GlenAllachie 12 Year Old Spanish Oak Finish

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


What they say

One of three whiskies released by GlenAllachie for its Virgin Oak Series in late 2020, this one having enjoyed a finishing period in Spanish oak casks. Specifically, the oak was sourced from the Cantabrian Mountains in Northern Spain, and was air dried for around 18 months before the casks were filled. The whisky was bottled up at 12 years of age, with an ABV of 48%.

MoM tasting notes:

Nose: Coconut ice, honeycomb and fresh orange, shortly followed by some ginger warmth.

Palate: Ginger continues, now with cinnamon and white pepper in tow. Spicy notes are mellowed by waves of chocolate and milky coffee.

Finish: Nutmeg and coffee again on the finish.

What I say

Dram #4 from WOLS 2020 T8 Cask Finishes Tasting. And the Spanish oak…

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Amontillado (10/20), medium tears and legs.
  • Nose: Woody oak, pencil shavings, carpenters shop with both fresh and re-worked old oak wood, again a touch vinegary and spicy, fresh root ginger, waxy orange zest and coconut.
  • Taste: Sweet and malty, tannic oak wood, quite peppery, cracked black peppercorns, cinnamon and nutmeg, dry pencil shavings, ginger and hints of milk chocolate.
  • Finish: Long, spiced and sweet, cinnamon and nutmeg infused maple syrup.


Another quiet woody expression and not too dissimilar to the previous French oak edition with a touch more wood spices added here.

Score 82/100

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