Glenallachie 35 Year Old
70cl / 46.9%
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Speciality Drinks Ltd
A full-on first-fill sherried Glenallachie bursting with spices and fruitcake but balanced with soft leather, tobacco and mocha notes, meaning it never goes over the top into cloying sweetness. Sherryheads will go weak at the knees for this one, which recently topped the overall list on whisky-distilleries.info's tasting sessions, where it earned a top score of 93 points and 21 out of the 24 panel members scored it 85 points or higher.
Glenallachie 35 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by Jean-Marie Putz (whisky-distilleries.info)
A very rich nose made from a mixture of sherry and nice coffee notes. Very nice complexity while maintaining a remarkable balance. The nose is a rare quality.
The palate is fresher and more diverse than the nose. The original notes of sherry add a nice fresh acidity that evolves constantly going from notes marked by coffee at others showing a nice acid freshness (balsamic vinegar). Some very subtle oak notes.
A beautiful mouth.
Beautiful finish. Long, cool. Nice notes of sherry, nice complexity, a delicate wood notes embellish the final complex and extremely pleasant. 93 Points
Tasting Notes by Tim F
Nose: A classic big sherry nose – big marzipan, some soft leather, almost rancio aromas, cedar, tobacco, crushed brazilnuts, hint of balsamico. Develops some fresh herby aromas.
Palate: Very woody – but what great wood! Polished church pews, varnish, some cedar from the nose, strong bitter marmalade. Clearly an epic sherry cask. Becomes more orangey with water, with hints of dark stone fruits (damson, plum).
Finish: Enormous: sweet flavour but drying mouthfeel; tannic - refuses to let go of the tastebuds.
Tasting notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)
A bottling done by the good folks behind The Whisky Exchange.
Nose: it’s not an exceptionally monstrous sherry but some sherry there is, as it starts all on notes of old red wine, balsamic vinegar (only touches) and ‘new’ leather. It’s actually close to sherry as such and far from chocolate, prunes and jams if you see what I mean. Whiffs of old wine cellar, saltpetre, flints, touches of farmyard, horse saddle, oyster sauce, game… Isn’t all that a bit like a 1934 Chambertin? ;-). Also a lot of cigarette tobacco (newly opened pack of, say Camels?)
Mouth: yes, indeed, an old wine! Some rancio like in some old cognacs, prunes this time, milk chocolate, quinces, cherries, coffee and that leatheriness that’s not too far from matches and gunflints but that’s not, well, that thing very en vogue at some writers’ if you say what I mean. What’s sure is that I like these notes.
Finish: rather long, perfectly balanced, which isn’t always the case with these old sherry-infused malts. Cpffee, cherry jam and a little capsicum in the aftertaste. Comments: no schmaltz at all, and no sulp…y old sherry monster either. Recommended. SGP:552 - 90 points.
3 Customer Reviews
A Sherryhead's ultimate dream come true: Glenallachie 35 Year Old - Sherry Cask is unarguably the best value Speyside there is. Moreover, it is amongst the most affordable 35 YO category, without chill filtration and/or coloring. Fabulous dram! Discontinued bottle, so I shall stock!
a magnificant whisky @ this reasonable price...simply brilliant,hard to find another one which can match this @ this price,
A Sherryheads delight, the tasting notes describe it to perfection, one of the best I have had the pleasure of, must be in the top ten.