Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Stated Age
23 years old
Refill Sherry
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Feb 2013 6:16 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 104.90

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 1989 VM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.78 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Fun if you liked the recent OBs and want this kind of thing in an older, more uncompromising and less consensual bottling. Not very complex though: a good argument for batch bottlings as opposed to single casks.
    • Nose
      Musty. Old oak cabinets and dusty attic. Gritty, mushy pears, with the skins included. ”Gym floors," my girlfriend proposes, and indeed, there's something pungent, sharp, and sour about the top note. There's also a vegetal / herbal aspect that I often get in Glenallachie, including the recent core range: parsley and dill come to mind. I like the OBs better.
    • Taste
      Simultaneously mineralic / tart and nutty. I like the former aspect, as it seems to be characteristic of Glenallachie, whereas the latter is less original and probably down to the cask type. Very mellow, reminds me a bit of Glenfarclas 25 in terms of development and mouthfeel (this is just a tad sharper). Not a lot of sweetness. Dried rather then fresh fruits. I'd say dried apricots, but it's a bit more tart and acerbic than that.
    • Finish
      Nice aftertaste, with the nutty and savory aspects reverberating the longest. Some fennel and liquorice and soft orchard fruits. Can't beat prolonged maturation.

  2. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Some solide Glenallachie. The sherry isn't that dominant but the refill cask has a lot of fruits to offer after all. Just a tad to bitter at the end.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Sherry, raisins, oranges, yellow fruits, apples, some pineapple, citrus, some apricots.
    • Taste
      Sherry, raisins, oranges, apricots.
    • Finish
      Medium. Fruits, oranges, some bitter oak.

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Calm and balanced, a little poor palette, the barrel, apparently, was very weak, there are sherry derivatives, but very few; despite this, the Molt turned out to be pleasant and whole, good work with the fortress, pitches, sufficient depth and complexity for its age.
    • Nose
      Open, intense, grain and malt, then saturated woody tones, light notes of lemon peel and carpentry motifs - lacquer, thinner, in the background, subtle raisins and dried apricots, nuts and dried apples.
    • Taste
      Oily, fruity-woody, a little raisins, ginger candied fruits, kvass notes.
    • Finish
        Light, fruity, raisin, lemon peel, caramel sweetness, in the background light wood bitterness.

  4. Bishlouk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The sherry is present, it could be a first fill. The reduction flanges the flavors in the mouth, too bad. The nose is very nice, though.
    • Nose
      A blend of orange zest, candied apricot, coffee, dusty wood, caramel, gingerbread and orange juice.
    • Taste
      An explosion of full-bodied spices. Black plum, hints of sweet tobacco, and orange jelly.
    • Finish
      Pepper in the throat, dryness in the mouth. Hints of liquid brown sugar.

  5. Hans-Ludwig scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    This whisky is bright yellow with a reddish sting. The aroma is clearly marked by the sherry barrel. The nose recognizes a nice sweetness with raisins, pineapple and citrus. Then a hint of caramel develops in the background. The taste is again characterized by the sherry. Then add pineapple and citrus notes. For a short while, smoldering smoke trickles through the background. The sweetness is becoming more and more pregnant. The finish is very short but warm and leaves a dry mouthfeel.
    The Glenallachie is a very nice, balanced whisky. It evolves over time and always reveals new secrets.


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