Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Calculated age
18 years old
Refill American Hogsheads
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Map Label
Added on
11 Dec 2014 2:24 pm by Angelos

Average value

€ 85,22

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Whisky Reviews for Allt-a-Bhainne 1996 GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.83 points

  1. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    An old bottle on my shelf that;s a little oxidized but I think it's needed it.

    Let's dig into a not-oft seen distillery in my area (Canada), and a big powerhouse of the Chivas stable.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Hmm fruity, green apple/pear fruits and a touch of roasted nuts. The bottle says almonds and I'm inclined to agree, something else in there like maybe tangerine peel or star ainse. Vanilla and clove with a touch of cask char or wood smoke maybe too.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Laid back. It's an oily start, but a thin follow up. Vanilla and chalk meet pear drops and apple skins. There's a touch more citrus that comes out, again more pith than citrus and a touch of dried hay. It's light and easy drinking, although I do recall more char notes to it...
    • Finish
      83 83
      This is the let down, it's sort of medium but ends shortly. I wish there was a bit more to it ABV-wise. That being said, there's a bunch of vaniall and oak spice with a lovely twist of peppery/sharp herbs.. I agree with peatbogger a drop or two of water really helps open it up.

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    I rarely use water in a 46% whisky, because I rarely can justify the change it makes. But I felt this one needed it, and just 3-4 drops into this one made magic.
    Thanks to karloff for the sample, I enjoyed the challenge.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Extremely light in colour for an 18YO.
      Overwhelming white fruit, dominated by pear.
      Then mellon and sweet orange.
      Noticable spicy alc.
      With just a couple of drops of water the spice and alc feel disappeared, and it became even more deliciously sweet with lots of apple.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Borderline agressive arrival, but it doesn't escalate from there.
      Peppery and bitter in an acceptable manner.
      Dry leather.
      The few drops of water removed all agressiveness.
      Spice level dropped and it became a Pulteney like fruit cocktail.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium lenght, dry and spicy hot.
      Water (few drops) doesn't shorten the finish, but it becomes sweeter and a lot less spicy.

  3. karloff scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    This is the first time I have tried this distillery and it started off slow and a bit unspectacular. But as I've made my way down the bottle I've gotten to know it a lot better and at times it's shined. As you know the relationship with a bottle of whisky from start to finish is special,it's like a friend, there are good times and not so good. I wave goodbye to this one and move on to the next.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet honey and waffer, orange, green tea, apple, pear,mellon and lush green grass. Spices are also there like oregano and coriander leaf.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Dry, bitter and spicey is what I get straight away but it's all good and well balanced. This is what you get all the way, it doesn't go up, down or sideways. Not complex at all, it is what it is but that's ok, it's consistent if nothing else. It really reminds me of biting into a ripe bitter green apple like a Granny Smith.
    • Finish
      82 82
      A medium dry finish with plenty of mint and oregano.

  4. Goethe scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Without beeing to much into the Allt-a-Bhainne business this malt is quite enjoyable. Quite refillish but no alcohol at all on the palate.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Overripe pear, citrus fruits, hits of vanilla, allspice.
    • Taste
      Creamy citrus fruits, allspice, peppery, some pineapple.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Some green apples, citrus fruits, some fresh oak.


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