Glenallachie 2011

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cuvée Cask Finish
Calculated age
11 years old
PX, Madeira & Port
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 may 2022 9:56 pm by whiskyfass_de

Average value

€ 69.28

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29 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 2011

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.81 points

  1. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another good cuvee, after the excellent 2008, the similarly great 2009 followed by the disappointing 2009 Sherry&Rioja, this continues with the first two. Aromas of berries, dried fruits and coffee. Dominant, barrel-heavy (which doesn't have to be a bad thing with any Gleallachie distillate) and dense, the malt presents itself without weaknesses in any of the disciplines. Water can, but doesn't have to.

  2. Choas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What I like about this whisky is that the Madeira is so present. It is tasty, but does not tolerate that much water in terms of taste and is too hot/young imo on its own. The port is not so present, but the grapey PX sweetness is noticeable. I think you get a whisky here for a fair price, where you can discover a lot with a nice Madeira touch. But the sample is enough for me. For a large bottle it is a bit too special for me and not really mature (harmonious.
    • Nose
      88 88
      pure - quite rotten fruit at the beginning, slight alcohol tinge, but the alcohol settles and the Maeira influence shows up with apricots and tropical notes, but also some acidity and berries, slightly vinous, is that the port or PX?, grape sweetness, after the first sip also coffee notes
      slightly diluted - now there is more sweetness, the Madeira influence is very present, peach, caramel sweetness, you can feel the PX molasses and red grapes, successful!
    • Taste
      86 86
      pure - quite hot, dark chocolate, mocha, plum jam, seems to need water
      somewhat diluted - quite hot, slightly overripe fruit, a little berry, light wood tingling, slightly sweet, not so convincing
    • Finish
      86 86
      pure - powerful but medium-length, alcohol-driven and somewhat tart, closed
      somewhat diluted - medium length and fruity, slightly nutty, a little chocolaty

  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Funtik scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

  5. mattheww scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. 2ndSip scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    So it needs enough time to breathe and develop... then you will find dark fruits paired with light acidity from Port and light sweetness from PX and Madeira in the nose.
    Significantly more sweetness in taste; but it also gets drier at the back.
    Yes, he can do something.
    With water: you really have to try different variations (a few drops, more drops, a lot of drops) to find your sweet spot. In the nose it benefits from the water, in my opinion not in the taste.
    [86 - 82 = good whisky -> get (second) bottle? Maybe...]
    • Nose
      86 86
      In the nose it initially seems somehow dry, dull, closed. Only with time and enough air do I find dark (dried) fruits, dry plums, raisins, brown sugar. Earthy, musty aroma. Slight red wine acidity comes from the background; the acid goes into a still unripe strawberry. A certain honey sweetness resonates in the background, but is not immediately apparent.
      Over time it becomes a little sweeter in aroma, but the PX/Madeira sweetness doesn't strike - at least in the nose.
      After the sip I still have a peach in my nose; overall it looks fruitier.
      With water: the dark fruits are more concise and the sweetness comes through more.
    • Taste
      87 87
      sticky sweetness is immediately there on the tongue, creamy-oily with a sherry spiciness, honey/caramel sweetness spreads. It becomes drier on the palate and brings a slightly tart note with it,
      which transitions into a dark chocolate/coffee powder moment. It doesn't swing into bitterness though, which is a plus for me. With every second, the tongue is getting drier and more coated with tannins.
      Second sip: more sweetness, more dark fruits can be found now; the sherry seasoning and spice mix is back. Out back it doesn't change much for the first sip.
      With water: soft, creamy-oily, a lot more fruit, but also a stronger alcohol sharpness... mmmh, ok, you have to play a little there; he gets away almost better without water.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dark chocolate, dark fruits, coated tongue. Dry and also somehow earthy-musty (but in a positive sense).
      Overall medium to long lasting. Over time, a nutty something emerges, but I can't really grasp it.
      With water: longer lasting, but also tart; the hazelnut note is now much more pronounced, but it also turns into a more green and unripe hazelnut.


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