GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Chinquapin Oak Finish

GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Chinquapin Oak Finish (48%, OB, 2020)


What they say

One of three expressions from the launch of GlenAllachie’s Virgin Oak Series, this single malt Scotch whisky has been matured for 12 years, including a stay in Chinquapin oak casks. The Chinquapin oak was sourced from the Northern Ozark region in Missouri, and was air dried for almost four years before being given a medium level toasting.

MoM tasting notes:

Nose: Fragrant orange and lemon, with a subtly savoury hint of heather growing in the background.

Palate: Butterscotch and maple syrup, with a good helping of oaky spice sneaking through also.

Finish: Slightly floral again on the finish. Caraway, brown sugar and black pepper.

What I say

Dram #2 from WOLS 2020 T8 Cask Finishes Tasting. Much sweeter in nature compared to Glenmorangie’s Cake, a few of us guessed at some kind of rum finish as there wasn’t much else to direct us in the flavour here.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Sercial Madeira (9/20), medium tears and legs.
  • Nose: Sweet, polished wood, estery, pear drops, apple, peach, banana, plenty of green and floral notes.
  • Taste: Sweet, fruity, apples, white grapes, green banana and some coconut, a touch tannic and woody.
  • Finish: Medium, Fruity and vaporous with light heather honey.


Despite another light spirit nature this had a little more wood to chew over and complimentary fruit and floral notes too.

Score 83/100

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