Hunter Laing Glenallachie Tasting Notes

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Glenallachie, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenallachie 1995? (21 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ Code: OMC2634/ Dist: 1995? Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is quite subtle with crunchy, sugar coated nectarine, orange and barley. Hints of fragrant honey follow. The aromas freshen when the lime notes appear. With time the charred oak comes through along with hints of liquorice and spice.

The palate has a grater intensity of sugar coated nectarine, orange and barley, along with straw and an underlying, mature fruit character. Gently mineral on the middle with a touch of liquorice root and malt. Medium length and a little dry, austere and grainy on the finish but the liquorice note lingers as do the sugars. I have to say for a Glenallachie it’s pretty impressive.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenallachie 1992 (24 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2551/ Dist: Feb 1992 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Dusty barley and pollen heavy flowers to begin with on the nose, followed by hints of tropical apricot and pineapple. With time some brittle honey and hard, slightly industrial barley appears but the luscious fruit and vanilla oak soften.

The palate opens with subtly sweet barley, apricot and drying, slightly coffee’d tannins. Hints of baked apple and wood spice on the middle. Pleasantly mature with a long, dusty and peppery spice and cardamom finish with a little bittering oak.

 


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glenallachie 2007? (9 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0022/ Tasted: May 2014

An oily, youthful, pungent nose with hints of pepper, chicory and fennel. A little ‘off the still’ aroma with fragrant barley and dense, lumpen toffee.

The palate opens with plenty of oily toffee/ caramel oak. Hints of Turkish delight and sweet barley. A crisp, cleansing, citrus note comes through to balance the oak. The oak does bitter the finish a little but it’s pleasant enough.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glenallachie 2005 (9 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0068/ Dist: Mar 2005 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

A nose of toasted, slightly singed toffee and lightly herbal grain spirit-like notes. A touch of hard barley appears, as does a little honey which attempts to inject some balancing sweetness.

Lightly burnt toffee and hard barley to begin with on the palate, followed by hard spices and mineral notes. The finish is a tad austere with some lingering rye-like herbs and a light earthy/ coffee’d after-taste.

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