Glenallachie 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength - Batch 5
Stated Age
10 years old
PX, Oloroso, Virgin Oak, and Rioja Casks
Number of bottles
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L090321 3 10:31 BB
Added on
27 Feb 2021 9:24 pm by Hookedon
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 151.87

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 10-year-old

94 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Glenallachie 10 Cask Strength Batch 5, filled with 55.9% and this time 4500 bottles. It was very interesting to watch the relevant shop this week. It didn't take long and all the bottles were sold out within a very short time. Batch 4 was named “Best Whisky 2020” and the expectations for this follow-up batch were and are accordingly high. And I have to admit that these expectations were not disappointed. I found batch 4 very, very good, but I like this one a little bit better. When it comes to the barrel composition, Rioja red wine barrels were added to the Oloroso, PX and Virgin Oak Casks, which made the entire taste experience even more complex and interesting. In any case, a very successful selection. In batch 4 I gave a very good 89 points, considering the price of 55 euros at the time, a 90 would have been justified. I give these 90 points at Batch 5 and I am happy to have this great malt in the glass. Slaintè!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The color is dark mahogany. The Glenallachie 10 lies heavy and oily in the nosing glass. At first I perceive a certain mineral note, but after a few moments an increasingly intense sherry scent emanates: oranges, peaches, raspberries, cherries, sultanas, orange peel, forest honey, dark chocolate, toffee, followed by leather, tobacco, coffee, a hint of pepper and nutmeg. The echoes of the Virgin Oaks can still be seen here, as well as those of the Rioja barrels. The alcohol is perfectly integrated and carries the enormous load of aromas perfectly. It's hard to imagine that this whisky should be "only" 10 years old, especially since more and more oak aromas are added and harmoniously complement the sweetness. The nose is an absolute highlight that gets better and better in the glass over time.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The Glenallachie then holds on to its tongue what it promised in its nose. It's heavy and oily in the mouth and it's “hot” on the tongue. The sweetness dominates the first impression. The oranges, peaches, cherries, plums and honey are back, but the coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa knock on the knock and try to take over the direction. Pepper, nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon as well as delicate hints of the Rioja barrels and the Virgin Oaks complete this taste experience (I found the Virgin Oaks very interesting at Batch 4, they are not quite as present here, but the Riojas made the overall impression a bit more rounder and more complex). A very complex and interesting taste profile that doesn't leave much to be desired.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is medium to long and warming. Sweetness and flavor alternate, the flow of saliva slowly subsides, the mouth becomes a little drier. The red-fruity hints of the Rioja Casks knock again. Chocolate, coffee, ginger and a touch of oak complete this finish.

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Glenallachie is knocking it out of the park with everything they release these days (IMHO). Another belter of a release. The best way to describe this is imagine taking the September 20' batch of Glenallachie 12 and turn it up to 11. Value (£52) : 9/10
    • Nose
      A sherry bomb indeed. Loads of dark sweet dried fruit. Dried raspberries, dried figs, maraschino cherries, sultanas. Orange peels. The virgin oak also leaves an influence with some bitter dark chocolate, vanillins and tobacco notes. Wonderful heather honey and a cloying sweetness to it. Bananas in caramel sauce. A slight mineral note I often get from Glenallachie whiskies. Almost burnt toffee with hits of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Waves of heat with some chilli and black pepper then appear.
    • Taste
      It's thick and mouth-coating. Again wonderfully rich on the palate, heavy and cloying but slightly less sweet than the initial nose with just a light touch of heather honey. Some more figs and prunes with some fresh plums as well. Again bananas cooked in a caramel sauce. Orange peels in bitter cocoa. Then the oak influence wafts in. Dark roast coffee with drying tea leaves. The slightest hint of vanilla. Then the spice hits, with some fresh cracked black pepper and hints of chilli warmth.
    • Finish
      Again very oak forward here on the finish. Those drying tannins continue, with more bitter dark chocolate and coffee notes. Some roasted hazelnuts. Then some of those red fruits return with figs and sultanas. More tobacco, definitely dark and rich here. Not as spicy with only a little candied ginger.

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

    A wonderful, balanced and tasty single malt. The flavours of the individual casks harmonise very well with each other and result in a wonderful melange of sweetness, fruit, honey, chocolate and oak spice. A worthy successor to the legendary Batch No 4!

