Glenallachie 10-year-old

Overall rating
87.70/100
votes
360
Whiskybase ID
WB167436
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 4
Bottled
09.09.2020
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
PX & Oloroso Sherry Puncheons + Virgin Oak
Number of bottles
15600
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L09092020306:52BB
Barcode
5060568321684
Added on
14 oct 2020 3:21 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 421.53

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Whisky reviews for Glenallachie 10-year-old

66 users have left 67 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.70 points.

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    with water: with water, the orange note comes through stronger, but still has a lot of punch in the nose, in the mouth it becomes nice and soft, but the tannins (virgin oak) are still strong

    Conclusion: delicious, very delicious, and a super nice drinking whisky for 50.00 EUR. But why always this oak punch with cinnamon spices through the virgin oak casks? Without this influence I would like it even better.
    • Nose
      clear sherry character, but the base is honey, orange and vanilla, overlaid with dark chocolate, raisins, dark cherries, coffee, cinnamon, the alcohol is good, but not perfectly integrated, which gives it a ginger sharpness
    • Taste
      nice mouthfeel, sweet sherry, vanilla, cookie dough, chocolate, almonds
    • Finish
      long and intense, sherry, chocolate, raisins, honey, orange peel, ginger, on the back quite dry oak tannins

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  3. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Slightly overtanned malt, with hints of cognac in the aftertaste. Sherry tones are less noticeable in it, unlike 3, 5 and 6 batches.
    • Nose
      Dried berries, spicy spices, paradise apples, broken branches.
    • Taste
      Dried fruit compote, stale prunes, spices, cherries, tannins.
    • Finish
      Medium length, dry, with cognac notes and a high content of tannins.

  4. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very decent modern sherried whisky. Though not the hype the internet made it to be, e.g. clearly lost against a 2015 bottling of Dronach 15 with lower abv. Recommended if found sub 80 EUR

  6. Leonis scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

  7. dramblingman scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      This is a high proof whisky, but I barely get any ethanol burn while nosing. Up front I get light brown sugar, the kind I loved putting on my pancakes as a kid. My mother used to make American style pancakes with raisins in the batter, and that’s what the nose reminds me of. I also get hints of apple and cinnamon, which together brings to mind apple turnovers. A drop of water brings out the fruitiness of the dram even more, specifically dried prunes come to mind.
    • Taste
      There’s a slight burn on the edges of the tongue, but overall, it’s very light for the proof this dram offers. I clearly pick up oak tones, kind of reminiscent of chewing on a popsicle stick long after the ice cream has gone. I’m also picking up some butter, fudge, and hints of full-bodied red wine. The latter is probably the Oloroso influence, but I describe it as wine because it reminds me more of a pinot noir than a sherry. A drop of water ads a wallop of cream to the palate and dampens the sharpness of the oak. The water seems to make the flavours more well-rounded.
    • Finish
      There’s a very long and complex finish on this one. Dark chocolate and coffee tones linger. I find myself thinking of tiramisu, but without the mascarpone. The coffee-soaked lady fingers and cacao sprinkling are more upfront. The raisins from the nose also find their way back near the end of the finish.

  8. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. whiskyorigins scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    A slightly different profile compared to Batch 5, but hard to say which one is better - both are very good.

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Obynapewno scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      oily on the nose, dominated by dark fruit, cherries, plums, chocolate, cocoa, raisins
    • Taste
      not so sweet here anymore, coffee, espresso, caramel, chocolate, plums, cinnamon
    • Finish
      medium-long, chocolate, coffee

  12. HW74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Exceptional malt, not everyone likes it, but if you like it, then it's an experience
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. Chris_V_Swan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A very sherry-heavy, strong and sweet-delicious whisky.
    A kind of trademark of the new direction of the Glenallachie Distillery. Thank you Billy Walker.

