Billy Walker, who had owned Glendronach, BenRiach and Glenglassaugh, went on to sell those and buy Glenallachie.
Glendronach having gained so many fans, it was a surprise to me to see that most of the first releases of Glenallachie were from refill and Bourbon barrels rather than sherry but Billy seems to have found some sherry casks now.
The latest batch of single casks are dark as hell and this 15yo was released. I was keen to try, as I’d ended up disappointed with the 12 cask strength and 25 that I’d tried.
Glenallachie 15 46%
Nose: Heavy malt, Sherry sweetness, dark and rich, very earthy, heather, dark chocolate, faint baking spices, quite dominated by that earthy note though.
Taste: Sweet arrival, PX Sherry, black raisin, very rich in the mouth, juicy raisin, prune, fig, black cherry, good development.
Finish: Medium length. Quite soft into the finish but then develops more earthy malt and orange juice. Doesn't quite do it for me here.
An obvious nod to the Glendronach 15. Mix of Sherry finish and fully PX matured. I really like the heavy earthy nose and the arrival and development do a good job too, I just think this loses points in the finish. Not as good as the old Glendronach 15 of course.
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