Glenallachie 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 4
Stated Age
10 years old
PX & Oloroso Sherry Puncheons + Virgin Oak
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Oct 2020 3:21 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 100.61

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 10-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.40 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 89 points 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.

  2. 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

  3. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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

  4. 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

  5. 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...

  6. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. 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.

  8. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    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.

  9. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  10. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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