Glenallachie Virgin Oak Series: Three single malts finished in three different types of fresh oak casks
French, Spanish and- three bottlings demonstrate the influence of wood
The new whisky . The whiskies that were with the same alcohol strength of 48% are each 12 years old. There was no chill filtering and . All three were initially matured in ex- made from American white oak (Quercus Alba) as a base, before an 18-month in different fresh followed that caused differentiated aromatic characters.Series of Glenallachie demonstrates fans the influence of different types of wood on
The casks: three times oak, three times different origins
American oak finishes. The French (Quercus Robur) comes from the Haute-Garonne region on the edge of the Pyrenees and was allowed to air dry for 15 months before it was processed into casks and started to influence the whisky. The Spanish Quercus Robur oak comes from Galicia and Asturias, especially from the cooler Cantabrian Mountains, and was granted an air dry period of 18 months. The third type of oak used is at home in America: the Chinquapine oak (Quercus Muehlenbergii) is a subspecies of Quercus Alba and gives particularly spicy aromas. The wood dried in the air for four years.Billy Walker chose French, Spanish and
Producer's tasting notes for the Glenallachie Virgin Oak bottlings
French Virgin Oak 12yo
Colour: Rich Bronze.
Nose: Waves of honey, toffee, mocha, orange zest and nutmeg.
: Heather honey, toffee and butterscotch, with layers of mocha, cinnamon, grapefruit, and a hint of earthy tannins.
Spanish Virgin Oak 12yo
Colour: Rich Bronze.
Nose: Waves of honey, coconut and treacle, followed by orange zest and cinnamon.
Taste: Layers of heather honey, treacle, coconut and orange zest, fused with mocha, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Chinquapin Virgin Oak 12yo
Colour: Rich Bronze Sunrise.
Nose: Waves of heather honey, butterscotch and orange zest, fused with nutmeg and liquorice.
Taste: Layers of heather honey, , biscuit and orange zest, followed by cinnamon, rosehips and liquorice.
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