Glenallachie 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.67/100
votes
90
Whiskybase ID
WB167232
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Virgin Oak Series - Spanish Oak
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrel - Spanish Virgin Oak Finish
Number of bottles
6600
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060568322209
Added on
11 oct 2020 10:12 pm by peatbogger
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 63.94

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Whisky reviews for Glenallachie 12-year-old

29 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.67 points.

  1. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. steeno99 scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    A very nice well balanced sherried whisky which is not overpowering and has a good amount of complexity for its age. A very pleasant and drinkable dram but not the cheapest.

  4. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. notesofmalt scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Glenallachie 12 years, Spanish Virgin Oak, 48% alc. Original bottling (2020). Maturation: Bourbon barrels, then maturing for 18 months in unused Spanish oak barrels

    Nose: First of all, this Glenallachie appears spicy, dry and slightly hot. Ginger juice, chilli in milk chocolate, white pepper. Pretty closed thing, only with a little time does the sweetness get stronger. Freshly peeled mandarin meets coconut milk and almonds.

    Palate: Hot and unfortunately also alcoholic. Honey, malt and salted nuts, as well as oranges and cinnamon, lots of pepper and ginger. The sharpness clearly predominates.

    Finish: Long and dry, here too the spiciness continues to dominate. In addition, coconut, oak and a lot of ginger. Conclusion: From my point of view, this Glenallachie is unfortunately not only "aromatically hot", it also appears rather unripe. It becomes a little more harmonious with water, but the distillery can do it better. 77/100 points (2021).

    www.notesofmalt.com

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    It has something Irish.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Foam blocks, apple, cherry and vanilla sugar.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Blueberry, apple, mint, foam blocks, orange, chalk, caramel and pepper.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Apple, tangerine, foam blocks, hazelnut, mint and mocha.

  7. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 48%
    Aroma: Dry, fresh woody, bourbon. Spicy, fresh wood, sawdust, slight fruitiness, orange, cedar, cloves, and slightly cucumber pickle. (86 b)
    Taste: The taste with the aroma is well coordinated. Mostly dry, fruity, spicy, as well as the smell of cedar. (86 b)
    Points: 86/100
    Summary: Quite colorful and rich, it looks ripe, you can still find something in it, but the individual ingredients are quite poorly described, it is a mix of many different shades of aromas and flavors.

  8. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2020-11-12
    • Nose
      84 84
      earthy, orange, marzipan, bread, sherry
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet seasoning, sherry influence, (Christmas) spices
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. marmeladow scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An interesting GlenAllachie, which is characterized by oak wood, but which does not fully convince me and therefore seems too expensive to me.
    But over the time (2.5 months) the bottle, which is now almost empty, has left changing impressions, which indicates complexity.
    Always took a lot of time and 30 drops of water per 40 ml.
    Something for fans of special wood aromas and tart, dry single malts - no daily dram, not easy drinkable.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Clear oak barrel notes. First vanilla, a little coconut, noticeable sweetness with memories of good rum. Then oak with spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, also some pepper). Some citrus fruit in the background
    • Taste
      86 86
      Best of all: first mouth-lining and powerful with vanilla, caramel, honey sweetness and delicate bitter orange. Then clear oak with not always pleasant bitterness (tannin) and peppery spiciness including cinnamon and nutmeg pushes in and dominates a little too strongly
    • Finish
      83 83
      Rather short, warming, very dry and increasingly peppery. Sometimes even slightly burning. In addition, dark chocolate and espresso tones

  12. rozzy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Am, like many here, an Islay whisky fan. But can appreciate beautiful sherry or special finishes.
    This is one of them! Delicious full of flavor, beautiful (Spanish) oak flavor, delicious sweetness of honey.
    Big body and beautiful complexity. Fairly long finish with spicy notes and sweet hints, unfortunately not all of which I can name specifically.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Slightly stinging sweetness and spice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Creamy, viscous and honey-like sweetness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Full and reasonably long. Sweet and spicy.

  13. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Easy drinking malt. Nothing special, but certainly not bad either.
    • Nose
      spicy, herbs, a little honey, oak, later vanilla, light fruits. Alcohol is easily present
    • Taste
      spicy fruity, honey, vanilla, some pepper, citrus fruits, some chocolate
    • Finish
      sweet malty, some fruit in the background. Spices. Short

  15. EvilAFI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Much like the other wood series, I get unique wood flavors aside from oak & big bold baking spices. Not my cuppotea

  16. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Sweetish, fresh spiciness, honey, lots of wood

    taste
    Sweet, much sweeter than expected, lots of wood spice, pepper, becoming bitter

    finish
    Medium length, sweetish, intense woody spice, pepper

  17. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/01/20/swag-whats-in-your-cupboard-december-2020/

    N: More woody/resinous/active, and straight ex-bourbon-esque.

