Color: similarly dark color as in most previous bottlings.
Scent: sherry, rum-raisin?, very pleasant.
Taste: the alcohol is not optimally integrated (slight sharpness), sherry, light sweetness, very light bitterness, no smoke (a hint of smoke can sometimes be found in bottlings before the closure because 5% peated malt was used), nice little development on the palate.
Finish: medium length, somewhat dry, light citrus aromas (lime, unfortunately not orange).
Conclusion: Compared to older bottlings, this Allardice is a shadow of its own. However, if I hadn't stockpiled a few old bottles of Allardice, I would definitely buy this bottling, because the whisky as such is not bad. Unfortunately, this is no longer an option because of the significantly poorer quality in comparison.