Glenallachie 15yo

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Following on from the launch of Glenallachie’s core range just over a year ago, another expression has been added to the line up. The newly released 15 year old slots into the middle of a range which also consists of a 10 year old Cask Strength, 12 year old, 18 year old and 25 year old. I was really quite impressed with the range when I tasted them last year, with the cask strength 10yo being a particular stand out in the ‘bang for buck’ category.

Commenting on the release of the 15yo, Master Distiller Billy Walker said: “I’ve been working on our 15 year old release since we acquired Glenallachie back in October 2017. In that time I’ve been intimately following the development of the various casks and I believe the 15 year old is the perfect balance of distillery and cask influence. For this 15 year old, I chose PX and Oloroso puncheons and hogsheads to deliver complete depth and finish. This whisky is rich in sweet spices, raisins and butterscotch, with waves of banana, orange peel and dark chocolate. The extra years the whisky spent maturing in the sherry wood casks extends the flavour further. I’m delighted to add this to our core range, it absolutely represents the DNA and personality of The Glenallachie now and going forward. We work with a variety of casks although as we move forward you will see sherry wood influence coming to the fore.”

Glenallachie 15yo
PX & oloroso puncheons & hogsheads
46% ABV
£61.98 here

Nose: Cherry lips sweets, black currant Chewits, and pink shrimp sweets – a quite synthetic sweetness. Then plum jam, blackberries, new leather and some warm plastic. A touch of green banana too.

Palate: Cinnamon, chocolate covered Brazil nuts, malt loaf and dry twigs. Then more of that gummy bear sweetness, with fig rolls, stewed apricot and honeycomb.

Finish: Dry, dusty woodspice, with toasted raisins and firm oak.

Overall: It’s a pretty good addition to the Glenallachie core range. The nose is a little on the synthetic side, but once in the mouth, the palate and finish are rather pleasing with dried fruit, an earthy sweetness and a kick of woodspice. I still prefer the 10yo Cask Strength, but if you’re into your sherried whiskies, definitely give this a go.



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