Over the past few months, we’ve slowly acquainted ourselves with drams of liquid gold from the GlenAllachie distillery. 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 18-year-old expression has been aged in a combination of puncheons and hogsheads that previously held Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry, with a bit of Virgin oak thrown in for good measure.
On the nose: there is a warm invitation of sultanas, currants, vanilla, alongside a lovely undertone of hazelnuts, marzipan and dark chocolate. These initial notes are closely followed by notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of butterscotch and mixed spice. Completing the nose is a hint of heather, toffee, a touch mint, lemon zest, pitted cherries and a hint of green herbs. On the palate: those warm and sweet notes of sultanas, currants and vanilla are ever-present, alongside notes of a toffee, butterscotch and dark chocolate. After a few swirls in the glass, notes of marzipan start to emerge, as well as notes of honey, subtle spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. Rounding-off the palate are notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar and a green herbaceous note. The finish: is medium and sweet, with lingering notes of raisin, marzipan and a chocolate truffle like note.
The verdict: As I’d mentioned at the start of these notes that we’d never posted tasting notes yet it smelt and tasted familiar. Surely this was because of master distiller Billy Walker, who used to be the master distiller at one of our favourite distilleries: GlenDronach. This is a 18yo drop of liquid gold that is rather interesting and has quite a good balance. It has great depth in flavour, with some lovely lingering notes and I’m told this new release is somewhat of an improvement over previous releases. With a ABV of 46%, it doesn’t require any water to unlock the full plethora of notes on offer.
The GlenAllachie 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available to purchase at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £95. For more information on this 18-year-old expression, visit theglenallachie.com