The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old

The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 46%)


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Single Malt Spirit, Sherry and virgin oak casks, and a dozen years in the Highlands equals magic.

The GlenAllachie Distillery sits on the Aberlour stream near where it empties into the River Spey. It was built there — less than a mile from the more famous Aberlour Distillery at the base of Ben Rinnes — in 1967 to produce Spirit for Scotch blends. It has been purchased, sold, mothballed, and opened again no fewer than four times since then. But in 2017, Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson, and Trisha Savage merged a few Whiskey brands and this under-utilized distiller gem to form The GlenAllachie Distillers Company Limited — now with a new core range of four Single Malt Whiskies in the Speyside style.

Twelve years is one of those Whisky-making sweet-spots. Single Malts just taste darn good when they’ve been left to rest for a dozen years. Why? Perhaps only the angels know for sure. What I can tell you is that The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old is their signature Single Malt Spirit aged twelve years — some of it in Pedro Ximénez casks, some of it in Oloroso casks, and the rest of it in virgin oak. The result is a big flavor profile leaning on vanilla and dried sultanas.

Flavor Spiral™

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floral
banana
butterscotch
almonds
vanilla
milk chocolate
cocoa
milk
honey
What does The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in The GlenAllachie 12 Year Old and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is all about vanilla, butterscotch, and cocoa.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate big, featuring sultanas, bananas foster, almond paste, and butterscotch.

Finish
The finish is creamy with a dash of milk chocolate and almonds.

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Ratings & Reviews
NATHAN
NATHAN,
Rich and dark with plenty of butterscotch. Very good
 
Keith
Keith,
Superior smoothness. A bit sweet but not cloying. Has nice layers of flavor. One to keep around for sure.
 
Scott
Scott,
I liked this as an after dinner scotch. Maybe a good pairing for a dessert with caramel, sticky toffee pudding perhaps.
 
CHRISTOPHER
CHRISTOPHER,
Quite smooth with notes of floral, vanilla, and honey. The finish is short with a nice combination of vanilla, honey, and subtle spice. A very easy Scotch to drink.
 
Nathaniel
Nathaniel,
Enjoyable, smoother finish than I expected for its peaty/smokey nose.
 
Nathaniel
Nathaniel,
There's some smoke, but it's really harsh.
 
Michael
Michael,
Sweet flavor throughout
 
Angela
Angela,
I didn’t think I’d like the banana the flavor spiral warned about, but I am absolutely thrilled to have been wrong. This one was a lovely experience.
 
Margaret
Margaret,
Smooth to drink, could definitely see myself adding this to my rotation
 
John
John,
Taste stuff. Novice at scotch but learning
 
Victor
Victor,
Almond and coco comes through strong. Delicious and easy sipper.
 
guest
guest,
Sweet. Not manly
 
Dennis
Dennis,
In the tasting box. Smooth
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Smooth and milky on the tongue. Cadbury chocolate and a little spice. Pretty good but not my favorite
 
Fuad
Fuad,
Too sweet for me. Color on the darker side and good smell
 
Ron
Ron,
Good not great. Too much butterscotch
 
Drew
Drew,
Not sure about any highland taste, I don’t get any that. It’s very strange, smells like a bourbon, starts like an Irish, and then tries to end like a scotch but doesn’t fit in either category.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Color is a medium brown, almost auburn; smell is very sweet with a slight mixture of oak, vanilla, and a nuttiness; taste adds a floral note and the smokiness comes out a bit more; the finish is fairly smooth. Overall a very well-balanced taste with a smell that lures you in and a finish that doesn't disappoint.
 
Mark
Mark,
Pours a rich bourbony brown; smells crazy sweet, chocolate chip cookies in the oven; taste caramel, banana, clove, vanilla, maple; dates and raisin; no smoke, no heat;
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very floral and smooth. Very good
 
Steven
Steven,
I appreciate being able to taste many of the flavors in the spiral, particularly the banana.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
Surprisingly good.
 
Travis
Travis,
The nose makes you not want to wait another second before drinking it. Good flavor and a spicy butter cling at the end
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Very smooth and flavorful. I'm just an average guy, not a high class reviewer. It was gud.
 
guest
guest,
Full body. Oak-floral-banana. Solid finish with wisps of cocoa and honey.
 
Michael
Michael,
Very smooth with great flavor
 
Charles
Charles,
My favorite of the 2020 Christmas Advent Calendar. Smooth with a delightful fruit flavor.
 
Todd
Todd,
Smooth, a bit sweet, with hints of spice
 
Gabriela
Gabriela,
Smooth, floral, easy on the palate.
 
