Glenallachie 43 years Director's Special

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Elixir Distillers
Distillery / merk
The Single Malts of Scotland - Director's Special
0.7 liter
43 years
Sherry Butt
Aantal flessen
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Only exceptional whiskies are selected by the Director to be bottled for this exclusive series from The Single Malts of Scotland. Each bottling is aged to perfection, celebrating both the classic characteristics of the distillery and the subtle changes created by time and oak.

Tasting notes:

Nose: Gunpowder smoke and dark, bitter chocolate with cured beef and balsamic vinegar glaze. Herbal notes follow, paired with thick cut orange slices cooked in red wine with cloves and cardamom. More meaty and spicy notes develop: salami, pastrami and black pepper.

Palate: Chocolate stout with citrus and cherries sit heavily on the tongue and coat the palate. Rich and creamy espresso coffee blends with walnuts, peppercorns, bittersweet navel oranges and tobacco. The flavours combine to give a bitterness akin to a perfectly made Negroni cocktail.

Finish: Cigar smoke, blood orange and toasted nutmeg.

Tasting notes by Serge Valentin ( 92 points

Angus already tried this old baby for WF a few weeks ago so we’ll do this quick, if you agree.

Colour: dark amber.

Nose: it’s some very earthy, almost mushroomy sherry, with touches of old pinot noir, quite a lot of liquorice, then rather notes of old rancioty brandy, furniture polish, chestnuts, dried figs, maraschino, crème de menthe… This is pretty fantastic, I have to say. With water: a plate of Caesar’s mushrooms with some old balsamico sauce and drops of proper 19th century PX. Early 20th century would do.

Mouth: amazing! Never too oaky, yet ridden with old pine-y balms, old-style herbal liqueurs, gentian, a touch of horseradish, black tea, walnuts… Amazing, really. With water: takes water extremely well. Many spices, embrocations, herbal teas, some bouillon, a wee touch of Bovril, blood orange juice, half a drop of artisanal raki, gentian eau-de-vie, cough syrup… Some concoction!

Finish: long and drier (naturally), creamy, still amazingly fresh despite the heavy-ish profile, and rather full of liquorices (with mint, with violets, with aniseed…)

Comments: I think Angus was right, this is rather brilliant. Give this whisky the Nobel Prize. All of them.

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