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GlenAllachie 12 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

GlenAllachie 12 Year Old

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GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Bottling Note

12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from GlenAllachie, released in mid-2018 following Billy Walker taking the reins of the distillery in 2017. This expression features whisky matured in Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso and virgin oak casks, resulting in a huge flavour profile of fruit, oak and vanilla.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Fried banana, almond, cola cubes, freshly cut oak.

Palate: Stem ginger and sultana, oily barley and buttery vanilla.

Finish: Very slightly chocolatey on the finish.

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GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Reviews


Absolutely loved this and look forward to more of the same from the genius that is Billy Walker!

6th November 2020

So enjoyable

on my 2nd bottle of this . Beautiful stuff .

5th November 2020

Good Stuff

Like previous review did not think that much of this on first tasting but after time in the bottle has become one of my favourite 12 yr olds and had to go back and get another bottle once it was dusted. Ripe baked banana and pineapple with nicely balance oak influence which balances better over time as the bottle goes down. Very tasty and enjoyable.

18th October 2020


Absolutely gorgeous, rich, sumptious & smooth as hell for 48%. Would never have expected this outcome from sherry/virgin oak combo, but it really works & tastes unique.
There are some frankly ludricrous, unjust reviews of this whisky posted here, & while i understand we are all entitled to our opinions, sometimes these can be misleading. Fortunately, we'd already had this, & a few other of the new Glenallachie bottlings. Yet to expereience a bad one, but i'm particularly fond of this, because it's lovely & excellent value.
Keep up the gooood work, Billy & co, some of us can tell you guys love yer whisky!

13th October 2020

Improves over time

Can’t remember a whisky that benefited from open-bottle time more than this one. Really didn’t care for this whisky upon first opening (especially the finish), but subsequent tastings were really quite delicious.

27th August 2020

Much better neat?!?!?

I just made a review that was after drinking it with ice at letting the non chilled filter effect of ice take course!. Was disappointed smooth but oily!. However I just tried it neat and it was much better so my review of two and a half stars has to be given another star at least if drunk neat!!!

18th August 2020

I wouldn't buy it again

Kind of disappointed non chilled filtered 46% was expecting greater things smooth for it's age. Taste oily... Then again what do you expect for that price?!

18th August 2020

Nothing special

I just finished this bottle. It warrants nothing more than ok.
I will not buy it again.

2nd August 2020

Outstanding, well done Billy Walker....

One word explains this bottling Stunning......the flavours of butterscotch, vanilla, chocolate shine through in this dram far too good to share!

1st August 2020

Virgin Oak heavy - sharp and heavy

Oak, oak, oak. A previous reviewer mentioned that it is best stuck with Chivas to make blends and I concur that. You get tons of vanilla and oak and those two notes are likely to overwhelm the rest of the experience. At 46%, it does not take too much water to make it stale and the ginger spice mentioned is in fact the alcohol burn. It will do justice if Strathisla 12 was vatted with it.

4th March 2020

Off putting oak/wood taste

I had a similar experience of that of a previous reviewer. I tried GlenAlachie for the first time in the fall of 2019, after viewing one of Ralphy's reviews recommending it. That first bottle was very fruity. However, I tried it again on March 2020 and it had a very strong wood/oak flavor that was off putting. I don't think I will buy it again.

3rd March 2020

Good not great

Went to a tasting event and tried a bunch of GlenAllachie's - I thought this one was pretty good, bold flavours,big impact, but a peppery/oaky note on the finish which I found overwhelmed the palate slightly. It's a good whisky, worth trying, but not a 5* whisky for me.

10th January 2020

Lovely Stuff

huge fan of the new developing glenallachie, especially this 12yo, which is fantastic value for money.

18th December 2019

Not even close

I hate that virgin oak taste, why they use it??? And no Ralphy, this is not the ‘Whisky of the year’ imho this distillery should remain in the Chivas beholding, really nothing special, a blend stuff,and nothing more.

5th December 2019

This will be a classic.

Stunning.ticks all the boxes.

1st November 2019

It was amazing

Enjoyed all neat

11th June 2019


Unpretentious, laid-back, genuine. these buzzwords goes together with this whisky for what its for.

Nose: hay, vanilla, honey notes appear with water, banana, under ripe honeydew, hint of herbal tea, dried plum in the back ground. reminds me of Tomintoul.

Palate: young with vigor, fresh, quite oily, oaky, bitternote, ginger

Finish: oaky, coffee bean, medium length.

Good value for money but not for people who like their drams sweet imo.

29th January 2019

Nothing special and far from sublime

An easy enough drinking sherried whisky but not a patch on the Glendronach 12 which is a cheaper and a far superior whisky. My advice is to go for the Glendronach 12 unless you find the Glenallachie with at least £10 off its price tag

30th September 2018

Better than I thought at first

As my title suggests, when I first opened my bottle and tried this whisky, I was not impressed: it seemed very ordinary and at £41 for a 12yo, I felt a bit cheated. However, as I worked my way down the bottle over a period of weeks, I came to appreciate that this is a very good dram and well worth taking the time with it. As the previous reviewer says - 46% and ncf and no added colour always makes for a better whisky.

24th September 2018


Butterscotch, mazipan, raisins, mocha, honey.

The good bourbon, oloroso and px cask maturation really makes for a complex exotic and rewarding dram.

Bottled at 46% non-chillfiltered and non-coloured, as a whisky connoisseur I am sold.

This is such a great scotch it reminds me of the quality of 2012 Glendronach 12 when Billy Walker had rebooted that distillery.
He sold it to buy this one Glenallachie now he's the boss and you can really taste that quality he brought to Glendronach in the Glenallachie substance.

This is beautiful scotch and honest.

20th July 2018

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