    A little water is good for him.
    • Nose
      Cherry-toned, sherry-heavy, sweet-sour, spicy and with the unique rosy-kissy-sour note of Glenallachie.
    • Taste
      Powerful.
      Sweet.
      Spices, including pepper.
      The alcohol is already noticeable but overall well integrated.
    • Finish
      Medium length, on the cherry side.
      A little astringent.

  14. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The best batch so far (1-4), way more sherry influenced compared to prev. batches.
    Concerning price/performance ratio: 9/10
    • Nose
      Sherry, dark fruits, berries, raisins, chocolate, hints of leather.
    • Taste
      Sherry, chocolate, some nuts, berries, caramel and some sweet pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sherry-honey-chocolate.

  15. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    18.09.2021
    • Nose
      Forest berry jam, cherry, cherry chewing gum, dark dried fruits, some caramel, some cinnamon, a little chocolate, some wood comes through
    • Taste
      Forest berry jam, cherry, cherry lye gum, red currants, nuts, some coffee, spices, some wood

  16. Dutchdram scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
      Loaded with dried fruits. Think of raisins, dates and prunes with a hint of old sherry. Followed by orange peels, cherries and blackberries. Lovely caramel and syrup. Great spicy layers with notes of cinnamon, cloves and christmas cake. At the end amazing notes of new leather, cacao and a hint of ginger.
    • Taste
      95 95
      In the beginning fruity with notes of raisins, dates, plums and raspberries. Going over to many spicy notes like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cacao and at last ginger. Roasted notes like dark chocolate and espresso, followed by old leather. At the end lovely notes of old dusty books and old oak
    • Finish
      94 94
      Very long and warm! What did you expect? Notes of caramel, dark chocolate, cacao, nutmeg, cloves and a hint of spearmint lingers on and on and on.

  17. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Floral, flowers, raisins, cherries, strawberry, sugar melon, coffee, apple, eucalyptus, honey, chocolate

    Taste: raisins, anise, licorice, red fruit, liquorice

    Finish: liquorice, raisins, candied fruit

  18. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very intense sherry aromas. However, they don't seem artificial. Delicious.
    • Nose
      89 89
      intense sherry notes, spicy, alcohol is slightly present, dark and dried fruits, raisins, some caramel
    • Taste
      90 90
      intense sherry notes, dark fruits, caramel, berries, grapes, slightly sweet and yet slightly sour. strong and spicy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      strong, briefly sherry, fruity and sweet, then becoming a bit sour. quite a long time

  19. kikist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This is really nice whisky just too much cask driven for my taste...
    This whisky needs time and water
    • Nose
      flower, milk, chocolate, plums, banana, marmalade, huba buba
    • Taste
      sour, warm, cloves, soap, fruit, dry figs
    • Finish
      alcoholic, dry, dusty, dark chocolate, cloves, coffee

  20. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. MasterMork scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  22. JungleDram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. I_am_not_HS305 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    to all these green, blue and yellow 94+ points raters:

    it's still a Glenallachie 10, not a 25, not a 30 or a 1989 SC.

    There are the 90+ points and even there, avg ratings are more equivalent.

  24. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Color: almost brown.
    This is the whisky that won the title of best single malt in the world at the World Whiskys Awards 2021. Very good, for sure, but maybe I was expecting something more
    • Nose
      tobacco, dark chocolate, red fruits, very well kept alcohol. With water it becomes cooler and a note of bread emerges
    • Taste
      in the mouth it pinches a little, slightly tannic, a lot of chocolate and spices. With water come out cereals (bread) and licorice
    • Finish
      long, sweet, chocolate and licorice

  25. Don Cassi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts intensely with waves of dried fruits, nuts, marzipan and spices. Tends to be between 12 and 15.

    In the mouth it is intense, heavy and woody-spicy, much more interesting than its brothers.

    The finish is similar: heavy, spicy wood and nut notes alternate with light, sweet and fruity marzipan notes.
    Length: 6/10

    Great, intense and varied sherry malt, which adds interesting facets to the heavy sherry character through its virgin oak content. The alcohol is noticeable but not bothersome.

