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Overall rating
87.30/100
votes
69
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Chieftain's
Vintage
03.2005
Bottled
07.2015
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
900060
Number of bottles
637
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Aug 2015 6:33 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 82.75

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Whisky Reviews for Glenallachie 2005 IM

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.30 points

  1. Flou scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    With a color like dark amber, this 10-year-old GlenAllachie is in the glass and I expect a strong barrel influence from the color. I'm curious to see if I like this GlenAllachie as much as some of the OA bottlings I've had in the glass so far.

    The whisky initially appears very closed in the nose. The sherry barrel influence is immediately present but apart from a spicy sharpness there is not much else. I let the GlenAllachie breathe in the glass for 15-20 minutes and only then start the tasting in the hope that it will open a little.
    In fact, it is good for the GlenAllachie to let it breathe a little. It now looks significantly sweeter with a forest honey sweetness that gently lies over strawberries, dark cherries, dates and raisins. Vanilla and caramel complement the honey sweetness and leave a very sweet impression when smelling. A strong spiciness with black pepper, cinnamon and gingerbread spice forms the counterpoint. Strong nut flavors and cocoa notes make for a little more complexity, but overall the whisky is quite one-dimensional and therefore closed. The wood becomes more and more noticeable when smelling longer. There is a slight alcoholic sharpness above everything.

    In the mouth the whisky is strong and peppery, the sharpness at the start is too violent for me and I dilute down to about 53%. The GlenAllachie still has a lot of power and takes up the entire mouth. However, the spiciness declines somewhat and now the whisky is drinkable. The heavy forest honey sweetness is there and is accompanied by raisins with a chocolate coating. Strong pepper notes cause a tingling sensation on the tongue, the dark nut chocolate combines with hints of tart notes such as leather and tobacco. With the second sip, there is a hot chilli on the tongue, the whisky remains pleasantly sweet and spicy. I really like the taste of the GlenAllachie. It is somewhat impetuous and leaves little room for a certain complexity. But lovers of modern sherry cask whiskys with lots of punch will find it a pleasure. The harsh influences of the wood become stronger with every sip. However, the sweetness is so strong that the leather and tobacco notes are always at hand with an equal partner.

    The finish is medium long with pepper, leather, tobacco, some coffee with sugar and the wonderful forest honey sweetness. I like it when there is a counterpoint in the sweet area to the harsher notes and that is the case here. There is also a little lack of complexity here, but for a whisky that is only 10 years old, this is not surprising.

    Overall, I have to say that this whisky is a great sherry board if you like intense and fully charged sherry barrel whiskys. He is young, strong and intense ... but at the same time somewhat closed and a little too impetuously.

    I give 89/100 points. I liked it!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very intense whisky, a lot of sherrycask influence. Adding only a few drops of water makes it much more quiet immediately, cutting off the peppery edges.
    Good and enjoyable whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity, prunes, some earthy notes too, and chocolate. Nuts, some spicy notes, honey too. Full and rich scent. With some drops of water, more caramel arrives.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very intense, pickering, chocolate, coffee, old leather, some prunes. With some drops of water, all gets more quiet, still a full taste, more caramel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still pretty strong, a lot of chocolate, some coffee/cappuccino, and some honey. Still intense, pretty long finish, caramel now.

  4. bikenerd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    As I opened the bottle I was quite disappointed because the stuff was quite flat but alcoholic.

    After a few weeks in the open bottle and also 15 minutes in the glass it improved a lot and got a really nice sherry monster, showing quite decent wood influence. Fot me it is on par with an Abunadh e.g..

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    distillery not too famous, sherry bomb, what gives !?
    Can chivas work well?
    • Nose
      it causes!!
      macerated fruit and maderized, mold, we attack of course a "big" sherry!
      wood too, intense, tenacious,
      some spices, sweet caramel, honey
    • Taste
      Madeirised wine like an old maury, with its dust on the neck at the bottom of a cellar, the Madeira side of the fruits (grapes, cooked orange), mildew, the wine that stands out strongly
      some honey and cocoa
      the alcohol arrives "finally" to amplify even more these scents
      the barrel was stronger than the distillate, but what a good Sherry it must be!
    • Finish
      Alcool chaleur, moisissure et Xérès, bois aussi, bien mélangés
      c'est long et bon, surprenant.

  6. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      rich sherry notes, dates with some roasted nuts, vanilly, deep sweet spices
    • Taste
      86 86
      sulphury, intense fruity sherry, toffee, velvety, malty body
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium, with more honey and floral notes

  7. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A big sherry monster, but surprisingly oaky and spicy. 87/88.
    • Nose
      Phosphorous sherry, caramel, raisin, prune, jelly and gingerbread.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Sherry, tannic oak, pepper and ginger, dried fruits, marzipan and lemon peel.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, fruity.

  8. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. hans1971 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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