Overall rating
85.00/100
votes
3
Whiskybase ID
WB192661
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Bee-all and end-all
Vintage
25.01.2007
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
108.42
Number of bottles
169
Strength
58.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
29 sep 2021 3:26 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 75.70

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Whisky reviews for Allt-a-Bhainne 2007 SMWS 108.42

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.00 points.

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Interesting whisky with very unusual notes.
    • Nose
      Sweet, floral, fruity, peach, extremely sweet on the nose. Water changes little for me.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, in addition to a surprisingly tart and slightly alcoholic note. More peach and sweet fruit. A little soapy with water. oak, and fruits.
    • Finish
      The finish shows spice, also some charred plastic. Mint... Is that whisky?

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  3. dramblingman scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Usually, I don’t mind pouring a dram at cask-strength. As a matter of fact, it’s often my preferred way. But with this dram it’s very clear that it needs some water to make it shine. With a few drops of water, it suddenly becomes an exceptional dram. It’s perhaps not the most complex you’ll ever taste, but it gives a wonderfully comfortable feeling. It holds a certain warmth that makes me want to pour a dram after a long walk in the cold rain, while sitting by the fireplace. Just like you would do with a cup of hot chocolate or a nice bowl of stew. And that’s a feeling that I’ve always loved.
    • Nose
      The nose instantly reminds me of walking into a hot kelo-sauna, where the wood aroma’s coming off the red pine logs come wafting at you as soon as you open the door. Behind that initial blast of wood, the honey starts to seep through while being infused with softer notes of vanilla. A little yellow grape tries to peek its head above the edge of the glass as well, but it’s very subdued. A couple of drops of water really amplifies the honey notes and makes them shine. The nose becomes wonderfully sweet, without being overwhelming.
    • Taste
      Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind is that this is a dram that needs a few drops of water. It’s a cask strength dram of course, but not one of those cask strengths where you barely notice the ABV. In this one it really hits you in the face. I’m getting loads of sharp red peppers, thick with honey and pine resin. Adding water has a drastic effect on the dram. Suddenly there’s baking spices, apple, raisins, and the sharp red pepper turns into a more cinnamon-like heat. But above all, it really helps to bring the honey notes front and centre stage. I fully understand why they incorporated bees into the name now!
    • Finish
      On the finish the high ABV is very noticeable as well, it leaves the tongue numb for quite a while and only some bitter oak notes are strong enough to shine through. Here the drops of water also completely change the experience. The roaring fire that once was becomes the dying embers of a campfire. One where somebody threw fresh young pines on the fire, making the resin bubble and boil. Honey remains thick on the tongue and some cloves make their way into the dram as well.

  4. Candorras scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nose: floral, sweet, waxy, apricot
    Taste: Sweet, very creamy, even waxy, floral
    Finish: becoming bitter, waxy

    A whisky that is different. Nice to have tried it but I wouldn't buy it again.

  5. Armando did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS notes: We had an evocative image of lifting the cedar wooden lid of a small beehive in the middle of a meadow and peering at a glistening mass of bees hanging off the honeycomb. On the palate neat we discovered honey-sweetened oats, cask char, orange oil and fruity blackberry throat lozenges, while in the finish a tickling wood spiciness. After reduction we made a lickety-split espresso infused with honey and cinnamon, we accompanied the coffee with a berries and cream choux ring, gooseberry fools and pineapple tarts. In the long finish we had a glass of full-bodied Shiraz wine, very typical black fruit flavours combined with spicy notes of liquorice and pepper.

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