Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Cask (TWC)
Stated Age
09 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 apr 2017 6:44 pm by RL_whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 63.90

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Whisky reviews for Allt-a-Bhainne 2008 TWC

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.86 points.

  1. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  Almost nobody knows how to pronounce this distillery correctly and most use an english pronunciation like "allto-bain" that is certainly wrong.  So I asked the employees of Allt-á-Bhainne during my last visit there and the gaelic speaking people were somehow divided about what is correct.  What is for sure is that the "Allt-á" is pronounced with both a  german "a" (like in the english word "class").  But the Bhainne some spoke as "Van" (like caravan without the cara) while others called it "Wanee" (like the song "Swanee River" without the leading "S" of course).  I personally like the "Wanee" better but I think the "Van" is more likely because of the similarities with the pronunciation of the last syllable of Bunnahabhain.

    But let us focus on the whisky now.  This is another one of these modern underaged drams (in my terms this means below 10 years) that pop up like mushrooms as almost all the warehouses are empty of older casks (as a result of the whisky boom phase).  In case of Allt-á-Bhainne this is somewhat justified as this distillery produces for blends exclusively and such whisky rarely celebrates its 10th birthday...

    Such whiskies are designed for blending purposes only and that is what their destiny should be - I do not think it makes sense or it justifies the buck to bottle this as a single malt.  Period!
    • Nose
      76 76
      The colour is pale straw and the texture shows rather fast legs and a few late fat tears. The nose is that of a typical immature whisky with still a lot of feinty aromas besides the grassy-autumn floral profile. Not really something I appreciate to nose but not really bad either.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The taste again is immature and somewhat unbalanced with strong barley sugars and spicy wooden notes. I can imagine this is wanted as a basic pofile for blends but it comes across exactly the same way as a single malt too: very basic (or simple).
    • Finish
      81 81
      It arrives on the palate warming with some peppery moments and even a slight coating - so that is okayish. The finish is of medium length and very sweet without any distracting off-notes. After adding some water the immature flavours rather grow stronger both in the nose and on the palate so this does not really help.


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