    Note 1-

  26. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Almost a "simulacrum malt" that mimics longer maturation time by expert use of reracking, finishing and sherry seasoning. Very modern, but pretty good.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very fruity (red berries) and raisiny, with a sour / winey touch. The high ABV produces a cooling impression (menthol). A bit of leather and loose tobacco. Perhaps a slight herbal undertone from the distillate behind all that sherry. Expertly blended; I really like that there's no hyperactive fresh oak coming through. Seems older than it is for this reason.
    • Taste
      85 85
      A handful on the tongue – I'd say this needs dilution. PX in the lead. Very sweet, with some spiky tannins – the virgin oak provides an extra kick. Water balances it out nicely. Still very fruity, with delicious chocolate and umami components.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Back to earth – it's just a ten-year-old, after all...
      Ends on cherry-flavored cough drops, dark chocolate – and a slight burn in the esophagus...

  27. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Oak, coconut, cherry jam, coffee candy, digest biscuit. Mandarin orange with peel, canned apricots. Honey black tea, sweet nuts, blackcurrant, Nutella hazelnut spread, black pepper. Good thing is that it doesn't have excess menthol. More spices like clove after a sip. Great balance of sherry and virgin oak aged whisky.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Orange jam, blackcurrant, black plum, pepper spiciness kicks in and strengthen to a mid-high level. Cherry, little bit of oak bitterness, coffee bean, ends with tannin.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mint chewing gum for less than 10s. Cinnamon, vanilla, cherry jam lingering, citrus zest, black tea, coffee candy, left with light tannin and espresso.

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/05/28/whisky-galore-part-1-2/

    N: Initially tasted blind, I first latch onto a baked almond-nutty delicatessen selection that leads to a clear-as-day sherry-driven sweetness – most likely a cask mix? Indeed, this one utilises PX and oloroso, as well as virgin casks.

    T: This is strong/formidable spirit. Those casks talk, but boy are they nice casks. I find this more syrupy than Batch 1 [to follow], but we are well within [my] acceptable limits. We see a few contour changes en route to the finish line.

    F: Appearing to be more painting by numbers compared to batch 1, up until now, the cleanly creamy gingery lactic dry,.. milky coppery,.. fearless finish is a redeeming quality.

    C: I wouldn’t be surprised if this pops up in a Ralfy review before too long.

  29. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  30. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Wummy scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Unfortunately for me a flop. Gummy bears in the nose, then also in the mouth and a lot of badly integrated alcohol. Unfortunately, the bitterness in the finish doesn't improve my impression. For me personally, not a candidate to buy, the hype surrounding this bottling does not reveal itself to me.

  32. Volker Gude scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    nice color, lots of cherry, dark fruits, chocolate a recommendation!

  33. hlz30 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My first Glenallachie. I planned to have it tasted next to the batch 3, but i have left enough volume for that comparison to be held later (i am buying samples).
    Super valued dram, but ridiculously priced in China now. The price simply tripled in two weeks! How lucky the buyers are, who ordered the batch 3 at the rather bargain price (RRP) but received the batch 4 by mistakes...
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherried but not a monster. First came the baked almonds, dark chocolates, and they were rather sedated. For the lighter , asending fruity aroma, there were ripen plum, nectar and strawberries, along with zesty orange and apple. Adding water brought out the milky caramel, and reinforced the tangy oranges. Sour dough and coffee in the emptied glass
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily rich, round but also presented the tannins well. The alcohol was so well-integrated. Caramel and cherries sweetend up the tongue. The sour and salty berry juice along with the oak spices paved their way to the sides of the tongue. Meanwhile, the bitterness tannins and espresso quickly arrived at the end of the tongue. Adding water brought out the floral fragrance when chewing.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medum to long, not dried. Oaky spicy, chestnut chocolates. The mouth just keep watering...

