Hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas break and/or New Year! Hopefully many decent drams were consumed and shared.
Let’s start 2019 as we mean to go on, by continuing to give fair but objective reviews of whiskies.
We’ll start with a new Glenallachie and I’ll be honest, I was super excited when Billy Walker bought another distillery. Benriach, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh were all fantastic whiskies, very innovative with lots of interesting casks, single cask releases that blew our minds. It was time to see what Billy Walker would make of Glenallachie!
And yet, when it came out, the initial reviews were quite average. The first single casks were super expensive and then the age statement range came out and I realised I didn’t really care that much. I didn’t feel the need to buy a bottle straight away. ‘I’ll try it when I try it’ I thought…
Glenallachie 10 Cask Strength Batch 2 54.8%
Nose: Quite raw with sharp alcohol at first. Barley mash, lemon, a tiny balsamic note, orange blossom. A very natural nose that stays true to the distillery character but isn’t particularly complex.
Water: You can tame the abv with water but it remains stubbornly simple.
Taste: Sour orange citrus and barley forward spirit, quite spirity and raw but, again, true to the distillery character.
Water: Softer but still simple with barley, orange and oak.
Finish: Long length. Raw spice, oak and spirit. Quite a harsh finish. Better with balance with water.
There's something quite endearing about a whisky that’s so honest... Some dislike Mr. Walker for his WalkerizingTM of whiskies by dumping them in Sherry or wine casks, completely masking the original style of the spirit. To be fair, that really isn’t the case here but the spirit character just wasn’t that great to begin with IMO (Do remember as well that 10 years ago the distillery was making whisky for blends like Chivas). I am left thinking that the new Glenallachie isn’t necessarily the golden goose I thought it would be.
Thanks for reading!
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Network Average: 75.1
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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