Chris tasted a bevy of age-stated GlenAllachie expressions back in 2020 when the brand had just begun popping up on U.S. liquor store shelves. The 10 year old, the only cask strength expression in the core range, wasn’t exactly the star of the show at the time, but six iterations later, we’ve been given the chance to sample a new installment. This 10-year single malt has been aged in a combination of Pedro Ximenez and oloroso puncheons with a small amount of virgin oak and Rioja casks thrown in for good measure. Let’s give it a go, shall we?
The aroma is perhaps not as bold as the first release, but there’s still a healthy amount of alcohol to accompany notes of rich, silky nougatine, baking cocoa, and sweet porridge. The cask aging comes through more prominently with currants, black cherry, and dark berries adding considerably more complexity than our first experience. On the palate, this whisky is surprisingly approachable for cask strength, offering up a well-balanced blend of sweet dark fruit and earthy malts. The fruit component runs the gamut here from bright, juicy plums to raisins and more sultry compotes and pie filling. Despite that complexity it’s not a dominating element of the experience, mingling well with honeyed malts, barrel char, and some baking spice, all coalescing into a remarkably gentle and warming finish to create an altogether enjoyable and engaging whisky.
A- / $80 / theglenallachie.com