  34. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Heresyatina is not mine ... I will try not to climb here anymore, so as not to spoil the evaluations of the releases ... 85

  35. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  36. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Big and bold flavours, Batch 4 of GlenAllachie's 10 Years Cask Strength series certainly delivers on its promise.
    • Nose
      Lots of raisins, prunes and dates with touches of apricots and chocolate truffles. Soft notes of tobacco, menthol and cinnamon, but also cherry syrup. Finally some gentle ginger and a whiff of saw dust.
    • Taste
      Sticky mouthfeel. Plenty of dried fruit again (mostly figs and dates), but also redcurrant marmalade, treacle and a good amount of star anise. There's a spicy element here too, with some cracked black pepper corns, cloves and nutmeg. Whiff of milk chocolate and oak.
    • Finish
      Bitter orange peel, but the spices remain. A soft note of cocoa powder too.

  37. John87 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  38. leeho scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
      I don't often write a piece of text when reviewing a whisky. But this whisky deserves an ode, especially when you consider the price. Sublime in every way, with a little water it gets even better. Class! Billy Walker just rocks the show!
    • Finish
      89 89

  39. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  40. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    1559) The GlenAllachie, 10YO, Cask Strength
    B2...86pt, B3...86pt, thought B3 score just slightly higher at decimal level. Now this B4 won the highest accolade, so trying this with much anticipation.
    • Nose
      N- Vanilla with typically PX raisins and dark cherry. Quite hefty waves of heats to warm the nose, with spicy young starfruits, figs, dried persimmon and a RyJ corona. Sourish sandalwood from the VO? (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Stunning compote of fruit with flows of infused lavender menthol, spicy, toasted clove and cinnamon. Dark chocolate with black plummy raisins, cafe mocha with extra cocoa. Swirls on palate to tease out the dried orange and vanilla apricot. (91/22)
    • Finish
      F- Long, hint rubber at the background. Warm tropical fruits coming through with spicy mouthfeel. (87/21)

      B/B- 90/22 Same fate as the earlier 2 batches. Decent nose-posh on palate-ordinary finishing. So if can't get hold of this batch as this will be flying off the shelf by now, get the batch 3 or 5 instead. Yet try the B5, but trust will be equally good or even better.

      Weighted Rate- 86pt

  41. Lcluy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  42. kornie scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Great Dram !!!
    Best single malt worldwide at the World Whisky Awards 2021

  43. whiskytip scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    I've got a bottle open at the moment (March 2021) and I have to say I think this whisky is underscored by the community, just because it is not priced high.

    It's like eating an expensive tray of chocolates, with falvour hidden within each one. It is magnificent.

    It will be looked back on as a total bargain. It also just won World Whisky Awards, best single malt in the world http://www.worldwhiskiesawards.com/winner/whisky/2021/worlds-best-single-malt-world-whiskies-awards-2021 - so £55 looks like a steal.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Intense sherry, plain chocolate, raisons, orange peel, cinnemon, pepper, sugared ginger chocolate mouse
    • Taste
      95 95
      Big taste with dark chocolate coated, sherried amaretto almonds, hint of herbal liquer, hint of espresso, fresh oak, dried fruit
    • Finish
      90 90
      Impressive, with choc, sugar syrup & vanilla,

  44. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  45. dapoinbua scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    March 2021:
    Glenallachie 15y VS
    Glenallachie 10y Cask Strength Batch 2 VS
    Glenallachie 10y Cask Strength Batch 3 VS
    Glenallachie 10y Cask Strength Batch 4

    first of all i must say that i am a bit preoccupied after buying a bottle of the 12 year old, which was my biggest disappointment in 2020. making the bottle empty was a real struggle for me. there is this bitter wood note which annoys me so much. tastes as if 8th fill casks have been used.

