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15 Feb 2011

Glenallachie 1972 (Whisky Agency)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenallachie

With well over 100 distilleries here on WhiskyNotes, we’ve still not covered all of them. Glenallachie is a young distillery (founded in 1967 by Mackinlay) in the Chivas Brothers group. In 2005 a 16yo official bottling was released in the Chivas Cask Strength series. Apart from this, there are a handful of independent releases.

This Glenallachie 1972 was matured in a bourbon hogshead. There’s now a new Glenallachie 1971 from The Whisky Agency in the same Perfect Dram series.


Glenallachie 1972 Whisky AgencyGlenallachie 38 yo 1972 (49,9%, Whisky Agency 2010, The Perfect Dram VII, 102 btl.)

Nose: starts fresh and fruity with lemon and a few waxy notes. Citrus and grasses, and a few fragrant floral overtones. Cotton candy! It’s not too sweet or overly fruity though, there are hints of wet newspaper that give it an old-style charm. Even a hint of glue? Very soft spices. Nice. Mouth: oily and remarkably fizzy. Lemon peel and lime juice. Citrus candy. Lovely waxy notes. Not overly complex but very fresh, not too far from certain Lowlands distilleries. Finish: drying but still very lemony.

A nice introduction to Glenallachie. Such freshness and 38 years old, really? Still available in some places. Around € 165.

Score: 86/100

Glenallachie 1972 (Whisky Agency) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-02-15
  • http://bwhisky.free.fr/Degust.html Bpoujol

    Last year Adelphi release a very good Glenallachie : Glenallachie 36yo 1973/2010 (48.1%, Adelphi, C#1873) (Around 200€)
    Very old schoold but very pleasant. You can find comments on my link but … in french !

  • Bram

    Hi Ruben,

    In the “coming up” I saw last week a comparison of bowmore 1993’s. When are you planning to publish this. I am very curious.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    I’ll start this Saturday with the Bowmores. I have four versions distilled in the magical year 1993 (2x Whisky Agency + Thosop + Whisky-Fässle). But first onto the 600th post on Thursday!

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