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Whisky Reviews for Glenalba 25-year-old Cd
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.16 points
- Excellent whisky for a very good price.
- BOTTLE #1
'The kind of whisky i want around at all times’
N: A blend with 25 years of whisky maturation, for £35 - yes please. Gingery~heathery~buttery rum, malty=woody oak - some mouldy oak at that. along with ripe & over-ripe fruits - apples, raisins, mango, bananas, grapes, lemons and [yoghurt] papaya, and some perfumed candy fruit notes, custard pastries and malty-plasticine also. Curiously endearing, old style, aged Spey malt.
T: It means business from the off, Its a proper old Scotch don’t you know! The sherry influence is firm but unobtrusive, allowing the bourbon casks and Speyside character to show readily. There are some wobbles during the setup and it becomes a weeny bit sharp - but a little water sorts that. Buttery, grassy, oaky maltiness rings true, with a little dry, savoury=sweet lemony freshness after the [dried] blood-orange fruits subside. Its really rather competent with the right water management - a just a little brings forth sweet fruits, running through slow-aged oak before turning to robust, dry-grassy malt. Certainly wins me over.F: Rich, dark, dry-heathery oaky-malt. More ripe fruits from the nose linger until the end - lemon, raisins and apples. Its soft vibrancy is sustained. That sherry finish rounds off and compliments the multiple [bourbon>sherry] casks nicely.C: The kind of whisky i want around at all times. Ive now whizzed through a second bottle and I’ll enjoy a third. Fortunately there’s plenty to go around [24000 bts], so it may be worth casting your reservations to one side whilst you make a fairly harmless and speculative purchase.Scores a B- 
C: Another bottle enjoyed, admired and polished off pronto. I see the 22yo WB won a prestigious award. I can’t wait to try that too and compare them side by side. I’ve had some fabulous whisky during this bottles briefly open, and my it stands its own ground so well. Sure there are some tired, rubbery casks and some random sherry notes: PX>Oloroso, Amontillado, Port casks? - probably the lot, but boy theres more than likely 1800’s oak in here and that’s always a privilege. Scores a mark lower than the previous bottle but thoroughly enjoyed.
Scores a C+ BOTTLE #3
N: And yet another bottle! it's instantly pleasing on opening with its sherried, nutty-walnut oaked, orange fruit punch. Initially a touch austere, but the low abv and let’s be franky - flat disposition means it's never going to assault the nose. In fact I find the abv to be acceptable throughout. Any more power from this one and it may have become a little offensive, that is allowing for some roughness. There's a light toastedness too and an oiliness - olive oil un-chill-filtered, naturally. There are many factors at work here, but as a big batch blend this is best enjoyed light heartedly, jovially, and without too much scrutiny - it's not after all designed to be a game changer. Having said that, if you give it time and peruse it for a while, you realise this is no botch job, this is a skilful blended given lots of components. Who's behind this Clydesdale bottling? There’s something pad Thai here, a little lemon grass & papaya - over ripe-warm-cooked papaya, light crab meat, more papaya & quince jelly (vanilla) ice-cream, some heather, light herbs, cream, dried lime and very yellow-sweet clotted cream. Very nice indeed. T: Although there's some flatness to the entirety as [mentioned before] and it's the minimum 40%, there's a kick to the arrival - it's a little abrupt in fact. I find water really aides this along, and helps to capture the ‘heart’ of this blend. It rushes right along....F: …. but that heart i just mentioned is found somewhere round here, after a swift arrival and minimal development. It's partly the sherry influences and the way it's interacted with the barley, and without doubt the complex layers of oak from a series of cask types and ages - and a deep, almost diesel oil light=dry, sour-cream finish, which i’m always partial too. But there's more detail to that heart - it's that toasted rubber I know from Glenrothes and also fromGlenfarclas. There's likely to be either or both of those whiskies represented here. That's it, happy!C: I find something worthwhile, an 'aah' moment in every sip, when I get the water right - otherwise it can be clumsy. Enjoy it for what it is, a very reasonably priced seriously aged blend that will give you hours of pleasure as long as you entertain it. I loved this from the off and have consequently experienced [glugged] more ‘cl’ of this in a short space of time than any other whisky. Today I score this a mark higher than the previous bottle, so back to my original mark.Scores a B- BOTTLE #4
N: Aah there she is, my ‘old faithful’ - one that consists of tired rubbery sherry & cognac notes with an ineviatable sherried finish>bourbon base oak-stewed raisin>barley-mash. I can accept the re-racked ‘old & tired’ because the ‘vintage’ confectionary candy & pastries trolley is quite a treat, accompanied by a well-stewed cuppa - especially those Danish Swirls.
T: Big-yet-soft sherry & big-yet-soft tannins with toasted nuts & caramel. The soft tannins add a dryness but don’t prevent the flowing of thickish=thinnish sugars. It develops sporadically but the theme is clear - winey-sherry sweet with heavy-soft oak.
F: Caramel chocolate-liqueur into the finish.
C: Another bottle enjoyed, though I hadnt picked up the caramel so strongly in others. Still, its such fun always with relative interest yet the newly discovered [for me] 34yo rocked my boat a little more by comparison this time around.Scores a C Further reading: Scotchwhisky.com 8.2
- Very "christmas whisky" :) and very good at this price.
Very fruity, aromatic, fruit liqueur, cherries, deep inside we can feel some nuts, the smell of malt and honey.
Cherries, nuts, orange peel, well balanced. After a while the oak appear. Pleasant.
Pretty long as for a blended whisky, dried fruits.
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