The GlenAllachie Tweet Tasting
GlenAllachie Distillery sits near Ben Rinnes (Banffshire – a lovely walk too, even with snow on the tops), the distillery itself recently opened to visitors for the first time in its 50 year history. I would say that if you are in the area, then a visit is well worth your time The Glenallachie Distillery
The line up for the evening was an introduction to the following releases:
Koval Rye Quarter Cask Wood Finish – 8 years old – 48% abv
Port Wood Finish – 10 years old – 48% abv
Pedro Ximénez Wood Finish – 12 years old – 48% abv
2006 Port Pipe – Single Cask, 10th Anniversary (selected for Ralfy.com) – 59.9% abv
Koval Rye Quarter Cask Wood Finish
This was initially aged in American oak casks, then finished in Koval Rye casks.
There is a lot of sweetness on the nose, apples, pears and spices, and a hint of wood. The palate is sweet, but slightly saccharine, this is accompanied with vanilla and spices.
Port Wood Finish
Again, this was aged in oak barrels before being finished in Port pipes for its final maturation.
The nose is lightly sweet, slight hint of nail varnish at the start… a little chocolate and red berries. Maybe a touch of vanilla? but there are red fruits again… spicy and a bit woody on the palate.
Pedro Ximénez Wood Finish
An aroma of nuts and a little fruitcake, slight mustiness. Getting a little coffee and chocolate. On the palate, not the big mouthful I’m normally used to… a little cherry, still getting a nuttiness with fruit too. A little chocolate. Slightly thin.
2006 Port Pipe – Single Cask, 10th Anniversary
There was freshness on the nose. Slight nutty influence again. Slightly citrus, spicy. Red fruits. The palate delivered cherry and woody notes. Plenty of spice, vanilla? Drying on the palate…
I think the 2006 Port Pipe pipped the others to the post, saying that the PX was pleasant too, I just think it lacked a bit of body, I do like a nice mouth full.
Thanks to Steve and the team at The GlenAllachie for the opportunity to try these.