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!