The GlenAllachie 10YO CS happened by chance. In 2017, whilst reviewing stock from 2007 and 2008, Master Distiller Billy Walker was so delighted by the balance & depth of the samples he tried, that he decided to add a younger expression to the core range. The fourth batch of which was awarded ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards 2021.
Batch 6 was released in 2021, Batch 6 was limited to 39,000 bottles, is NCF, NC & matured in not just PX & Oloroso sherry casks, but also Rioja barriques and virgin oak casks.
Appearance: Deep rich oak, intensely inviting! A thick corrugated film, made up of medium/thick legs and an intricate necklace off a swirl mark, consisting of many tiny beads
Nose: The ABV is immediately obvious (and lovely!). Plum jam, Strawberry jam. Jam Jam Jam. Forest floor earthiness, Halls blackcurrant Soothers and a slight funk! Fresh cut grass and back of the hand skin smell (I stand by this note!)
Palate: The mouthfeel on this is like syrup, LOVELY! THose jam notes from the nose translate and increase on the palate. Christmas spiced chutney, chocolate, cherry cheesecake and a spicy kick in the throat. The herbal qualities that were hidden, at first, by the sweetness and spices, start to emerge after some acclimation and time. It’s also quite numbing on the palate (probably the ABV!).
Finish: The finish is the strawberry and Christmas spices jam, black pepper and damp autumnal fallen leaves.
Overall: It’s like drinking spiced jam. Love it.