Glenallachie 15 years, 46% alc. Original bottling (approx. 2020). Maturation: Bourbon barrels, maturing in sherry barrels (Oloroso and PX)
Nose: A surprisingly subtle but pleasantly fruity nose, also directly a light spice. The whisky starts with plum jam and various nuts. There is also flambéed banana and blackberries, a little white chocolate. The plum jam is seasoned with a little cinnamon, then I find cedar wood and colored pepper.
Palate: Creamy and fruity, quickly dries up. Dried fruits in chocolate, cinnamon and tobacco. Again some nuts, the spices are now increasing significantly. The cinnamon gains heat, plus a little pepper and some tingling oak.
Finish: Long and dry, the oak clearly sets the tone here. Coffee chocolate, cloves and cinnamon, pepper. In addition, suddenly a little lavender.
Conclusion: This Glenallachie starts out a little restrained and playful in the nose, but is clearly picking up speed on the palate. For me a good whisky for cold winter evenings. 84/100 points (2021)