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May 8, 2013


Tasting two Allt-A-Bhainne for the cause

Chivas’ Allt-A-Bhainne is virtually unknown but as with all the understated distilleries, I’m trying to taste a few expressions every once in a while. Some good surprises can be found, but it’s true that I don’t know of any really stunning Allt-A-Bhainne. It’s also true that it’s a fairly young distillery (1975)…

Allt-A-Bhainne 18 yo 1992/2011 (46%, Mo Or Collection, bourbon hogshdead, cask #12, 460 bottles)

Allt-A-Bhainne 18 yo 1992/2011 (46%, Mo Or Collection, bourbon hogshdead, cask #12, 460 bottles) Two stars Colour: straw. Nose: a typical light, grainy and grassy style of Speysider, there aren’t many fruits at first nosing, even if more and more cut apples come out after a few seconds, together with a little lemon and pears. Touches of wet limestone too, mown lawn, a little earth… It’s all rather narrow but it’s balanced and satisfying. Sauvingnony, if I may say so. Mouth: good, malty and fruity. A lot of muesli with drops of lemon and apple juice, then liquorice allsorts and marshmallows. It’s a light spirit and the middle’s a tad weak, it tends to drop quickly. Finish: very short, which is a little unusual. Ideas of lemon drops. Comments: it’s fair and very honest malt whisky but nothing to write home about in my opinion. Would go well with ice cubes or even – oh horror – as a mixer. I guess the very excellent bottler needed to have some Allt-A-Bhainne since they’ve decided to bottle absolutely all Scottish distilleries, an impressive tour de force! SGP:441 - 75 points.

Allt-A-Bhainne 20 yo (46%, Duthie's, 246 bottles, +/-2013)

Allt-A-Bhainne 20 yo (46%, Duthie's, 246 bottles, +/-2013)Two stars No age statement but its probably a 1992 as well. Colour: white wine. Nose: lighter in colour but there’s rather more oak in this one, especially vanilla. Less grainy and grassy notes, a little more fruit (same, apples and pears). Globally rounder and smoother – and fuller. Mouth: it’s the same whisky as the Mo Or, only with more body at the arrival, but then there’s more bitter grass, which isn’t obligatorily better. Gets more and more bitter and grassy. A rather hard one in my opinion. Finish: rather long but very herbal. Bitter oak. Comments: every genuine whisky lover needs an Allt-A-Bhainne in his/her collection, so both bottlings represent good opportunities. Nah, drop that, it was very silly. Couldn’t Chivas Bros come up with one or three excellent official 25yo Allt-A-Bhainnes? Even wee casks? It’s for the cause! SGP:361 - 70 points.

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