Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Berry Bros & Rudd 70cl / 60.2%
As experimental as they often are, what with dessert wine-finished rye whiskey and rum and the like, Berry Brothers still know a top class traditional Speyside dram when they see one, and this looks like another stunner: a single sherry butt of Glenallachie 2008, bottled as a 13-year-old in 2021 at its epic cask strength of 60.2%.
Glenallachie has of course been enjoying an extremely rapid rise to prominence since being taken over by Billy Walker & crew a few years back, so the likelihood is that this fine sherry cask Glenallachie 2008, which might have gone unnoticed not too long ago, will be in high demand.
Berry Bros & Rudd
Official Tasting Notes
This sherry butt shows a perfect meeting of wood and distillate.
Nose: The nose offering notes of rich toffee and dried fruit from the cask, mingling with fresh green fruit and citrus from the distillate.
Palate: The palate gives more buttery toffee, Dundee cake and bags of wood spice.
Finish: The finish is pleasantly drying, giving a lingering flavour of dates and prunes. A superlative sherry butt, ideal for sipping while contemplating life’s complexities.
Jonny McMillan Says
“Until recently Glenallachie was a fairly anonymous distillery, another Speyside lost in the crowd, that is until the esteemed Billy Walker turned his attention on it! This has caused many of us to look at Glenallachie in a new light, and I think it’s unanimously agreed that this once faceless distillery is destined to become one of the greats.”