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Glenallachie 35-year-old SMS

Overall rating
90.87/100
votes
71
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Anniversary Selection
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
35 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
685
Strength
46.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Nov 2010 4:44 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 339,00

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Tastingtags

15 Notes

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Note
13 Jun 2016 2:30 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 91 points

Being Spoiled

Glenallachie is one of those distilleries that you hardly hear from. That has everything to do with the fact that it is a silent partner in a whole lot of blends like Clan Campbell, House of Lords, White Heather, 100 Pipers, Passport, Queen Ann, Highland Clan and Chivas Regal. But it can hardly be found as an official bottling. There are plenty of independent bottlings though. This 35 Year Old appeared in 2010, bottled by Specialty Drinks and matured on a first fill sherry cask. I got to taste it during a Father’s Day menu at a local whisky restaurant, where it was served next to my Angus Rib Eye Steak. The generous chef gave me a nice sample to take home to taste it again. I did that the very next day.

It is not a sherry monster, but comes quite close. It smells wonderfully old with with loads of fruit. Think overripe banana, grilled pineapple, figs and prunes. But also nice hints of polished leather, tobacco leafs, old red wine and something of rum. Soy sauce.

Oh, boy, what a great mouth feel. Sweet and sou rand spicy upon arrival – even a bit umama – on coffee liqueur, roasted cocoa beans and rancio. Then it turns a bit sweeter on prunes and cherries, but it never loses that sharp edge of the toasted oak – which I find to be very complimentary. Cinnamon and black pepper. On the edge of being astringent, without it becoming naughty. Great balance.

All this continues into the very long finish in which I again discover coffee liqueur.

Is this the best Glenallachie ever? Could very well be. And while I am very grateful to my wife and kids for this surprise dinner (it had been way to long since my last visit to restaurant ‘t Konijntje), I would also like to thank Jos for spoiling me so. And not just because his cooking is out of this world, but also because he knows exactly which whisky serve with the food. And he has some real gems. Thanks, Jos and Tanya! We will be back soon.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
10 Mar 2017 1:17 pm
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 90 points

Only my fourth Glenallachie. Although its one of the larger whisky distilleries in Scotland producing around four million litres of spirit a year [2017], virtually all of it goes into the Chivas blends. Speciality bottled this in 2010 for their 10th Anniversary.



N: A cognac-sweet-medicinal-putty complex

T: Right up my street, tincture sweet, heather malt. 

F: Proceeds with Pledge, peas and polish with leather, heather and hay. Rolls on with the dry heather and a little bitter-herbal.

C: A big show highlight. Blog


Scores an A-

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
31 Oct 2015 1:49 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.1
Nose
94
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
91
Kodos
Member Senior Kodos Review note
11 Sep 2015 11:00 pm
Kodos gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
91.2
Nose
93
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
91
Presentation
91
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
29 Jul 2015 8:54 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Sherry, almonds, raisins, coffe - excellent nose on this.

Taste

Bitter sherry at first then coffee & raisins again, a little rough.

Finish

Long.

Comments

This is one of those old 1960`s sherried whisky`s that you need to spend time with to find the distillery character and get the best from it.
The nose is lovely but the palate is a little bitter and the oak is certainly present, luckily it does not detract from the profile too much.
Worth trying. I feel this is an old school sherried Speysider that many will love. It reminded me of some of the old 60`s- 70`s Gordon & Macphail Balblair bottlings.

p4blo
Expert Senior p4blo Tasting note
03 May 2015 7:17 pm
p4blo gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

A whiff of peat smoke, ashes from a bonfire, a bit of oak. These notes are nicely balanced by the sweetness of sugar (as in good rum) and dark fruits. Complex and very dignified.

Taste

Full-bodied, oily, very rich. The taste is more fruity than the nose with fruity sweetness lined up with the notes of cocoa, coffee, a handful of nuts.

Finish

Quite long with peat smoke, leather and dark fruit notes.

Comments

The style reminds me of Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 minus the immense fruitiness. Feels very mature, classy, rich. Simply great.

thijs100
Connoisseur thijs100 Tasting note
13 Sep 2014 4:46 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Burnt umber
Nose

Some impressive aromas here with leather, rubber, wet wood, wood smoke, charred pine wood and ripe bananas. This is a type of sherry matured whisky that I haven't come across before. There's is barely any (red) fruitiness. Give it some time and other aromas like tobacco, hay and wood shavings appear. The term complex sums this up perfectly.

Taste

There is a fair amount of peat on the palate. It's almost medicinal. The leather notes translate perfectly. Some tobacco and gunpowder surface after a while. It also has a syrupy quality. Oh, and before I forget: it is very woody, almost like licking wood. Interestingly enough, I do not find it to woody, but I bet that plenty of people would disagree.

Finish

Campfire, ashes, leather and now finally a little bit of red fruit. It lingers for a long, long time.

Comments

This is a remarkable dram to say the least. A very a-typical sherry whisky, but I would love to get my hands on a bottle of this.

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whioli
Expert Senior whioli Review note
11 Jun 2014 4:55 pm
whioli gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.7
Nose
91
Initial taste
93
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
92
Presentation
93
Dede
Expert Senior Dede Tasting note
08 Oct 2013 10:08 am
Dede gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Riche, mêlant un caractère salé et marin à des notes plus chaudes issues du sherry, comme du vinaigre balsamique, du vieux cuir, de la pâte d'amandes, des noix, de la liqueur de café. Un boisé léger apporte une certaine maturité à l'ensemble. La deuxième dégustation rajoute à cela la fraîcheur de l'eucalyptus.

Taste

Puissante, de texture relativement grasse, elle est salée et marquée par le sherry qui lui apporte l'acidité du vinaigre balsamique, le parfum de la mandarine et la gourmandise des fruits secs, bien que ces derniers soient en retrait. La fin de bouche est marquée par une explosion épicée (poivre, clou de girofle).

Finish

Longue, salée et épicée, avec le clou de girofle qui se marie au sherry.

Comments

Un excellent whisky, équilibré, puissant et complexe. J'aime.

"I can resist anything but temptation." O. Wilde
Volanne
Expert Senior Volanne Tasting note
11 Sep 2013 2:24 pm
Volanne gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Very precious. Old fruits. Greengages preserved for a long time in brandy. Very ripe bananas (when they start being stained). Caramel roasted pineapple. Dried figs. High end over aged Guyana rum, including a dash of hydrocarbon brought by the cask. Demerara sugar. The fruity and sugary softness are perfectly balanced by the vividness brought by the alcohol (48%?) and the spiciness extracted from the cask. Old and appetizing it is. The cask did the job and did it well. Let's hope that it didn't overdid it as far as the mouth is concerned...

Taste

Nope, it didn't. The attack is on the same line than the nose, soft and fruity like an old Brandy. The mouth gets bolder then, developing on coffee liqueur (Kahlua?) and roasted cocoa beans. More wood and spices now (cinnamon ganache?), along with a slight astringency and a hint of burnt wood ala Glendronach. Nothing disturbing, but this nice Sherry cask was bottled just in time! The alcohol is perfectly balanced.

Finish

Tasty, dominated by these old cask aromas and this slight astringency. I would have liked it to last a bit longer...

Comments

Some old and quite classy material, for sure, that would have had a hard time spending some extra time in the cask. Those who like their old Speysiders not overwhelmed by the Sherry and sultanas should be delighted.

 

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http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/WhiskyWDTS/index_EN.shtml

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