    especially after it has been hyped quite a bit i was a bit confused how people could enjoy this stuff that much. i asked myself if there was somethin wrong with me? it was almost a whisky identity crisis... eventually the bottle ended as a mixer for highballs, which was quite ok :)

    but back to the actual match today. the cask strengths and the 15y old battle of allachies. starting with the 15y it is a massive upgrade to the 12y standard bottling. it shows very elegant and ripe notes for its age. could be at least 3 years older in my opinion. if there wouldnt be this bitter thing in the middle of the palate, this would be a 87-88 whisky for me. now i´m wondering if it is maybe the distillery character and not a virgin oak or overused cask i am talking about here?

    cask strength batch 2 was a big disappointment for me today. very grainy and this bitter note i already mentioned before was very dominant. it almost hurts when i taste it. reminds me of the dark times with the 12 year old. i mean, am i the only one getting this?

    cask strength batch 3 was my absolute favorite of the evening. everything very rounded. the sherry ifluence is much stronger here, but still leaves some air for the actual spirit to show its character. rather sweet and very rounded. nice stuff.

    batch 4, unfortunately, shows more similarities to batch 2 (bad batch) than to batch 3 (good batch). these unrounded grain notes combined with this bitter thingy which i dislike makes the whole experience rather challenging, but not in a good way. the sherry influence helps it a bit. still, not my thing.

    all in all a very interesting but rather disappointing experience to be honest. i hope that one day i will try a glenallachie who does not shows me this bitter and dry thing which annoys me so much. batch 3 already goes in a nice direction, but i think (or actually hope) there is more :)
    • Nose
      84 84
      less grainy than the batch 2 but more grainy than batch 3. some dark chocolate and a bit more freshness and soursweetness, that the sweeter batch 3. the ABV shows itself a bit more here. still, very enjoyable nose.
    • Taste
      77 77
      sour start with lots of grain. wheat and oats maybe? and here comes the dry and bitter wood thingy i very much dislike about the 12y, the cask strength batch 2 and this one also. it starts after a few seconds and then goes on to the finish. this is so dominating for me, that i cannot feel or taste anything else. it numbs my sense in a bad way and makes the whole experience rather a struggle than an enjoyment.
    • Finish
      77 77
      as already mentioned in the taste, this dry bitterness is not my cup of tea. sad.. very sad...

  46. 11insomnium scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Intense and beautiful complexity for 10 years. Very good value for money.
    • Nose
      Lots of concentrated fruitiness, floral and sweet, bananas, dark dried fruits, honey, sawdust with a little polish, butter cookies, fine menthol note
    • Taste
      Full and dark dried fruits, lots of sweetness and fruity berries, some banana, strong, spicy and again sawdust
    • Finish
      Sweet fruit liqueur, fine dryness with spices

  47. BillyWalkerFanBoy scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A really great cask strength whisky. For its 10 years, the increased alcohol content is extremely well incorporated. It could or should be a few years older, as harmonious as it is presented.
    The whisky is kept quite sweet. Not a trace of bitterness. Maybe a little ginger heat when you first try it.
    After maturing in Oloroso sherry barrels, which is probably of a very high quality, one notices an above-average charge with the typical taste of Spanish sweet wine.
    The distillery character is not lost if you are looking for it or already know it.
    A modern sherryed whisky. Fruity with sweetness.
    There is no "old muff", leather or tobacco notes to be felt.
    This whisky is a round and good thing!
    • Nose
      Dark chocolate, vanilla, some cinnamon and baking spices with light notes of orange peel
    • Taste
      Raisins, dark chocolate, hints of plums and some cherries as well as light spicy aromas.
      The distillery character with heather honey, sweet herbs and orange comes into its own in the background
    • Finish
      Medium length

  48. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cherry, some mint, strawberries, blackberries, banana bread, cherry gum, wood, nuts, dark honey, some cinnamon, some cocoa powder
    • Taste
      Apple, cherry, strawberry, blackberry, some lime, nuts, some cocoa powder, wood, some pepper

