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Glenallachie 15 year old

Sweet and Sour

5 286

WReview by @Wierdo

18th Jan 2020


Glenallachie 15 year old
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This is my first Glenallachie. Been meaning to grab a bottle for a while. Due essentially to Ralfy constantly banging on about it. When they brought out a sherry cask 15 year old I asked my wife to get me a bottle for my birthday in November. I'm not a huge fan of Sherry Bombs but I like to have at least one bottle in my cabinet at any one time for when I'm in the mood.

Glenallachie was brought by Billy Walker in 2017. Apparently, Walker is a big name in Scotch circles.

Anyway onto the whisky.

Review is neat


A typical Sherry Bomb nose. Dried fruits, beeswax, candied oranges, slightly solventy


Quite a thin mouthfeel. Slightly peppery on arrival. Then a big fruit kick. Raisins, figs, oranges. Then it takes a sour turn. Like you've taken a bite of an orange with the skin on so you get the orange taste but also a mouthful of the pith. The switch from sweet to sour contrasts in a way that isn't entirely pleasant. It's hard to describe but the transition is a bit sudden. It just feels a beat off.


The finish is long with tanins and bonfire toffee.


Not quite sure what to make of this one. In many ways it is a perfectly acceptable sherry bomb. The way it goes from sweet to sour if they had got it right could have added a layer of complexity. But the transition feels a bit off, it feels a bit ragged.

This is a whisky to keep an eye on imo. I think in later batches if they get that transition from sweet to sour a bit smoother it could be a cracklng dram.

As it stands it's a decent dram with a slight off note.

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Victor commented

Thanks, @Wierdo. This release sounds like an outlier. Maybe try some other Glenallachie for contrast. This sounds quite a bit odd compared to the G & M Glenallachie 14 I've tried.

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RianC commented

Must have missed this review @Wierdo. I might crack open the sample later if I'm feeling in the right mood. I also fancy trying this head to head with the Springbank 15.

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