There is something strange going on here. This Glenallachie Dsitillery Edition bottle appeared on UK supermarket around the same time as the Glen Keith Distillery Edition at around the same price point and with the SAME PACKAGING except the name of course. I don’t know for sure but my theory is that Pernod Ricard (who owned both distilleries) wanted to release some stock of single malt from Glenallachie before they sold it off. Billy Walker has a good reputation in the scotch world, he has taken over BenRiach and GlenDronach in the past and has managed to turn their fortunes around and produce whisky of a high standard. It appears he is doing the same thing with Glenallachie as their new range of the 10, 12, 18 and 25 year old and has been well received by commentators. Lets see what this older stuff has to offer.
Whisky: Glenallachie Distillery Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%
Nose: Peppery, tea, lemon, vanilla
Taste: Some malt, grapefruit, vanilla, bitter orange, black tea
Finish: Orange bitters, grapefruit
Summary: Somewhat better than the Glen Keith Distillery Edition but still not going to grab your attention. There is a nice maltiness to this supported by light citrus notes and grapefruit sourness. There is a bitterness to this which comes in at the end. This is a simple and clean tasting malt and something that is not going to offend but also not stick in your memory. I am curious about what the new owners have chosen to release.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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