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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€ 1.239,63 excl. BTW

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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 Angus MacRaild ( 91 points

Colour: rosewood.

Nose: a perfect storm of cough medicine, prune juice, very old Armagnac and various stewed fruits such as dates, figs and sultanas. There’s also an acidity-laced sweetness of old balsamic, something chocolatey like a pocket-warmed Toffee Crisp bar and plenty of lovely rancio. Many lovely notes of old wine cellars, bodegas, salty old Oloroso, cinnamon sugar and toasted fennel seeds. With water: earthier, sootier, more herbal and more of these cough medicine aspects. Hints of marmite, leaf mulch, walnut oil, hessian and some pretty old, gamey pinot noir.

Mouth: the sherry is pretty hefty, all towards mushrooms, earth, cola syrup, cherries soaked in cognac, strawberry wine, very old Madeira, expensive cured meats and very bitter dark chocolate. There are some pretty big peppery tannins but they’re just about held in check by these big dark, syrupy fruit notes and the light salinity of the sherry. With water: bigger fruits which is excellent news. Lots of jams, precious teas, jasmine, coal dust, five spice, walnut wine, natural tar extract, hardwood resins, prune eau de vie and some mineral oils.

Finish: long, leathery, herbal, full of bitter chocolate, more very old oloroso, crushed walnuts, dried mixed herbs, lemon peel and some warming espresso notes.

Comments: Touch and go at times in terms of tannin and wood influence, but a drop of water really elevates all the best aspects and dials up the complexity. A terrific old, uber-sherried Glenallachie, bottled just in time I’d say.

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