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 12-year-old expression has been expertly matured in American Oak Ex-Bourbon Barrels and then subsequently, underwent additional maturation for almost two years in Sauternes Wine Barriques meticulously sourced by Master Distiller Billy Walker, imparting a distinctive twist onto the GlenAllachie spirit.
On the nose: there is a warm invitation of mandarins, lemon sherbet, honey and a waft of apricots. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of peache, a hint of cinnamon and a velvety butter note start to emerge. More fruit notes in the form of Vitoria grapes, pineapple and a tropical note start slowly manifest. Rounding-off the nose are notes of heather, lavender, candy floss and bubblegum. On the palate: those warm and sweet notes of pineapples, apricots, mandarins and lemon sherbet are ever-present, followed by notes of honey and grappa. Notes of cinnamon, mixed spices and mint start to appear, wrapped in notes of treacle and a hint of salty caramel. Completing the palate are notes of hazelnuts, a truffle like note, butterscotch and green herbs. The finish: is medium/long, sweet and spicy, with lingering nuttiness and oak.
The verdict: I’ve had my fair share of whisky that has been aged in Sauternes Casks and yet, I was gleefully surprised by this Glenallachie expression. It’s sweet, fruity 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 12yo drop of liquid gold is rather special and has intrigued me so much so that I look forward to trying some more of their limited edition wine cask series. With a ABV of 48%, it doesn’t require any water to unlock the full plethora of notes on offer.
The GlenAllachie Sauternes Cask Finish 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available to purchase at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £65. For more information on this 12-year-old expression, visit theglenallachie.com