Glenallachie - 50th Anniversary Single Cask #100285 - 1991 26 year old

50cl / 500ml / 55%
Product Details
Region / Type
Distillery
Glenallachie
Series / Description
50th Anniversary Single Cask #100285
Vintage
1991
Year Bottled
2018
Age
26 year old
Alcohol ABV
55%
Cask Strength
Yes
Cask Wood Type
Oak
Cask Number
100285
Single Cask
Yes
Number Bottled
68
Packaging
Unboxed
Bottler
Distillery
Country of Origin
Scotland
Stopper
Cork
Bottle Type
Standard
Bottle Size
50cl / 500ml
Neck Level
Full Level
HTFW Cat. No.
LP9151

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Product Description

One of the six-strong single cask single malt releases from the ‘new’ GlenAllachie. The capitalised ‘A’ in the middle of the name gives a clue to the distillery’s new owner: Billy Walker, previously of BenRiach (and indeed GlenDronach). Walker bought the distillery from Chivas Brothers last year and, in doing so, set about transforming GlenAllachie from a little-known distillery producing fillings for blends such as Passport and 100 Pipers, into a quality-oriented single malt in its own right.

A core range is set to launch in June but, while we wait for that, there is this initial release of six single cask single malts – spanning the years 1978 to 1991, with two each from 1989 and 1990 in the middle.

Distilled 04/03/1991 Bottled Feb 2018

81/100 on scotchwhisky.com

Nose: Slightly sharp with some nose burn, then dry grass and, in time, the sweetness of flapjack and the start of a softer, richer, dark fruitiness accompanied by fresh-sawn wood. Water brings out a more juicy, citric edge, along with more overt cask elements; soft runny caramel, a touch of nutty cereal and fresh-ploughed field.

Palate: While there’s still some heat, there’s also a soft butterscotch/tablet element which adds flavour but, more significantly, texture, which rounds off the palate. Everything seems light and fresh aromatically speaking but with this smoothed solidity and, while things do dry a little in the centre, everything is resolved on the end where there’s this fruity/floral thing going on. It does need water, which gives all of these elements another boost – and better cohesion. Now there’s blue fruit fragrance, especially on the back palate and, in time, hints of char.

Finish:Vanilla, nuts, then a bright, almost effervescent spiciness.

This is a fresh and easy-going introduction to a little-known distillery.