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Glenallachie 13-year-old

Overall rating
85.40/100
votes
172
Whiskybase ID
WB182508
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wine Series - Rioja Wine Cask Finish
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Rioja Wine Finish
Number of bottles
7680
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L09 04 21
Barcode
5060568322964
Added on
29 apr 2021 11:33 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 73.48

35 × in wishlist

172 × member ratings

399 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 13-year-old

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.40 points

  1. brechtvds scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      lots of red fruit especially raspberry and crandberry , super ripe jonagold apple , some hazelnuts and milk chocolate , caramel and cinnamon , gingerbread and a hint of orange peel , after a while some white fruit appears , white grapes and pears there is honey and almonds as well
    • Taste
      at 48% there is not alot of punch it taste a little weak but still a somewhat sweet arrival , again those nutty and caramel notes ,toffee and apple and a hint of cinnamon
    • Finish
      medium finish , but very bitter almost like eating orange peel, lime , cranberry , redcurrant , and some pepper in the background

      side note: i'm not really a fan of this one the balance is quite weird , great fruity nose , sweet arrival and bitter finish very disappointed in this one

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The GlenAllachie 13 Years Rioja Finish has a lovely complexity on the palate with a nice balance between the spicy oak and fruitier notes.
    • Nose
      Just a touch of struck matches, but it quickly disappears. Creamy also. Mainly dark red berries and sweet paprika powder, as well as toffee, Werther's Original and a bit of almond paste and butter. Finally some cocoa powder.
    • Taste
      Some coffee grounds and toasted oak, but also black pepper and madeira cake. Whiffs of honey and roasted pineapple, as well as cinnamon sugar and dried apricots, with a whisper of red berries.
    • Finish
      Linger spices, red fruits and mint. Medium in length.

  3. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Very fruity. With water hay, almonds, a little leather. (88p)
    TASTE: Sweet polo mint, sweet red berries, citrus, citric acidity, fresh green herbs. (88p)
    FINISH: More of the same. (88p)
    OVERALL: Takes a little water very well, opens up, becomes fruitier. Total score 88 points.

  4. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 84 points Shoplink Moderator

    In the autumn of last year, I led the masterclass Glenallachie at the Czech Whisky Festival, which took place untraditionally at this time. I provided 5 tasting notes within it and in the end I also allowed myself to evaluate and organize them. Before that, I finally tasted them more than half a year after the tasting. It was a 10 cl sample, so there was more than enough material.

    Undiluted turned out as follows:
    1. Glenallachie 11yo Grattamacco Wine Finish (WB182506)
    2. Glenallachie 30yo (WB176604)
    3. Glenallachie 13yo Rioja Wine Finish (WB182508)
    4. Glenallachie 11yo Port Wood Finish (WB152144)
    5. Glenallachie 12yo Sauternes Wine Finish (WB182507)

    After subsequent dilution with water, the order was slightly changed to:
    1. Glenallachie 30yo (WB176604)
    2. Glenallachie 11yo Grattamacco Wine Finish (WB182506)
    3. Glenallachie 13yo Rioja Wine Finish (WB182508)
    4. Glenallachie 12yo Sauternes Wine Finish (WB182507)
    5. Glenallachie 11yo Port Wood Finish (WB152144)

    It was not my first masterclass Glenallachie and I have tasted more than enough samples from this distillery. With few exceptions, I was not very interested. For this reason, I was very pleasantly surprised by the 11yo Grattamacco Wine Finish, which was simply significantly different from the others. Along with 21yo (WB168872) and 1989 Cask No. 6121 (WB161721) probably the only one from the production of this distillery, for which I could imagine buying the whole bottle.
    • Nose
      Strawberry jam, cherry liqueur, clay floor (earth) and vanilla.

      After adding water dampened. Strawberry candy, Linen cookies and cinnamon snail (pastry).
    • Taste
      Strong alcohol. Sweeter and slightly sparkling. Raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, red apple, cherries (slightly overripe) and orange peel.

      After adding water significantly more acidic and astringent. Even more strawberries, red currants (gradually turns into black currants), sorrel and ginger.
    • Finish
      Dry and slightly waxy. Candy, rocket log and lemon peel.

      After adding water: strawberry gum, kiwi peel, strawberry Mentos candy and citrus peel.

  5. glen efze scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Another Glenallachie from the Wine Series, this time finished in Spanish Rioja Cask. Billy Walker has taken over full cask storage with the distillery and is now pimping up the whiskys, which were distilled more for the blending industry, with special cask aging before a new era begins in a few years with newly distilled Glenallachies. This is how the most diverse finishes gradually appear. This series is finished in wine barrels. Walker also uses Rioja in the excellent cuvée from 2009. Can the finish keep up?

