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.
Thanks for the input Rantavahti. The car comparison was amusing. Have had pretty good experience with Volvo in a road trip from Toronto to Montreal. Anyway I have had a fair sized dram of Macallan 18 from a friend back in the day when I had little experience and it was great for me. Anyway his bottle was stolen and the restaurants and whisky bars want to charge like $50 for one shot so quite hesitant to pay that much.
Multiedit currently been spending a fair bit on whisky and come from humble beginnings so Macallan 18 bottle would be a bit of splurge. As mentioned by others I could split the price with friends or sell them at cost a shot.The best price I have seen comes to about $300 Cdn and have to use an American connection. Need to network more in my area because I know have a couple bottles that very trade worthy. Wish we could trade as easily as Europe in Canada or even have access to Master of Malt. Our government must make a fair from alcohol tax and don't want to give up their monopoly. I know in Russia their liquor taxes make quite a bit for their government. Anyway seriously off subject.
To sum it up, if I can acquire couple more Revivals for decent price I will. They are a rare breed in BC. Have family on the east coast, but have used them recently quite a bit and they are slightly concerned with my spending on alcohol. Jokes!! The difference between Revival as pointed out by Multiedit is almost double.
I know this is just a matter of taste, but seems to me that Macallan has a big brand image. Kinda like being Volvo of whiskies (Volvo's brand image = safest car in the world, even though it may not be the reality). Was Macallan great in the beginning of 2000 and in the 90's and before that, but nowadays just making mediocre whisky? Maybe I should revisit some Macallans again (stopped trying them when I just didn't find anything great about 'em). And I have tried their age stated whiskies from the pre-NAS era so that can't be the reason for my bad Macallan experiences...