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The GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask Finish Review


18th May 2021
Review of The GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask Finish.

The GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask FinishThe GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask Finish is the oldest of three inaugural bottlings in the new limited edition GlenAllachie Wine Cask series.

The 13 year single malt is the creative work of The GlenAllachie Master Distiller Billy Walker, it was inititially matured in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels before undergoing a secondary maturation in medium-toasted Spanish oak casks from Rioja, one of Spainís premier wine regions.

The GlenAllachie 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask Finish is bottled at 48% ABV, non chill filtered and naturally coloured and has a RRP of £63.99.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Icing sugar sweet heather honey infused with a lovely enticing fruitiness - a mix of apricot, orange citrus and some slightly candied red berries.

Taste: Delicious honey glazed raisin & sultanas with a side of almond fills the mouth, followed by the touch of orange citrus which has a wee bit of a candied edge, a bit of late oak and the slight touch of pepper.

Finish: The delicious sweet honeyed fruits continue for an age before bowing out to leave some lingering sugars, a little oak spice and just a thread of liquorice.

Comment: The Spanish Rioja wine has certainly added its influence to this Rioja wine cask finish Glenallachie, it is another delicious, quality easy drinking moreish dram from the creative Master Distiller, Billy Walker. All three of the whiskies released in this first instalment of Glenallachie's new Wine Cask Finish Series are very good but if I could only choose one it would be this 13 Year Old Rioja Wine Cask Finish.

SMW Score 92/100

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