  51. baji scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Really nice 10y CS whisky. So far the best from all four GA CS 10y batches now. Super sherried, but needs a lot of air in glass to develop.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried fruit, raisins, vanilla, orange. Yes, this is sherry bomb. No alcohol sharpness at all.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet sherry, chocolate, espresso, spicy oak. Maybe too much oaky for me.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, intense, dark chocolate, coffee, dry oak tannins

  52. IronChic scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  53. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Yesterday I spontaneously tasted the Glenallachie 10yo Cask Strength Batch 4 after the 2008 single Cask (Casl 515). Actually, I wanted to subject it to maturation in my dark rum barrel. I think I will refrain from doing this again. It would certainly be interesting to have included typical rum notes here, but I think that the Glenallachie has a load of aromas that is more than sufficient. My impressions from yesterday coincide with those of today and I think it's very successful. Especially when you consider the issue price of around 50 euros. And at this point I would like to break a lance for this Glenallachie. So far I have had all previous batches in the glass and this one is by far the best for my taste. It doesn't always have to be a whisky for 100-150 euros or more. This one here absolutely has a right to exist and as a "daily dram" for a cask strength lover, this should be a welcome addition to the whisky shelf. I'll probably get another 1-2 bottles to have a supply, who knows whether the next batches will be as good again. Since yesterday's impressions of Cask 515 are still very fresh, it is easy to make a comparable assessment this time. Batch 4 is only half the price of Cask 515. Is it twice as good? I would say: no. Cask 515 impresses with its multifaceted sweetness, while Batch 4 has its own advantages. I like the sherry notes, the spice and the notes of the Virginoak Casks. In total with the barrel strength and a few drops of water, this results in a very good dram, especially for the 10 years. If you now include the price in the rating (which I don't want to overestimate today), I have a strong 89 points today. If you included the price, it would be almost 90 Slaintè!
    • Nose
      90 90
      The color is dark chestnut brown, the Glenallachie 10 Cask Strength Batch 4 lies oily in the nosing glass. Intense sherry aromas exude as soon as it is poured. Initially, dark fruits, plums, raisins, dates, cherries, cinnamon, cocoa, chocolate, orange peel dominate, followed by a delicate note of leather and nutmeg and a slight spiciness of ginger. As already mentioned several times here, the alcohol is felt a bit strong at the beginning. But this happens the longer the Glenallachie breathes. It then becomes a little milder and a touch spicier in the nose. A little water is good for him and the typical Virgin Oak nuances now come into their own. This is a nice addition to the sherry sweetness and spicy notes. Light walnut notes knock and hints of acacia honey complete a nosing that is surprisingly interesting for a 10-year-old whisky.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Then it really gets down to business on the tongue. Sweetness and spice deliver an interesting duel for supremacy. Here chocolate, caramel and plums compete with the spice of oak, nutmeg and the light herbal notes. The flow of saliva is stimulated and the longer you chew the Glenallachie, the more intense the wood notes become. The Virginoaks freshen this up and contribute to an interesting taste profile. With the second sip, more caramel notes are added, the cinnamon flashes again and a hint of espresso is noticeable. Interesting and amazing for only 10 years of aging.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is warming and medium-long and feels a bit spicier than on the nose. Herbal notes tend to dominate here, the sweetness now only plays second fiddle. The walnut notes are noticeable again, the mouth becomes slowly drier. The leather notes knock again briefly and slowly the aromas become weaker and a warming, pleasant mouthfeel remains.

