For his latest journey, Billy Walker favoured the Glenallachie distillery for its blank canvas history. As relatively new distillery [est. 1967], virtually all of its previous output went into blends. With little previous single malt exposure and plenty of old [1970’s] stock, this was the perfect place for new beginnings, without those initial start up costs & wait.
Glenallachie 12yo  Ob. 46% WB85.46 WF81
- N: This is vibrant and youthful stuff with candy fruit action and a touch of bung cloth.
- T: It speaks youthfully once again, coming in sweet with a hint of citrus & fusty dunnage.
- F: Rings true.
- C: Decent entry level core range malt with an age statement.
Scores 82 points
Glenallachie 18yo  Ob. 46% WB86.08 WF79 Ralfy83
- N: More depth that the 12yo as you could imagine, whilst sharing similar character. More cloth bung here, just the right amount.
- T: I’m told that Glenallachie’s spirit is well known for being robust. With a relaxed yet firm delivery, it’s way juicier than the 12yo with its oak-soaked malty raisins.
- F: Chew a while,.. It’s sweet for sure with some chilli heat, liquorice and a little chalk powder.
- C: The Mannochmore-esque spirit is to my liking, but it certainly won’t rock all boats.
Scores 84 points
Glenallachie 10yo CS  Ob. 57.1% WB86.07
- N: Sweet biscuit and dry oils [whatever they are], but adding water gets those oils running. Later it’s firmly on coppery raisins [rather Mannochmore-esque once again].
- T&F: Sweet to taste [more Inchgower-like now], grainy/floury and a touch of fusty malty cereals.
- C: It’s nice to see a similar profile/character running through all three of these newly released expressions.
Scores 84 points
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