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The GlenAllachie 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 4


5th October 2023
A double Cask Strength release from The GlenAllachie distillery, 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 4 and 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 10.

The GlenAllachie 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 4The GlenAllachie has unveiled the fourth instalment of one of its long-standing core range expressions, The GlenAllachie 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 4 Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This latest limited batch comprises of only 2,000 bottles and is priced at £306 in the UK, it follows in the footsteps of its well-received and highly sought-after predecessors in the annual release series.

This rare GlenAllachie 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 4 is the result of a marriage of single malt aged exclusively in three vintage Pedro Ximénez Sherry puncheons from Jerez, Spain. Each cask was meticulously hand-picked by the esteemed whisky craftsman, Billy Walker, renowned for his five decades of experience in the industry and his remarkable expertise in wood management and sensory discernment.

Chosen from the extensive inventory of over 50,000 casks at the independent Speyside-based distillery, the Spanish Sherry wood is said to have bestowed upon this whisky a complex flavour profile that complements The GlenAllachie's distinctive heather honey character.

This antique auburn-hued liquid is described as offering a sophisticated blend of clementine zest, cocoa-drenched tiramisu, dark cherries, and sticky Medjool dates.

The whisky is elegantly presented in a luxurious pine green gift box adorned with gold foil accents. It has been bottled at its natural cask strength of 51.1% ABV, featuring its natural colour and remaining non chill filtered.

The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 10In conjunction with this release, The GlenAllachie is also introducing the latest iteration of its award-winning ten-year-old bottling: The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 10. This tenth release, priced at £71 in the UK, is said to boast a robust 58.6% ABV and has been matured in Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso, red wine, and American virgin oak casks, which the distillery says has resulted in a whisky with layers of ripe figs, roasted coffee, and citrus peel.

The launches follow last week’s announcement of the distillery’s new peated single malt brand,
Meikle Tòir, which comprises four expressions, each aged for five years: The Original, The Sherry One, The Chinquapin One and The Turbo.

Both The GlenAllachie 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 4 (UK RRSP £306) and The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 10 (UK RRSP £71) will be available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange, and Master of Malt
 

The GlenAllachie 21 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 4 Review


Bottled at 51.1% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Waves of clementine zest, raisins and honeycomb, with cocoa, fruit cake and caramelised brown sugar.

Taste: Bursts of baking spices, rich chocolate and heather honey, followed by treacle, orchard fruits and black cherries, with sweetened espresso on the finish.
 

The GlenAllachie 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 10 Review


Bottled at 58.6% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Waves of honeycomb, orange zest and treacle, with fig syrup, mocha and poached orchard fruits, followed by cinnamon and butterscotch.

Taste: Lashings of cocoa, heather honey and baking spices, followed by dried red berries and Black Forest gâteau, with maraschino cherries and anise on the finish.
 

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