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Allt-á-Bhainne Whisky

(70cl, 40%)


Allt-á-Bhainne Bottling Note

The first official whisky from Allt-á-Bhainne distillery, which has previously produced liquid to be used in Chivas Regal blends or the occasional independent bottling. The inspiration behind this single malt Scotch whisky was to blend peat and smoky notes with classic Speyside elements.

The bottle design attempts to honour the '70s style of the distillery with its distinctive geometric shape.

This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just get in touch!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Smoky malt and a prickle of white pepper spice blend with toffee apples, buttery pastry, a hint of heather and toasted oak.

Palate: Butterscotch, roasted apricot and honey provide sweetness among gingerbread and cinnamon spice and earthy peat.

Finish: A long finish has plenty of drying smoke and fizzing spice.

Reviews for Allt-á-Bhainne
Not bad, Not great
Received a bottle from a friend and hadn’t heard of the brand so I was curious.

Slightly smoky on the nose, nothing too stand out. On the palate it’s initially very sweet with butterscotch and a dark syrup note then you get the slight smoky and peatiness then nothing. Like others have said here it’s rather bland, I don’t get anything on the aftertaste despite noticing an oiliness which is usually accompanied by a complexity that’s missing here.

Overall not bad. If you haven’t had any experience with smoky whisky then this might be a good starting point but don’t expect to be able to indulge in it.
, United Kingdom
2 years ago
Just really, really boring.
Having a taste for Islay peated single malts (especially the slightly sweeter offerings from Bowmore), I was searching for something similar, but not from Islay, more or less to see if anything can compare to Islay. This seemed to tick all boxes. However, everything you expect from a quality peated whiskey is absent or weak. The nose is nothing to write about. The pallet was instantly forgettable, probably helped by the fact that the finish was non-existent. So, if you're looking for a failry low-cost way of imbibing alcohol while looking sophisticated, like, coz its a single-malt whiskey, this is for you. If you're looking for an experience (like so many of the Islay whiskys can provide), do not sink your money down this hole.
, United Kingdom
3 years ago
Just OK
Bought it on many good reviews but I have found it just OK.
There is a hint of smoke in the nose but the palate is a bit fuzzy.
There is a hint of butterscotch and sweetness but the bitterness in the background suggest the use of over-used bourbon casks. Not my favourite and will sit in my collection for the odd days when I don't mind drinking something anonymous.
, Australia
3 years ago
Sweet and smoky - does what it says on the bottle
Was initially suspicious but absolutely loved this malt and subsequently purchased again.
, United Kingdom
3 years ago
It’s ok, wouldn’t buy again
It’s ok, would not buy again. Seems to be trying too hard to please the crowd. The nose has a smokey hint, it’s pleasant especially if you being introduced to the smokey whisky’s, but doesn’t follow through in the palate, which is surprisingly sweet. It seems too much of a sweetness for me. The finish is long, oily but I don’t get the fizzing spice or smoke.
, United Kingdom
3 years ago
No hyphenation please!
It's "Allt a' Bhainne" and not hyphenated. Milky burn. Named after the burn that flows adjacent to the distillery. Not the prettiest distillery but great location close to Ben Rinnes. The whisky usually goes for blending and so it's great to see it being released as a single malt.
4 years ago
No smoke, no fire
I bought this when it was on offer around the £20 mark and for me that's about the right price. No hint of smoke for my unsubtle taste buds, and it didn't open up much with a splash of water. However, it did have a nice sweetish finish and wasn't a bad dram, but North of £30 I expect better than 'not bad'.
, United Kingdom
4 years ago
love smoky, love sweet, this does both well
I used to be a fan of heavily peaty, smoking whiskies and then I discovered the subtle tastes of Allt-á-Bhainne. It is easily one of my favourites. Very drinkable and satisfying for those that like the lingering peaty/smoky taste without the heaviness.
, United Kingdom
4 years ago
Nice mild peaty flavour.
Great malt whisky, good choice if it's your first peat based whisky. Not too strong but still a flavoursome drink. Fast becoming one of my favourites.
, United Kingdom
4 years ago
Very nice whiskey
4 years ago

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