Seems like Glenallachie is getting quite a following lately and has succeeded in being a "up and coming" distillery, at least in my circles. Their cask strength offering has an age statement, which is a welcome surprise and something that stands out a bit given other brands' NAS core range cask strenghters (Glendronach, Glengoyne, Tamdhu, Aberlour, etc).
Zesty sherry. Winegums and apricots rather than raisins and cooked fruits. Pineapple. Lively and lovely.
Dry on the tongue. Marmalade candy. Still a lot of freshness. Sweet, very sweet.
Big, strong, peppery spice. Then cinnamon, wood spice, a bit alcohol from the hefty strength, malt and ever so slight bitterness.
Young but not unfinished. I'm glad they chose to put a minimum age on it, and I think it makes sense. Lively but not very deep or refined. Certainly full of flavor and a freshness absolutely in my taste. Might have to experiment a little with some water to open up the finish a bit more, but I'm overall more than satisfied!
86 / 100