Let’s get it going with the GlenAllachie core line up reviews. Last week we checked out the GlenAllachie 12 Year Old (which I liked a lot) and now it’s time to check it’s close sibling, the 10 Year Old Cask Strength.
The 10 Year Old also uses a mix of Oloroso, PX and Virgin Oak casks. 12,000 bottles were produced, bottled at a 100 proof of 57.1%.
GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch #1 (57.1%, £56.95/€49.90)
Nose: Really not far away from the 12 year old. Fruity with pears and apricot, stronger bubble gum, limestone but not as a separate hard barrier but incorporated and ingrained, honey. After a few more minutes more fruits and orchard in springtime.
Palate: Big time limestone dust! Spice, pepper, bubble gum, apricot and honey. With time it’s fruitier, pears and stone fruit.
Finish: Medium length leaning short, honey, apricot and pears, gentle spiciness.
Thoughts: Basically it’s the same DNA as the 12 Year Old and it’s a good thing. The limestone and rock dust robust here and I like the way it is ingrained here. The fruitiness is also present but it’s a tad better in the 12 Year Old. Bottom line: good one but loses by a hair to the 12 Year Old.