GlenAllachie 12, 2008-2021, PX Hogshead 847, 54.1% – OB for Passion for Whisky

This limited edition GlenAllachie was released a couple of months ago by Passion for Whisky, and to nobody’s surprise it sold out rather quickly. I was conscious enough to order a bottle in time, and of course it was bottle-shared.

Image from Whiskybase

I recently finished my sample and wrote tasting notes for it. Honestly, I went in a bit apprehensive. This color after only 12 years suggests that the cask has completely eradicated the spirit itself and with PX, that generaly results in a rather sweet and simple dram. Not bad, but not overly complex either.

Sniff:
It’s sweet and spicy from the start, with quite some oak influence. Slightly minty with a hint of cigars. The oak isn’t a surprise, the minty note is.

Sip:
The palate continues with the hints of cigars and dried fruits. Dates, plums, figs. Also the minty note, although it’s more menthol like now. Oak and some pepper.

Swallow:
The finish is a bit more round than the palate was. A bit more oak but also a hint of barley, mind and dried fruit.

Well, the good thing is that I really love the note of cigars and mint. I didn’t expect those and they make for a more interesting whisky to say the least. On the other hand, the cask has mostly overpowered the spirit, only the finish shows a bit of barley to me.

It still is a really good whisky, but it is a bit simple. Gorgeous color though!

86/100

By now only available in the secondary market.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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