This comes from the wonderful Glenallachie, in the form of their latest release the Cuvee Cask Finish. Distilled in 2012 and bottled in 2022 this 9-year-old was bottled at 48% after being aged in ex bourbon barrels before a secondary maturation in European Red wine Barriques from a mixture of 4 different reds – Bordeaux, Languedoc & Valpolicella.
On the nose its very classic red wine finished whisky with lots of red fruits, maraschino cherries, orange blossoms, cinnamon, and some slight chocolate notes. The palate is coated in the most wonderful warm dark chocolate and cocoa with a touch more orange zest and a great liquorice bite which wraps the side of the tung. The finish is muscovado sugar, softer milky chocolate, and a great length.
Bloody good. £55 on the shelf. Take off your 10% it is £49.50.