For the first time last year we posted some tasting notes from the GlenAllachie distillery and yet, there seems to be something rather familiar about their whisky. GlenAllachie, From the Gaelic Gleann Aileachaidh, which translate to ‘Valley of the Rocks’ is located in the heart of Speyside at the foot of Ben Rinnes, just outside the town of Aberlour. It is said the GlenAllachie (Glen-Alla-Key) has been a hidden gem for many year and was almost unheard of until it was taken back into private ownership. As one of the few independently owned distilleries in Scotland, this has allowed legendary master distillery Billy Walker to bless of with some more of his masterful blending skills. This 11-year-old expression has been matured initially in American oak barrels and finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheons, adding layers of complexity and sweet fruit.
On the nose: there is a warm invitation of sultanas, plantain, raisins, creme brûlée and dark chocolate. These initial notes are closely followed by pineapple, star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon. Notes of candy, sherbet and orange zest start to emerge alongside notes of honey. Completing the nose are notes of hazelnuts, blossoms and a hint of old leather. On the palate: those warm and sweet notes of pineapples and dark chocolate are ever-present, alongside notes of rum soaked raisins, treacle and tobacco leaf. Notes of cinnamon, start anise and nutmeg start to emerge, alongside notes of orange peel. Rounding-off the nose are notes of green herbs, zest, beeswax, black pepper and creme brûlée. The finish: is long, bittersweet, with lingering notes of spices, oak and molasses.
The verdict: I’ve had my fair share of whisky that has been aged in PX Casks and yet, I was gleefully surprised by this Glenallachie expression. It’s rich, sweet and well-balance from nose to palate, with some of the most delicate notes that just seem to keep coming at you. This is a 11yo drop of liquid gold is rather special and has intrigued me so much so that I look forward to trying some more of their wood finish range. With a ABV of 48%, it doesn’t require any water to unlock the full plethora of notes on offer.
The GlenAllachie Pedro Ximénez Cask Finish 11 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available to purchase at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £65. For more information on this 11-year-old expression, visit theglenallachie.com