...and this dram proves the high potential of Glenallachie, again (like WB id 86041 did before). It offers both an impressive and complex profile without any flaw or off-note that is very, very quaffable. A completely old style Traditional Scotch of the finest kind, hopefully the new owners keep this profile.
[January, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old score and review. Great stuff to quaff! And there is something about this taste I really, really like despite I am not sure if others like it the same way (given the rather average scores here at WB) - but to be honest: I could not care less! And sorry folks, you can flagellate me but this is a 90 points dram according to MY taste buds (I bought another bottle).
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a fine Traditional Scotch profile that is oily, waxy and nutty before some shy fruits and spices dare to join in. After some breathing it grows impressively on additional barley sugars, honeys and herbal aromas. Hey, I like this! It is not the greatest nose of all but it is a pleasure to explore and enjoyable to sniff.
The taste is quite impressive on an old style flavour of milk chocolate with hazelnuts and coffee beans (really!) that I personally like very much. After some chewing more flavours pop up - among them mocha, green tea, spices, muscovado sugars, walnut oil and many more. All fits perfectly into a balanced mix that is nicely layered and chewable - and dangerously quaffable, no doubt.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and nicely coating without distracting moments. The finish is long and vanishes slowly in several fading waves which is pure pleasure. It turns more chocolatey and spicy towards the end (what often happens with such profiles) and leaves a fantastic last impression. Water turns the dram smoother and even more quaffable but nevertheless I like the neat dram best (because of its bold impressions).