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      The aroma starts with a clear Rioja note reminiscent of almonds and marzipan. The whisky has a rather dry aroma, in addition to the almonds there are a few sun-dried herbs. Vanilla and a little wood are added to the marzipan note. On the fruity side, however, the aroma develops rather weakly.
    • Taste
      Not necessarily a sweet flatterer or a deep flavor monster. The previous storage in the bourbon cask has mainly left vanilla tones, which are now supplemented with some bitter almonds and marzipan. There are some fruits, cherry aromas and then a slightly bitter, dry note. The wood is not overly conspicuous.
    • Finish
      In the aftertaste, the whisky is gone relatively quickly. A few nutty-woody tones remain. Overall, the impression is rather one-dimensional.

      The Wine series may have the problem that the original casks were very weak. After all, the Rioja has a nice marzipan association and it's not bad - but the finishing touch is missing, everything seems a bit artificial and not sufficiently matured. However, it is massively better than the sulphurous Grattamacco from the same series. However, it cannot compete with the cuvée on any level. It's much deeper, more mature and more complex.

  6. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Petitcham scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Berry, coriander stench, toffee, dark spice, light body

  8. Sb17sw scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Spiritdriven, both on nose and taste.
    wonder what it will be like with water.

    Opens up with water - fruity
    Round taste with lots of red berries, lemon but also a bit wood
    Nice medium finish

  9. the_muskox scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Way better than the Grattamacco version, and much more my style of whisky. Instead of being all floral and bright sweet wine-cask fruit, it’s darker and richer, and filled with these gorgeous browned-butter notes that I really can’t get enough of. Great fragrant finish too.
    • Nose
      Darker and less tart than the Grattamacco. Leads with flavours of juicy dark fruit and wine gums. Rich malt, soft baking spices, cocoa powder, browned butter, and red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. Honey and a tiny bit of bubblegum. Sparkling peach-grape juice (from when I was a somewhat younger lad).
    • Taste
      Medium-thin texture. Arrives fruity, with orange peel, table grapes, plum, then big red wine and rich browned butter. Slightly peppery on the development, some wine tannins and light oak. Dark chocolate, and butterscotch, and buttered popcorn. Tangy blood orange.
    • Finish
      Medium-length and mildly tannic. Lots more dry red wine. Browned butter, brown sugar, and butterscotch. Plum and grapefruit oil. Donut with chocolate sprinkles. Lingering honey.

  10. GlasMost scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Simple but no stunner. I am glad I only but got a 10cl sample.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet baby banana, cereal, one dimensional, alcohol smells somehow cheap
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet, malty, yellow apples? nice viscosity, not very complex, but on the other hand nothing really off putting. Easy to drink.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Minty. Sweet to medium dry and very short finish. Reminds me somehow of Laddie 8.

  11. ThorstenH scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A little tender at first, he needed something to get my attention. Some acidity comes through in the finish.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. Isaiah11 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Fruity and berry enjoyment from Glenallachie. Raspberries and cherries on the nose, notes of chocolate and spices on the palate. Long-lasting finish with a clear influence of the oak barrel

  13. Don Cassi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts off creamy, creamy and red-fruity with associations of Campino sweets and raspberry yoghurt. It seems a bit more intense than some of its siblings (e.g. 12-port).

    It continues sweet-sour-spicy on the palate, the alcohol is very well integrated.

    In the finish, an aromatic espresso note unfolds, which is still underlined by tart, red fruits. In the end, the oak takes over and pushes the fruit notes into the background.
    Length: 5/10

    Overall, beautiful, wood-driven but still fruity representative from Allachie.

    Grade: 2+

  14. DGV scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    The aroma in it seemed to be the most interesting side, in taste and finish there is not much to catch on, but you cannot call them weak either.
    • Nose
      Mandarin peel, green grapes, some lacquer and colorful tones, sulfur content, sweet spices, floral shades.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour fruits, oak, bell peppers, sulfur content.
    • Finish
      Medium duration, generally mimics the taste.

  15. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Petrenko scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21/21/21/21

  17. kofima scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  18. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  19. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  20. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  21. 2ndSip scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tip in advance: give the malt enough time to unfold; in the nose it develops over 15-30 minutes and brings new nuances with it.
    Red fruit jelly with vanilla ice cream or vanilla pudding on the nose, along with other ripe fruits that are not in the foreground.
    Unfortunately, the taste then drops significantly ... a shame, the aromas from the nose have hinted at so many beautiful things.

