Glenallachie

Glenallachie 9 Years Old 2008 107.13 Andalusian Gazpacho (65%, SMWS, Refill Oloroso Butt, 624 Bottles, 2018)

SMWS 107.13 Andalusian Gazpacho

Whisky Review

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What they say

Cask No. 107.13: Andalusian gazpacho is from an ex-oloroso butt and is a great example of our Spicy & Dry flavour profile. With its full-term maturation It has a big sherry influence and at 65% abv it has a real weight to it.

Official tasting notes:

  • First we noticed the bright golden autumn reddish/brown leaf colour before the engrossing scent of an Andalusian gazpacho followed by Moroccan beef stew with figs, almonds, dried fruits, olives and plenty of red wine made us all lick our lips to try it. Big, chewy and meaty like a pot-roasted beef with prunes and balsamic vinegar served with basil and pine nuts garnished gnocchi. Water added that ‘Christmassy feel’ of mince pies with orange and almond pastry as well as chocolate covered raisins, whilst the taste was that of rich coffee and date walnut cake and in the finish, orange and honey glazed dry roasted macadamia nuts.

What I say

One of a pair of bottlings released for the Spirit of Speyside Festival 2018 by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Only the 13th cask bottled from Glenallachie (distillery #107), this was distilled on 26th August 2008 and matured for 9 years in a refill ex-Oloroso Sherry butt before bottling at 65% ABV, producing 624 bottles.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Russet amber gold / Australian muscat (12/20), medium-large tears leave medium legs
  • Nose: Toffee apple and spun sugar, quite closed, like polished toffee, slightly savoury, dried fig, leather, beef jerky, ground almond, cumin, dusty and sweet, cinnamon pastries, tangerine, barley malt
  • Taste: Flavour-packed, orange oil and golden syrup mixed, nectarine, marmalade, some cinnamon, leathery tannins, more ground almonds, beef, sweet potato and almond korma, creamy highland toffee, orange barley sugars, water brings out tobacco leaf and spice
  • Finish: Long, sweet and slightly savoury, toffee, chocolate fruit and nut bars

Overall

Sweet and spiced cured meat, followed by more sweet dried fruit, nut and tannin from the cask before the malt is included. Plenty of staying power and takes water well. I much preferred this one reduced but then 65% is a challenge.

Score: 87/100

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