    T: Bourbon layer after bourbon layer, this is very straight ahead and savoury-sweet.

    F: Nicely spicy – the barley and oak sitting well together – and slightly fruity at the end.

    C: Robust ‘anchor’ whisky, fit for the base of a blend.

  18. zaphod155 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For me this drop is not really convincing. I've definitely had better Glenallachies. After a while in the glass, it gains a little in volume, but that doesn't really improve the overall result.
    • Nose
      Honey sweetness with a strong flavor. Some chocolate and some dried fruits. There are still grassy notes in the background. In between there is also a peppery sharpness.
    • Taste
      It starts with a dry sweetness. This is followed by the peppery heat. Some dark caramel. The sweetness doesn't last too long and gives way to an oak spice. The sharpness scratches your throat a little.
    • Finish
      The whisky disappears quite quickly without making a big impression.

  19. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  20. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    spices first, then vanilla and a dry oak, a note on the cereal
    mouth:
    spicy, orange zest, citrus bitterness, oaky again, almond, a little caramelized, a little on coconut, loose fruit, a little cinnamon again, honey and orange stronger at the end
    final:
    spices, cooked orange, raspberry juice in the aftertaste, woody for a monolithic finish.
    • Finish
      note the malt comes from an industrial partner.
      the 48 ° are put there to stand out a little from the eternal 46 ° minimum for cold filtering.
      oak series to leave more room for the distillate.
      18 months of ripening in virgin Spanish oak.

      creamier in 2nd pass.

  21. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 12-04-2020.

  22. Derufus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Odinson scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Ninofdram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  25. dramidaris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  26. LordBellamy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    with water: Orange oil comes to the fore, together with the cinnamon it reminds me of some evenings with brown tequila, oranges and cinnamon

    Conclusion: interesting, not unsightly, but somehow too out of round, too spicy, plus the rather short finish
    • Nose
      86 86
      Forest honey, cinnamon, vanilla, orange, slightly burnt coconut macaroon, nutmeg
    • Taste
      85 85
      Creamy mouthfeel, forest honey, some coconut, lots of tannins, oranges
    • Finish
      83 83
      surprisingly short, honey, subtle fruit, lots of oak spice (cinnamon and nutmeg)

  27. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Had a sample of this during a online tasting with Billy Walker, It is fairly priced and has a lot of the Glenallchie character that I like. But virgin oak and me are not going to be best friends.
    • Nose
      85 85
      I get caramel, honey, slight cinnamon, coconut and pineapple but the oak is very spicy on the nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite spicy, lots of honey, sugar sirup, oranges, milk chocolate, bit of coconut, cocoa and a slight cinnamon note but the spice is very dominant
    • Finish
      82 82
      Accents the taste but it is sooooo spicy, the virgin oak is killing the taste here with its spicynesss. Too bad.

  28. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I had all 3 GAs of the Virgin Oak Series in my glass at the same time, they are quite different, but nobody really convinced me - I have a hard time with Virgin Oak
    • Nose
      86 86
      Spicy orange, cinnamon stick, Bourbon vanilla, light Christmas punch - quite hot
    • Taste
      85 85
      initially sweet grapes, later also orange, milk chocolate, distinct dry, spicy oak - nevertheless tasty
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium long - very dry and spicy oak

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

    This GlenAllachie Single Malt with the Spanish virgin oak finish is clearly the spiciest of the three. Very tasty and multi-layered on the nose and palate, but much more spicy, dry and astringent than its French oak or Chinquapin oak counterpart. The fruit aromas and sweet notes do not really unfold here. For those who like it spicy and dry, however, this dram is just the right thing.

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

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/11/03/glenallachie-12yo-2020-virgin-oak-series-spanish-virgin-oak/
    • Nose
      Spicy on the nose with honey, orange and ginger. This is accompanied by fruity notes of orange and exotic fruit, mainly coconut. In the background, spicy oak resonates.
    • Taste
      Initially spicy on the palate, dry and slightly astringent. Then sweet honey, followed by orange and coconut aromas. Slightly warming with ginger, white pepper and creamy milk chocolate. Some oak towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is of medium length, slightly dry and spicy, with creamy milk chocolate, notes of bitter orange peel, ginger and dry oak spice.

      With water: After the addition of water, notes of creamy milk chocolate on the nose, followed by exotic fruits and some coconut. Spicy hints of white pepper and ginger. Spicy and creamy at the same time on the palate with oak, ginger, honey, vanilla, milk chocolate and a touch of coconut. The finish is still of medium length with dry and spicy notes of oak, ginger, orange peel and tannins.

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