Paris Whisky Live – GlenAllachie 8 and 10 year

After being blown away by the offerings at the Gordon & MacPhail booth – both discovery & Connoisseurs Choice – we needed a wee “bread, butter & cheese” break at Paris Whisky Live. Apparently, this is a “must” to serve booze – something to soak up a bit of the alcohol. Naturally, as this was Paris everything was insanely delicious!

Fortified and ready to head back into the fray, I thought what better way to continue than GlenAllachie! Why? Aside from their producing some damn fine drams, it was also the “lure’ of briefly catching up with Juliette Buchan – who I had first met in Singapore at Whisky Live when she was with Gordon & Macphail see? Fitting.

We last met in person at Nurnberg’s The Village Whisky festival in early 2020 before everything locked down. It was such a contrast from the usual male-dominated whisky experiences to join the fabulous Sharing Angels – a diverse group of dram dames that meet up at various whisky events around Germany!

After that, things were rather quiet so I was thrilled to catch a virtual tasting of GlenAlachie whiskies with Juliette & Richard in Dec 2021 and promptly acquired a quartet which are patiently waiting for the right tasting opportunity.

On offer in Paris was a rather nice quartet:

  • GlenAllachie 8 year 46% (approx Eur 47)
  • GlenAllachie 10 year Batch 7, 56.8% (approx Eur 58)
  • GlenAllachie 12 year 46%GlenAllachie 15 year 46% – Both of which I skipped as had sampled in the virtual tasting plus have closed bottles waiting at home in Deutschland

At Juliette’s suggestion, I went straight to the 10-year cask strength which she shared was first matured in Virgin Oak before being finished in red wine casks.

  • Colour – So deep, it veered on walnut wood!
  • Nose – Forest feeling, leafy, nutty, honey-sweet, heavy dry fruits
  • Palate – Rich chocolate, flavourful, juicy, ginger – yum!
  • Finish – Sweet finish
  • Water – Opens up beautifully – fab!

There was no ignoring this dram! Full-bodied, and bursting with flavour, it was a concentrated dose of yummy goodness.

I then moved on to the 8 year which was matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry puncheons along with a small quantity of Virgin Oak casks and red wine barriques:

  • Colour – Dark bronze
  • Nose – Punchier than the 10 year, however also fresh, fruity, young and lighter
  • Palate – Soft at first then builds – think of creamy butterscotch ice cream with flecks of nuts and candied ginger
  • Finish – Here is where the sherry and wine influence is most pronounced

This one is deceptive. Particularly after the powerful 10 year cask strength, you might be tempted to consider it too “light”, however, it clearly holds its own. Great to have a chance to try it!

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