- Brand: GlenAllachie
- ABV: 55.4%
Until recently I had never even heard of Chinquapin, but turns out to be a type of white oak from North-America, related to the chestnut tree. Drinks Shop Bos from Belgium bottled this single cask – sold out by now – from 2008. Apparently they still have a Sauternes cask from GlenAllachie. No matter, we’ll try this Chinquapin single barrel at cask strength that was released in 2019.
Very aromatic nose on oranges, raisins, cedar wood and caramel. Hint of anise, liquorice and candied ginger. Lots of vanilla and pinch of cinnamon. Fresh figs and young apples. Very, very good.
Oily and fresh on the palate. Does not need water. Mostly citrus now. Think oranges and bright yuzu. Apricots kick in, while the spices slowly put your mouth aflame. The saliva glands to into overdrive. Figs again. Sugared orange peel. Hint of chewing tobacco. Raisins galore. Midplate the wood appears, giving the malt weight and making it slightly drying.
The finish is very long, warm and spicy with lots of caramel and juicy blood oranges that counteract the tannins.
Wow, that was an impressive malt from a distillery that does not appear on my scope very often.