Glenallachie - 50th Anniversary Single Cask #986 - 1989 28 year old

50cl / 500ml / 57.7%
Product Details
Region / Type
Distillery
Glenallachie
Series / Description
50th Anniversary Single Cask #986
Vintage
1989
Year Bottled
2018
Age
28 year old
Alcohol ABV
57.7%
Cask Strength
Yes
Cask Wood Type
Sherry
Cask Number
986
Single Cask
Yes
Number Bottled
152
Packaging
Unboxed
Bottler
Distillery
Country of Origin
Scotland
Stopper
Cork
Bottle Type
Standard
Bottle Size
50cl / 500ml
Neck Level
Full Level
HTFW Cat. No.
LP9149

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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 19/5/1989 Bottled Feb 2018

86/100 on scotchwhisky.com

Nose: Rumbustious Sherry cask character, which mixes those blue fruits with some bodega funkiness: that lovely (well, I love it) cheese rind element, old Serrano ham with fruit, leather, prune and hints of nuttiness, which comes across as chestnut purée. Big, certainly, but balanced with Sherry-soaked wood and, with water, Christmas cake, bruised plum, sultana and apple.

Palate: Broad and heavily Sherried, this is the weightiest so far, with a mix of Sherry, inky new sprint and coffee grounds on the tip of the tongue, some coal-like dustiness and liquorice in the middle, then those dark, aromatic plums and blueberries on the end.Rich and layered, it holds water well, bringing out Bourbon biscuits, resin and a slight oiliness before the estery brightness (grilled pineapple) adds lift. Flirts with sulphur.

Finish: Dried peel and dark fruits.

Conclusion:One for the Sherry lovers.