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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Glenallachie 15 year old 1996 Signatory, casks 5233 + 5234

Monday's whisky was not diluted. Today's whisky is. It's part of Signatory's Watered Down range. It might actually be called the "Vintage Collection", but their the 43%abv semi-budget series. When window-shopping Signatories I always look past these whiskies, and perhaps that's unfair, but the UCF range is so darned good. Anyway, I think I've reviewed a couple of these Vintage Collection casks before and at least one of them was quite decent. This whiskies do stay close to the spirit......so make me a believer, Signatory.

Distillery: Glenallachie
Ownership: The Glenallachie Consortium
Region: Speyside (Aberlour)
Independent Bottler: Signatory
Age: 15 years (17 October 1996 - 18 January 2012)
Maturation: Hogsheads
Cask#: 5233 + 5234
Outturn: 798 bottles
Alcohol by Volume: 43%
(sample from Florin (a prince))

Barley, yeast and anise on the nose, followed by hints of roses and black walnuts. Little bits of peach candy and grapefruit drift through the background. Just a touch of vanilla appears after 30 minutes. The sweet and warm palate has Boston cream-filled pastries, a bit of bitter herbs, a slight grassiness. The bitterness and sweetness expands with time. The finish is lemony and grassy with pinches of sugar and salt.

This is a good spring or summer whisky, better than the Big Glenz. I also liked it more than the 12yo, 18yo and 10yo CS official Glenallachies. That's a relatively low bar, thus I'm not saying this is an awesome single malt. It's light and easily consumable without being oaky. It'll do well neat and probably result in a quality highball. It's also probably very sold out eight years later.

Availability - Sold out
Pricing - I think it was less than €40
Rating - 83

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