GlenAllachie released a series of eight single casks for the UK market yesterday. The release ranges from three older releases: two 1989 casks (sherry and bourbon, the sherry is reviewed below), and a 1990 ex bourbon cask, to five tweens. There’s a 2005 ex bourbon barrel, an ex bourbon cask from 2006 (reviewed below) as well as a 2006 virgin oak barrel that I must admit has caught my interest. The collection is rounded out by a port pipe matured whisky from 2007 and a bourbon barrel from 2008.
GlenAllachie 2006, Ex Bourbon Cask 27979 (62.6% ABV, NCF, NC)
Appearance: Gold, slow legs with a lot of residue.
Nose: Almonds and minerals, stone fruit, some dry minerals, maybe stone dust, with a hint of acetone.
Palate: Citrus peels with some orange juice sweetness, pepper and hard sweet candy.
Linger: Pepper and sweetness, with fresh nectarine. Most of the linger is in the mouth rather than the gullet.
The cask sample I had was 62.6%, and the official bottling is 62.4%.
GlenAllachie 1989, Sherry Butt 10073 (60.3% ABV, NCF, NC)
Appearance: Bronze, slow and evenly spaced legs with droplets releasing slowly.
Nose: Leather and a hint of balsamic, dried fruit, dryness, wood spices and some oak tannins. Limestone dryness and a hint of leather, with green grapes.
Palate: Dried fruit sweetness, cinnamon and clove, dried orange peel, chocolate and coffee with milk. It has a dryness and a lot of character.
Linger: Spice down the gullet, some coffee and sweetness on the tongue. The linger is long and very pleasant.
This is a beautiful single cask. The GlenAllachie spirit takes on the sherry quite well, and has aged nicely. This is a beautiful dram. The limestone or minerality that’s the GlenAllachie signature works beautifully with the sherry cask. Here too, the bottling is 0.2% less, and clocks in at 60.1%, which I mention only to explain the discrepancy in the ABV.