Review: Torabhaig Allt Gleann – The Legacy Series 2nd Edition

Review: Torabhaig Allt Gleann – The Legacy Series 2nd Edition

Last summer, we took our first look at a single malt from Torabhaig Distillery, the first new distillery on the Isle of Skye in almost two centuries. That initial dram, Legacy 1, showed considerable promise, especially given its relative youth at just four years of age. According to the distillery, there will be three additional expressions under the Legacy Series label, all of which are intended to showcase the evolution of their distinctive signature style, something they describe as “Well-Tempered Peat.” The second offering in the Legacy Series, dubbed Allt Gleann, was bottled in July of 2021 from small batches of no more than 30 casks (the inaugural release was a bit less discerning at 100 casks). While there’s no specific information as to the age of this sequel, it is reportedly drawn from casks laid down in 2017 and 2018, suggesting a slightly more youthful composition than Legacy 1. Let’s check it out.

The aroma is again noticeably peat-driven but with less iodine and more ashy smoke, sweet and mildly barbecued. The fruit remains lurking underneath it all with the bananas having ripened somewhat and added to a lovely pudding, complete with Nilla Wafers. On the palate, that initial smoke is still well-restrained with subtle matchheads, kelp, and kippers that turns sweet and fruity rather quickly. Those elements still don’t come across as “legendary,” as the initial literature advertised, but there’s something impressively bold about them in such a youthful single malt. Notes of buttery banana tart, apple pie filling, and white peaches give a decadent dessert quality, if only briefly, to the mid-palate before the smoke arrives again on the finish and rolls somewhat abruptly over it all. Still impressive and showing tremendous promise.

92 proof.

B+ / $70 / torabhaig.com [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]

Torabhaig Allt Gleann - The Legacy Series 2nd Edition

$70
8.5

Rating

8.5/10

Drew Beard is assistant editor for Drinkhacker and winner of several booze-related merit badges, including Certified Specialist in Spirits and Executive Bourbon Steward. A former federal employee turned hotelier and spirits journalist, he looks forward to his next midlife crisis.

1 Comment

  1. JDCD on September 8, 2023 at 6:40 am

    Man oh man am I happy now I got this for $48 from my local Total Wine. They put these out on sale because they were not moving at all at the $70 price range. I wonder now if it is worth stocking up on.

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