  54. besar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  55. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  56. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Decent whisky, pleasantly sherried and with good balance. It doesn’t have a great complexity and shows rather typical sherry-matured character but it’s totally good as for 10 yo expression. The only problem is that alcohol integrated very poorly. Even diluted to about 43-45% it still has a very sharp alcohol punch. Otherwise it’s a good buy for the asked price.
    • Nose
      Sherry (dried fruits - raisins, dates, prunes), cinnamon and nutmeg, orange zest, burnt caramel, chocolaty and leathery notes, wood. Water opens fruitiness in a form of plums and overripe pears, honey notes appear too.
    • Taste
      Peppery, medium-sweet, with rather sharp alcohol kick, again nutmeg, dark chocolate, liquorice, blueberry pie, quite vivid oak.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, softly woody, walnut shells, old leather, herbs

  57. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  58. Ninofdram scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  59. hahaexcellent scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  60. JBKwb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  61. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  62. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    One of my first Glenallachies I admit. This distillery just has not been on my radar so far.
    This bottle is quite impressive, a real surprise!!!
    Great value!
    I think I would sip this neat!
    • Nose
      89 89
      ohhh, this is good, one of these young sherry bombs at cask strength with the same quality as the first few batches of Glendronach c.s. or Glengoyne c.s.
      Lots of different nuts, mocha, chocolate with rum spiced raisins.
      Earth and tobacco leaves.
      Caramel. Nutmeg and cinnamon and always the impression of a bit of smoke. Is it peated or not? Water? Do not overdo it, three drops are enough!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Salty - sweet arrival on toffee and chocolate, cappucino.
      Dark honey.
      Sultanas, cinnamon.
      Creamy texture
      88/100 when diluted 89/100 when sipped neat
    • Finish
      87 87
      not as long as one could expect, not short either, mostly on coffee and chocolate.

  63. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  64. GJR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  65. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    For me as a GlenAllachie fan the first really successful 10 CS. First of all, it needs a lot of air and time, then the very strong alcohol clearly evaporates and a decent sherry board becomes, but not artificially drowned. The Virgin Oak adds a lot of flavor.

    With water it becomes even better, creamier, smoother and palatable.
    • Nose
      89 89
      clear sherry, sweet, dark fruits, sugared plums, malt, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and nutmeg, dark cocoa note
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet, spicy, plum jam, peppermint, pleasant tannins, pepper, malt, ginger, nutty, tart chocolate
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, pleasant tannins, mint tea and light ginger

  66. valasios scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

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

    The natural colour of this cask strength bottling promises a sherry cask influenced, but not overpowered whisky. Wonderful dark fruit notes combine with sherry sweetness and wintery spices to create a harmony on the nose and palate. This pleasure experience can be brought to perfection by a cracking open fire. A delicious malt!

    I thank The GlenAllachie Distillery for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/11/17/glenallachie-10yo-cask-strength-batch-4/
    • Nose
      Starts with sherry aromas, dried fruit and raisins. This is accompanied by notes of cake dough, honey, blood oranges, spicy oak and cinnamon. In the background dark chocolate and cocoa.
    • Taste
      Rich, full-bodied and powerful on the palate with a wonderful sweetness of sherry, molasses, juicy oranges, figs and dates. Accompanied by nicley warming spices of oak, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark chocolate lingers towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long lasting and warming with honey and slightly dry notes of cocoa, orange oil and oak. Additional slightly bitter tones of orange peel and walnuts.

      With water: After the addition of water, the nose is wonderfully sweet and fruity with oranges and dates, accompanied by sherry and vanilla, milk chocolate, spicy oak, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet and creamy also on the palate with dark caramel, walnut and milk chocolate. Spicy notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and oak, as well as slightly dry tones of cocoa towards the finish. The finish is a little shorter and slightly warming with honey, some spices and dry cocoa.

  68. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    For me the disappointment of the year. I don't get warm with it and had to fight my way through the 2.5cl in the glass
    • Nose
      75 75
      Quite subdued. Some milk chocolate, some mint, has something of After Eight (and I hate After Eight). The alcohol content is noticeable undiluted; it calms down with a little water. But somehow more does not come. Don't pick me up
    • Taste
      78 78
      Hmm, go on like this. Quite sweet, more like caramel, and milk chocolate again. Nice mouthfeel. The alcohol is well integrated with a little water.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium long, a little pepper and ginger, not bad at all.

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