It took me some time to get around to publishing the rest of the series of the official bottlings of the distillery. You’ll recall that I very much liked the GlenAllachie 12. I’m continuing the series with the GlenAllechie 18 year old, to be followed by the 25 year old and the 10 year old cask strength. Yes, I know that convention dictates running up the ladder by age, but in this case, I prefer working by ABV.
Like everybody else, my exposure to GlenAllachie was very limited before Billy Walker took over. Yes, we’ve tasted some indies, but we can now start talking about a distillery character, upon which I’ll elaborate later in this series.
This expressions was, surprisingly, the least appealing of the quartet of whiskies released in the 2018 core range release. It’s comprised of whisky matured in ex bourbon, Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks. When I say I don’t like it, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just somewhat uninspired. Personally I’d go for a bottle of the 12 or 10 year old before this expression.
The GlenAllechie 18 (46%)
Appearance: Amber, slow and thin legs.
Nose: Malt and red apples, wood spices with cinnamon and allspice and a hint of nutmeg. Honey, baking cookies at the neighbor’s, and a hint of something metalic.
Palate: Sweet with peppery with a little nuttiness. There’s some orange rind bitterness there too.
Linger: A tad peppery with a sweetness. There’s dryness in the mouth, but especially on the palate, with a certain spot that has this dryness. The gullet remains spicy for quite some time, as the linger in the mouth turns to raw black pepper before leaving a dryness.
The 18 year old is actually less interesting than the 12, which I thought to be a lovely entry level expression.