    If you like berry flavors, you've come to the right place. Unfortunately you have to be able to live with the taste, which is much more bitter / bitter.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe ...] the sample is enough for me here; Man, the nose is so cool and really pleasant, but then the taste is so fallen - crap.
    If you follow this malt in the shops, the price is currently (mid-August) between 65 and 70 euros. That this is still available, despite the considerable 86/87 points in the base, already suggests: it will stay in the shops for a while.
    It's best to get a sample first - because the taste may not be for everyone ...
    • Nose
      90 90
      initially berry aroma and sweet-fruity of ripe, floury apple, mushy pear.
      Red fruit jelly with custard. Here the berry aromas of cranberries and blueberries, red and black currants and raspberries come to the fore - complete berry compote.
      The raspberries also have a slightly sour touch, which also harmonizes well with an orange aroma in the background.
      Over time, a little spice of cinnamon and (a little) nutmeg. There is also a nutty aroma that goes in the direction of oily almonds. With more air, the nutty aromas become even more concise:
      In addition to almonds, there are also hazelnuts; Maybe there was an Oloroso sherry in the barrel before or somehow involved, because I tend to have such aromas with a sherry influence.
      Honey and caramel - with a lot of imagination.

      [The sulfur-matchstick note described here and there can be guessed at with a lot of concentration in the background.
      Since I am otherwise quite sensitive to DMTS, I can reassure everyone who turns up their noses even with sulfur compounds and interprets them as a false note.
      It's not really pronounced here.]
    • Taste
      81 81
      soft start, spice builds up on the tongue, but remains within its limits.
      The red fruit jelly is full again, all berry aromas are present.
      Slight sweetness, caramel and honey are more present than in the nose, but these aromas do not penetrate as much.
      It develops into bitter notes towards dark chocolate. Roasted aromas: roasted hazelnuts and almonds, but unfortunately a little too strong for my taste.
      Second sip: creamy and oily, partly already viscous. In addition to the berry aromas, I increasingly get the impression of an Oloroso sherry.
      It also has a peppery and spicy effect on the tongue, but then goes back towards tart notes. The 48% have a stronger effect on the tongue and the palate - the alcohol is not so well integrated there.
      He's getting drier. The bitter substances are quite pronounced: bitter walnut skin moments occur.
      An Oloroso sherry barrel was topped with Rioja again - theoretically good, but the sherry barrel was probably past its prime.
    • Finish
      78 78
      the bitter substances unfortunately last the longest - if you are on it, you've come to the right place; I can't do anything with it, unfortunately; too bitter at the back for me.
      In a word: disappointing

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  23. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Blackberries, strawberries, dark dried fruits, nuts, wild berry jam, herb candy, honey, plum jam with cinnamon,
    • Taste
      Forest berry jam, lemon, chocolate, nuts, pepper

  25. milkbonez scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    This is a pretty well balanced one and I'm glad they just finished it instead of maturing in these casks. Does a good job of showing off the spirit and the cask. I also have the sauternes cask and it has benefited greatly from time open, so maybe that is the case here too. Most Glenallachies in my view need to be open and become very good once about halfway full.
    • Nose
      strawberry, raspberry, powdered red jelly donut, a light nut, like hazel nut, alongside some ginger. faint red grape, but not overpowering.
    • Taste
      red fruit and pastry. not stewed red fruits like from a sherry cask, but more vibrant and lively. it is balanced out by a slight citrus note and those signature apricot/peaches from Glenallachie. Light nutiness.
    • Finish
      Dry, fruity, not spicy like some red wine casks.

  26. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  27. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Decent sweetness, red fruits, a little honey, milk chocolate, creamy, later almonds
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, red fruits, milk chocolate, mild, creamy, caramel
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sweetness remains, caramel, honey, a little mint, fruity

  28. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  29. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The wine barrel was used in exactly the right amount so that it does not cover the rest of the whisky, but complements it. Especially in the taste, clear chocolate, raspberry-cherry tartlets and lots of red fruits came to the fore. Great bottling!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  30. Copshop68 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  31. Comet67 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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

    This 13-year-old GlenAllachie with the Rioja wine finish convinces with its intoxicating fruit aromas of ripe red berries. These are joined by the typical notes of honey and orange. Surprisingly powerful on the palate, so that it can also be experimented with some water. My favourite of the three bottlings in the Wine Series so far.

    I thank The GlenAllachie Distillery for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2021/06/17/glenallachie-13yo-2021-wine-series-rioja-wine-cask-finish/
    • Nose
      A beguiling scent of red fruit jelly and strawberries immediately rises to the nose. This is accompanied by notes of honey, orange peel and a hint of toffee. Somewhat spicy in the background with a hint of oak plus a touch of almonds.
    • Taste
      Powerful on the palate with sweet and fruity red berries, plus malt sugar and some pink grapefruit. Spicier towards the finish with anise and forest honey.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warming and creamy with anise and slightly bitter notes of orange peel and pink grapefruit.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water, more fruity on the nose with red berries, but also a little more spice. Malty sweetness with slightly bitter notes of orange peel and pink grapefruit in the background. Sweet and creamy on the palate with honey, strawberry and some grapefruit. Clearly less warming and less spice. The finish is medium long and creamy with oranges and some pink grapefruit.

  34. bodevami scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

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