Walker Whisky Company (AWWC)
Bottling serie
Infrequent Flyers
Vintage
2005
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Refill Puncheon
Casknumber
69290
Number of bottles
643
Strength
59.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Release No. 20
Barcode
5060688360198
Added on
28 may 2020 2:47 pm by Double Barrel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 79.65

3 × in wishlist

29 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Allt-a-Bhainne 2005 AWWC

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.78 points.

  1. Dutchdram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Some sweet notes like honey and caramel. Fruity notes follow. Oranges, grapefruit and apples. A weird note of popcorn. At the end some darker notes like cinnamon, malt and oak.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Extremely bitter! In the beginning notes of malt, bittermacarons and dark chocolate. But also some black pepper, cinnamon and a hint of anice. Also a note of bourbon. Only fruity note of grapefruit. At the end some oak and a tiny hint of honey on the background.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium-long. With notes of oak, bitter macarons, some anice and cinnamon.

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  3. EricLeeee scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    83/100
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    starts off almost too sweet and ends almost too bitter.

    It juuuust manages to keep both within just the right range with a bit (a lot) of time and tweaking.

    I've gone back and forwards over this.

    20 minutes out of the sample bottle, the sweetness dominated.

    Another 10 minutes and all was good.

    Then, for a while, I thought there was too much of the coffee grounds and grapefruit left at the end.

    I put some water in it, tried again and gave up.

    Ended up putting that back in the sample bottle and forgetting about it for 24 hours.

    That did the trick. The bitter notes were tamped down and the honey from early in the finish came forward in the mix.

    Ended up in a great place.

    Still, I'm not sure I can really recomend it and scoring it is difficult. It jumped from the low 7s to low 8s.
    • Nose
      77 77
      Red grape juice, carmelised banana malt fritters, nectarine puree, umeshu, vanilla and almond extract
    • Taste
      79 79
      Boiled fruit sweet fumes. Sweet arrival of apricot jam and salted caramel. Kinder-egg chocolate, sugared almonds, Damson gin, white pepper, horseradish
    • Finish
      76 76
      Clover honey, peppermint and pepper, cardamom and coffee, grapefruit

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Overripe Fruit

    This is the 20th release from Infrequent Flyers, the company run by Alistair Walker (son of legend Billy). I have to confess that I have very little experience with Allt-a-Bhainne, the distillery that was built by Seagram’s in 1975 and produces some 4 million litres of spirit per annum. It is considered a typical blender’s whisky. But I’m sure there is a very good reason why Alistair bottled this cask.

    Well, on the nose this is certainly very pleasant. Fresh, fruity and floral with notes of almond shavings and quince. Also some candied pineapple and orange marmalade. A bit candy-like, that that’s pleasant enough during the summer.

    It’s arrival is quite sturdy and relatively piquant on white pepper, but nicely balanced with lots of overripe fruit. Next to pineapple and oranges I also get some apricots and a hint of kiwi. Honey by the truckload. Very sweet, but satisfying at the same time.

    The finish is lovely: long, sweet and spicy.

    It would have been a waste had this cask been blended away. Lovely Allt-a-Bhainne. Around 85 EUR. Thanks for the sample, Gunther.

  7. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Odinson scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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