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GlenAllachie 15 year old single malt review

Here’s a 15 year old single malt from a distillery known to produce malt whisky for blended whiskies. Because it’s been used for blends, GlenAllachie has an impressive annual production capacity of 3,2 million liters. The GlenAllachie Distillery was founded in 1967 and is located at Aberlour of Scottish  Speyside region.

In 2017 Chivas Brothers sold the distillery to The GlenAllachie Distillers Company, formed by Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage. Stevenson used to be the Master Distiller of Inver House Distillers. Billy Walker is a true rock star of whisky industry, former MD of BenRiach and GlenDronach. So no wonder they started to use the capital “A” with GlenAllachie under Walker’s stewardship.

Walker surely left his mark with GlenDronach which to me, appears to be a premium brand when it comes to sherry matured whiskies. He continues to carry that premium whisky ideology in his new position: “We’ve decided to differentiate ourselves by bottling everything at 46% (ABV) or above, and non-chill filtered, natural color.”

GlenAllachie 15 year old has been aged in a combination of Oloroso and PX Sherry Hogsheads and Puncheons.

The GlenAllachie 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky Review

Tasting notes

Matured in:
Ex-Sherry Oloroso & PX Hogsheads & Puncheons
ABV: 46%
Non-chill filtered, no added colour
Colour: Mahogany
Nose: Starts with acid notes, sultanas, oak and light sherry. Raisins with toffee and hints of cinnamon. Slightly darker sherry notes rise from the back but overall the aromas are still quite light, like a perfume of red fruits and rhubarb on the side.
Taste: Orange peel and marmalade. Dark chocolate and citrus. Addition of water brings caramel and more berry bitterness. Mix of unripe strawberries and cranberries, along with strong yet lightly sherried oak.
Finish: Bitter sherry oak dominates in the beginning. Gently dry with sweet spices and hints of dark chocolate. Unfortunately the weakest part of this dram. Drops of water makes it dryier with tobacco and heavier dark chocolate notes.
Balance: Nose is interesting and definitely the best part. Palate is complicated and aftertaste left me cold. Overall a nice whisky yet slight disappointment.

GlenAllachie 15YO Scoring

Distillery: The GlenAllachie Distillery Region: Speyside

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Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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