28 August 2018

GlenAllachie 25yo

The last and by far the most expensive bottle of the new GlenAllachie core-range.

Bottled at 48% ABV and matured in American oak, Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso casks, we looked forward to tasting this 25 year old bottle. It goes for around €250, you have to be really dedicated to buy it, or do you?

Tasting notes


Warm, dried fruits, old wooden cabinet, honeyed raisins, nuts and chocolate


Rather complex, it’s fruity, woody and juicy, slightly bitter, dry fruits a slight hint of raisins, mint chocolate and cured meat


Spiced meat, cooked by grandma, nuts and apricots

It’s a very enjoyable and a more mature whisky than the 18yo. It’s old in terms of age, but it tries very hard to stay young. It’s a whisky with a midlife crisis. There’s not much fruit in there and the wooden notes are very subtle, but the other notes make it a very interesting dram.

As far as the taste is concerned, I like this more than the other 3 expressions. But does the taste justify the price? I have to be honest with you guys, for me it doesn’t. I’m not convinced enough to pay 250 euros for it.

Of course this is just the beginning of the journey of the new GlenAllachie core-range, and I’m sure it will progress over time to justify the price.

This concludes our back-to-back core-range tasting. A good beginning overall, only now they just need to polish (or rather strengthen) it further. For now, I’ll stick with the 10yo Cask Strength or the 18yo, as they made the biggest impression to me, considering both the taste and the price.