It is so refreshing to taste whiskies where it is not just the standard methods that have been used and wupti, 10-12 years after we have a whisky that tastes a bit like all the others from the same area. It’s put up very square, but I think you get my point.
At a tasting not so long ago, the program was on 8 whiskies from GlenAllachie and it was a fabulos experience. I have previously tasted GlenAllachie 12 YO – PX-Oloroso sherry, finished in Virgin Oak. It was good but not a surprising experience so I may not have looked quite as much in the direction of GlenAllachie and it has been a clear mistake.
For this tasting conducted by Peter Kjær, Lars Gregersen and guesting from Scotland was Juliette Buchan. We tasted some fantastic whiskeys, but the one that caught attention was this one, which have matured in ex-bourbon casks and got an finish of approx. 18 month in an oak that has not been used much before.
The traditions have been to use American Oak for barrels, these are primarily the Oak called “Quercus Alba”, but here they have used an Oak, for their finish, which is not very common. It is called Chinquapin Oak and the Latin name is; “Quercus Muehlenbergii” and which is not a European Oak (Quercus Robur), but a species also from the United States.
Chinquapin Own comes from an area of Missouri in the Northern Ozark region. Chinquapine is a subspecies of Quercus Alba, but it gives some other aromas to the whiskey which are more spicy than the slightly sweeter vanilla that come from Quercus Alba.
That’s what makes this GlenAllachie special and a whisky just to my mind and taste. It’s a little different, it’s exciting, it sticks out from the familiar and yet we know it as a good Speysider
It has the sweet vanilla from the first more than 10 years in regular Ex-Bourbon casks, but gets expressions of sweet licorice, orange, a little cardamom and rose hips. It has a wonderful sweet finish where the rose hips taste hangs for a while.
A wonderful whisky from the GlenAllachies Virgin Oak Series which is now on my whisky shelf. Classic and yet different, exciting. Soft and round in the taste.
𝙉𝙖𝙢𝙚: Chinquapin Oak Finish
𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨: Virgin Oak Series
𝙏𝙮𝙥𝙚: Single Malt
𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙮: Scotland – Speyside
𝘼𝙜𝙚: 12 Years old
𝘼𝙡𝙘 %: 48
𝘾𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙨: Ex-Bourbon barrels, Finished in Chinquapin for about 18 months
𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙧: Yes
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: ?
𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: September 10th 2020
𝙇𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙: Yes – 6600 bottles
𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚: about 90,- € (in Denmark)
🅼🆈 🆃🅰🆂🆃🅸🅽🅶 🅽🅾🆃🅴🆂
👃: Right at first it smells a bit traditional Speyside, but then comes sweet honey, sweet Finnish licorice, a little whipped white pepper, melon, banana, orange, soft notes of wood. Very comfortable.
👄: Full-bodied, slightly dry, rosehip, sweet licorice, cardamom, slightly prunes, mild coconut, banana, orange, strawberry, nutmeg, pear, mild spices
😋: Medium long, rosehip, cardamom, honey sweetness, soft notes of oak
𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮: 🥃🥃🥃🥃 (4/6)
Might actually be a 4.8/6 but I’m not running the od numbers 😉
🅼🆈 🆁🅰🆃🅸🅽🅶 🆂🆈🆂🆃🅴🅼
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙖 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙧
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝘼 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙛
🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 – 𝙈𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙢
🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙙 – 𝙄’𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮
🥃🥃 – 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣
🥃 – 𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙩