Douglas McGibbon Allt-A-Bhannie Tasting Notes

Posted: October 22, 2011 in Allt-A-Bhannie, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Allt-A-Bhannie 2000 (11 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV0734/ Dist Jan 2000 Btl: Oct 2011/ Tasted: Oct 2011

A lightly spiced, herbal and grassy nose with some crisp fruit, honey and exceedingly subtle sherry notes. The palate is a bit on the sweet and toffee’d side but there is enough grassy, citrus fruit to offset. Slightly winey with some nutty sherry notes on the middle and a long, warming finish with hints of moist fruit cake. All in all a very pleasant Spey with a good integration of spirit and cask.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Allt-a-Bhainne 2000 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/Code: PRV0942/Dist: Jul 2000 Btl: Nov 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

A pungent nose of lightly oiled cereal, oat cakes and herbal bran flakes. With time there is some pleasant honey and biscuit spice (get the theme?!). It’s almost water-white in colour, which gives a clue to how little an impression the oak has made on it. 

The palate is soft and again quite cereally with baked apple, light honey and a light vanilla note. Gently spiced middle, medium length with a touch of barley and buscuity notes.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Allt-A-Bhainne 2000 (12 year old) 46%

Sherry (?)/ Code: PRV0970/ Dist: Jul 2000 Btl: May 2013/ Tasted: June 2013

An exuberantly juicy nose of orange, satsuma and buckets of honey and spice along with a touch of creamy oak and late floral notes. A lovely intensity and very impressive for Allt-A-Bhainne. 

The palate opens quite sweetly with juicy orange and satsuma, plus golden syrup coated barley. It opens into a lovely warm, spicy middle followed by a touch of light honey, warm vanilla and grass. Good length with a very mineral finish, which is balanced by some late, granulated sugar notes.

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