Glenallachie 12 year old Spirit of Speyside bottling - Nose: Sweet and malty, some slightly nutty, cereal notes, butterscotch, toffee and apple with just a hint of dried fruit in the background. I found a little water brought out some more floral and orchard fruit notes.
Palate: Quite rich, honeyed and malty arrival, loads of those butterscotch and toffee notes with more green apple, almond and again some chocolate and dried fruit in the background
Finish: Medium, honey and cereal slowly give way to some darker chocolate and dried fruit notes
This bottling was released for this years Spirit of Speyside festival and at cask strength (58.9%). Just over 1000 were produced and releases in 500ml bottles and I presume refill sherry was the cask type. Its very decent and very drinkable stuff. The core range which is arriving next month is likely to be in 700ml bottles. I got to try a few of the upcoming releases and they were very promising. Glenallachie has also produced a peated spirit (55ppm) recently with the hope that it will be released as a 5 year old down the line. The new make was wonderfully complex so I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out in a few years.
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