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Renamed after James Allardice, the founder of the distillery, this is GlenDronach's third core range expression. Non chill filtered and with natural colour, it is probably the darkest single malt I've ever encountered. 15YO Revival is probably as dark as Allardice.
I used Godard as my movie reference with Revival, so I’ll stick with that theme. 18YO Allardice is strong and even a wee bit rough, yet very sweet and jammy. A mix of masculinity and femininity. So it's very easy to state it as Masculin Feminin. A statement, which would fit Revival as well.
This single malt is strong, rich and dark, full of sherry notes. Almost as good as Revival, which still remains as my favorite sherry matured non peated whisky so far.
Nose: Strong varnish notes at the start, with hints of oak and Demerara sugar. Dry like rum. Dark and fruity with sherry notes and sulphur. Water makes the oak notes stronger.
Taste: Very thick body. Dark sherry and some fruit candy notes. Plummy jam with cocoa. Water makes it smooth and brings up raisins and orange marmalade.
Finish: Very long aftertaste, bitter red berries and menthol. Slightly dry and syrupy. Figs and some warming spices. Water adds smoothness again, yet making the menthol notes stronger.
Balance: Good dram in balance. Sweet and strong sherry whisky. Adding water makes it better.