    I thank The GlenAllachie Distillery for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      Sweet and fruity on the nose with oranges, peaches and some plums. This is joined by dried fruit, raisins and creamy caramel. Heather honey, a pinch of cinnamon, mocha and some oak spice in the background.
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy on the palate with heather honey, caramel, treacle and orange. Pleasantly warming with a slight alcoholic spiciness, but this subsides on the second sip. Subtle wine flavours, blackcurrants, cherries and plums with a touch of sherry notes emerge, followed by some cinnamon, nutmeg and dark chocolate towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long lasting and pleasantly warming with slightly bitter tannins, cocoa, some oak spice, cinnamon and bitter orange zest, with a touch of almonds towards the end.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water, lots of caramel, toffee and oranges on the nose, plus cinnamon and spicy oak notes. Sweet and creamy on the palate with heather honey, caramel, juicy oranges, vanilla cream, milk chocolate and fine tannins. The finish is still long, creamy with distinct oak structure, tannins, orange zest and mocha towards the end.

  4. Casketje scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    NOW we're finally talking. This is the first Glenallachie that I've tried that lives up to the hype. For starters the alcohol is really well integrated, you hardly notice that it's 56% ABV. Nose and palate are a continuation of each other on dried and ripe red fruits - both equally as sweet - but also cinnamon, chocolate, honey, toffee and a tobacco/leathery finish.

    All in all an absolutely stunning 10 year old cask strength that tastes and smells a lot more mature than what's stated on the label. Did Billy add older whisky to this batch, continuing his strategy from his Glendronach days? Who knows, but the result is definitely very nice.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. baji scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Is this really 10 year old cask strength? I don't think so. Tastes like at least 15 year old. Just wonderful.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. whiskydramo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Do you still remember the whisky that took over the throne of WWA 2020? This is clearly a sign of early decline of a "dynasty". I'm sorry for those who paid extra for this bottle because of the hype.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nectar, fruit candy shop, toffee, but soon smelled like rubber if you kept sniffing. Let it breathe in the glass, dried prune and fig, raisins, vanilla ice cream and mandarin orange peel. Honey pu'er tea, plus it's a bit too mentholated.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Apple plus toffee, the body was a bit thin. The spiciness from black pepper strengthened to an unpleasant level, it's followed by dried figs and apple peel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dried sour plums and apple peel initially, the fruitiness quickly dropped and started showing sweet wood, cinnamon and vanilla. Fruit tea and small amount of tannin. It was the bitter woody note that lasted till the end.

  7. redhades scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    A very robust single malt scotch whisky, approachable and a real sherry bomb. Best enjoying neat, adding water does not help this batch 5, but for a cask strength whisky I found it very friendly on the palate.


  8. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What is there to say. I liked batch #2 #3 and #4. So there is not much that could go wrong here I guess. Glenallachie has been knocking it out of the park with a lot of their releases lately and are becoming more and more one of my favorite distilleries. But be careful. I think more than 90€ for a bottle of this is an absolute rip-off. I got mine for 62€ from my local dealer. Please don’t add water as it makes the entire whisky almost undrinkably bitter if you get to much of it.
    This is one for the color drinkers, as you can clearly see the cask composition on a very dark color.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The sherry clearly left its influence in this bottling as it starts very powerful with lots of sherry notes: Dried Raisins, Plums, Figs, are at the absolute forefront. This is then followed by a slight balsamico note, freshly roasted espresso, cocoa powder, orange marmalade on a almost burnt slice of toast and as always with glenallachie, I get a minty freshness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Again starts very sweet with sherry aromas like dark berries, figs, plums, but this is accompanied by a strong taste of espresso (that’s the barrels for me), balsamico vingar. and a nice lingering sweetness of maple syrup and cheesecake. Again the burnt toast with orange marmalade comes to the forefront and interestingly a slight mineral note is in there as well. Digging deeper I can also get dark berries (blackberries I would say.)
    • Finish
      89 89
      Here it shows all its power and its facets. The finish is more bitter than the taste and the nose, I get clear espresso and dark chocolate taste here and a slight spicyness and pepper note from the virgin oak. This then gets accompanied by figs and plums again and also a strong tobacco note. And I can’t help it, but this darn burnt toast with orange marmalade stays on all levels. Should I have had this for breakfast?

  9. Schoppepetzer scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Incredibly complex and rounded - even as a 15-year-old you can easily pass it. Ranks between GD Revival 15 and Allardice 18 in my personal ranking!

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I'd rate this a notch below the GlenAllachie 10 Years Cask Strength Batch 4. Maybe a slightly more enticing nose, but also more oak influence on the palate.
    • Nose
      A high degree of balance with raisins, dates and chocolate truffles as well as pralines, but also gentle notes of apple peel and cherry candy canes. Faint notes of red berries and crème de cassis too. Extremely rich and enticing. The oak becomes more prominent after a while.
    • Taste
      Thick mouthfeel and a somewhat spicy arrival (black pepper, cloves, cinnamon) with a touch of resin and mint. Honey, sweet dates and brown sugar, as well treacle and some bitter coffee.
    • Finish
      Notes of nutmeg and mint, followed by cotton candy and fudge.


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