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OK, so I am a bit late with this bottling, but then again it is a rather special one. It was released under the Angel’s Choice label from Malts of Scotland, meaning the bottles are small (35cl) and the yield also. In case of this 39 Year Old Glenallachie, only 86 bottles were released.
Very aromatic and fruity nose on all kinds of juicy fruits like pineapple, peach, litchi, pink lady apples and Donyenné du Comice pears. The whole in drenched in soft, dark honey with a drop of coconut milk. Unpeeled potatoes? Wonderful. Heathery flowers and freshly cut grass lend it a floral touch, turning this nose into a juwel.
On the palate, the oak speaks first, rather spice, to turn wonderfully bittersweet on grapefruit and nuts. Mildly drying, but the honey makes sure everything remains sweet enough. Not as complex as the nose promised, but still a beautiful whisky. Midpalate the pears return, in great form.
The warm, medium long finish turns a tad dry and bitter, but all-in such a way that this is simply delicious.
Top dram! MoS bottled a Glenallachie 1973 (only 125 bottles) that was very, very good. This one comes rather close, but is a lot more expensive.