Glenallachie - 50th Anniversary Single Cask #10296 - 1978 39 year old

50cl / 500ml / 55.9%
Product Details
Region / Type
Distillery
Glenallachie
Series / Description
50th Anniversary Single Cask #10296
Vintage
1978
Year Bottled
2018
Age
39 year old
Alcohol ABV
55.9%
Cask Strength
Yes
Cask Wood Type
Sherry
Cask Number
10296
Single Cask
Yes
Number Bottled
120
Packaging
Unboxed
Bottler
Distillery
Country of Origin
Scotland
Stopper
Cork
Bottle Type
Standard
Bottle Size
50cl / 500ml
Neck Level
Full Level
HTFW Cat. No.
LP9152

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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 11/12/1978 Bottled Feb 2018

85/100 on scotchwhisky.com

Nose: Now here’s odd. It opens with this note which I sometimes get with an old whisky of the air inside an empty cupboard, a ghostly aroma of the smell of time lost. Then, like many of its kind, it begins to fill in. There’s some cold Darjeeling tea, then aromatic woods, resin, some sweet, raisined fruits, a little beeswax and then a needling, bone-dry oloroso element which will thrill true Sherry lovers. In time you pick out spent cigar, rum-and-raisin, and chocolate. At its best neat.

Palate: Sweet, with a heavy concentration of fruit, but that light airiness is still evident even after all this time (and the attentions of a Sherry butt). The tannins are more grippy, but there’s some dried mint and oregano, then date and pruney richness.

Finish: Coffee grounds. Conclusion Everything eventually is concentrated into an essence. A fascinating journey.

I reckon that Billy Walker’s done it again.