Maryjo
Maryjo,
Nice dark amber color. Good nose and smooth. tastes of butterscotch.
 
ALEXIS
ALEXIS,
Good overall.
 
Dan
Dan,
This is one of my favorites
 
Russell
Russell,
After two well-spaced and well savored sips, you'll soon be in love with your new favorite scotch.
 
Kason
Kason,
Sweet and smooth
 
Tom
Tom,
Very nice flavors. I really enjoyed this one and will probably grab a bottle.
 
Westberg
Westberg,
a good choice for the Advent calendar
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Delicious and smooth
 
Eric
Eric,
L
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Fuzzy wam mouth feel
 
Mike
Mike,
Really nice, tasty scotch. This is one of the few times I really didn’t get the flavor spiral, as I don’t taste banana or floral at all. Maybe the vanilla and butterscotch are dominating, which is fine by me, because I don’t dig bananas at all.
 
CATHLEEN
CATHLEEN,
Very smooth, got the butterscotch and vanilla. mild for a single malt.
 
Chris
Chris,
Smells like a 10, tastes like a 7
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Advent #7. Able to pick up some flavors but mostly heat/burn. Not for me.
 
Tod
Tod,
This is ... fun? Kind of a kitchen sink but I like most of what's in it. Lotta body and sweetness to balance out the floral stuff.
 
Marc
Marc,
Smooth going down, great taste, morning was awful, I am such a light weight.
 
Peter
Peter,
Smooth and tasty. Nice spice, not too sweet.
 
Justin
Justin,
Very tasty!
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Butterscotch all the way. Definitely almonds and chocolate as well. Would highly recommend buying this
 
Tommy
Tommy,
Advent calendar. Not a scotch drinker, sorry. I'm more on the sweet end.
 
Augustine
Augustine,
Banana and honey nose with flavor full enough for the bourbon/rye drinkers. Full flavored and lasting creamy finish. Pretty complex and gets better with each sip. Reminds me of Highland Park 18. Solid drink - 8.5/10.
 
David
David,
Vanilla with nice floral tones. A bit strong
 
Sean
Sean,
That’s just a solid scotch. Easy sipping, like an all day every day kinda whiskey. Though, that would kind of be unhealthy in the long run, so not recommending you drink this all day, every day. But, you could.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
Slight floral nose with hidden chocolate
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Fruity and flavorful. Noticeable banana flavor, which I did not expect to like. But it comes off as well balanced and mildly sweet.
 
Jason
Jason,
Floral, a bit of peat. Smooth but long burn at the end.
 
Levi
Levi,
A bit of an oily aftertaste, but otherwise great scotch.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Tasty smooth boy, creamy with chocolate and honey. Some banana, very sweet. This ones solid
 
Terry
Terry,
Advent calendar. Just not a scotch guy. Strong nose. Strong bite. Sorry guys
 
Adam
Adam,
I thought this was peated. Definitely feel the bite but it's a good bite. While i was going through my calendar spirits this one stood out 7 out of 25. So amazing flavor and kudos for these guy.
 
Todd
Todd,
Floral on the nose, but the banana and butterscotch on the palate. Enhanced with water. Best of the advent calendar so far.
 
Liam
Liam,
Fairly strong bite, dark flavor with a smooth finish
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I wish I had a bottle of this rather than a vial. Milk and honey on the nose. Pleasantly oily, with a lot of complexity to the body. My initial thought was a blend, with at least some PX casks in the mix, so it was unsurprising they aged in several cask types. The creaminess carries through the finish, along with a lingering floral cocoa note, vanllia and a hint of spice. Almost like the lingering taste of a steamed cocoa topped with cream and a fresh grating of spice. Just a really friendly pour.
 
Adam
Adam,
This is glorious! Nice floral notes on the nose and up front, smooth and creamy finish with a rich honey finish. My favorite of the 2020 Advent so far.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Good scotch. I got a bit too much floral but I liked the floral notes more in this than I normally have in others
 
Ben
Ben,
Vanilla, sweet
 
Tracy
Tracy,
Smooth, not too sweet not too spicy - I mostly noticed the butterscotch, banana, and chocolate notes. Overall great!
 
Paul
Paul,
Wow. Chocolate, cream, and spice.
 
Michael
Michael,
Strong chocolate flavor. Excellent, highly recommend.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Fantastic! Sweet, smooth, easy to drink. Got more of the sweet butterscotch, chocolate, and honey on the palate, with the stronger floral notes more in the nose than the mouth. Medium finish. Absolutely adding to my list for the home bar.
 
