We don’t see much Allt-A-Bhainne about but there’s been a bit of a fanfare recently concerning the arrival of an OB. Dave Broom wrote a pretty scathing article about it actually.
This isn’t an OB though, this is an IB brought to us by the lovely people at Murray McDavid, the indie that loves to finish whiskies in weird wine casks (that’s how I think of them anyway). Also, you can’t miss their garish packaging.
This one was an exclusive for the Speyside Whisky Festival 2018 back in May but they had a bottle at the Liverpool Whisky Lounge I happened to also be at.
Allt-A-Bhainne 2009 Murray McDavid 62.1%
Nose: All about the cask but what a cask! Meaty, juicy and fruity PX, Sherry all over, creamy vanilla, orange, bright cherry, very slightly sulphury (in a good way).
Water: The abv pokes through, sharp.
More water: Ah, better! Back to meaty, slightly sulphury territory, very nice.
Taste: Soft and light at 62%! Cherry and an explosion of orange, creamy mouthfeel with vanilla.
Water: A little spicier, a bit more complexity too.
Finish: Medium length. Soft orange, some juicy/meaty Sherry left over.
An exclusive for the Speyside Whisky Festival 2018. PX Sherry finish. Very good at only 8 years old. And I think the price was pretty reasonable.
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