James
James,
Advent Day 7, 2020. By far, my favorite Advent taster thus far. Caramel-vanilla up front with a hint of cocoa on the finish. Nicely balanced and smooth for a 12 year.
 
Scott
Scott,
Advent #7 - Smooth and approachable. Nice nose. Well balanced. Will certainly add a bottle to my bar.
 
Kent
Kent,
My personal front runner after 1 week of the 2020 Advent calendar.
 
Jason
Jason,
Sweet vanilla/butterscotch balanced with some floral notes. Butterscotch seems to dominate on the nose for me. Smooth and balanced throughout. I’d definitely drink this one again.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
I am in love. I was intimidated by the idea of floral, but witht he vanilla, butterscotch, and honey notes, it tastes to me like nectar, but with enough spice on the end and such a great mouthfeel that it never turns to cloying. Personally, this is exactly what I look for in a scotch.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Advent Day 7 - Butterscotch dominates from nose to finish. Hints of vanilla, some floral and nutty notes.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Very good. Smooth and sweet, with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Not my preferred style, but solid.
 
Mike
Mike,
Nutty, sweet, and earthy. Very smooth and enjoyable.
 
Derek
Derek,
Predominantly banana and vanilla on both the nose and palate, with subtle floral and butterscotch tones to round it out. Get the slightest hint of milk after a few sips too. Pretty smooth and remarkably well-balanced between all those flavors. I tend to lean toward smokier, less fruity Scotches, so this isn’t really my normal style, but you can tell that it’s good quality.
 
Mark
Mark,
Smooth sweet taste with a hint of butterscotch. I would drink this again
 
Bob
Bob,
I got this in my Flaviar Advent Sampler and it's my favorite so far. Definite butterscotch in the aroma, and you can taste the butterscotch, floral, almond, and vanilla. I'd definitely buy a bottle of this if it was available. I've added it to my wishlist.
 
Louise
Louise,
A lighter smoky flavor than your typical single-malt scotch. Fruit and caramel—butterscotch.
 
Julie
Julie,
Complex, unique, and packs a bit of a punch. I've had several bourbons that have a banana note, but this was the first scotch I've tasted with it. The flavors are well balanced, pretty enjoyable overall.
 
Frank
Frank,
(Advent 2020, #7) Nice butterscotch in the nose. Flavors of butterscotch continue, with some sweetness and a nice finish. Enjoyable.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Nutty butterscotch
 
Michele
Michele,
Spicy but delicious. I get a hint of chocolate on the finish and butterscotch on the nose.
 
Kris
Kris,
Nice bronze color to it. Rich with chocolate and dried fruit on the nose as well as some banana towards the end. Lots of flavor and all of it good, ultimately a very good dram!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
The bite is pretty strong but fades into the cocoa notes. I prefer a smoother Scotch
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Sweet start but a strong burn and fast aftertaste hold it back
 
Paul
Paul,
Light oak and caramel scent. Smooth taste with hints of vanilla and caramel.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
I like the butterscotch taste
 
Jim
Jim,
Smooth
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Advent 2020 #7 - slightly sweet with a smokey/peaty/spicy overtone. Bite is a bit harsh but not unbearable.
 
Alejandro
Alejandro,
Great aroma. Smooth and Sweet flavor, you can really taste the banana and vanilla.
 
brad
brad,
Took about 1/3 of a bottle, but the more I drink this one, the more I appreciate it. Not too aggressive, but I get a lot of flavor through the nose (if that makes sense). On the palate, I get banana and also the almond, but more almond skin than the meat. Very complex. Has a sweetness on the finish that I like. Will definitely be buying another bottle in the future.
 
Seth
Seth,
Creamy textured, very smooth, big sherry notes.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
I found this to have too bitter of a taste. I felt like it was more like jet fuel than liquor.
Jonathan
Jonathan,
My apologies, but I had a problem with my sample, and Flaviar has fixed it.
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, complex, Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a fruity life leads to a long & creamy death with hints of milk chocolate, honey & almonds.
 
Jason
Jason,
Too mellow for my palate. Solid back but the front is very light.
 
Rian
Rian,
I like the 10 year a little better cause it has no smoke and it’s a little stronger. Both are amazing. Ralfy put me on it
 
Marc
Marc,
An instant favorite for me, with fruity notes, vanilla and some spice from the barrel. There is some complexity here.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
A nice mix of almond, butterscotch, and vanilla on the palate. A bit of a burn on the finish but otherwise very enjoyable and a nice, light Scotch.
 
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