Rummaging through the unsorted part of my sample collection I found this Kintra from 2009. And that’s great! Kintra’s big cheese, Erik started releasing Kintra Whiskies in 2009 so this is one of the first bottlings, and who knows, maybe even the very first. 2009 saw the release of a 1996 Ben Nevis, a 1997 Clynelish, a 1984 Macduff and in June, this 1995 Glenallachie.
A mind boggling amount of 36 bottles were released of this Glenallachie, so this is a collector’s item for sure! I don’t think this was from a small cask, probably only part of a cask, just like the Ledaig he bottled in 2010.
Nose: Fatty and fruity. Some butter and wood smelling like jasmine. Thus quite floral and spicy. Hints of white pepper and again and again this florality whiffs by. A lovely nose. Nice added depth from the Sherry cask, not only giving it some mustiness, but also some fruit. When smelled more vigorously, whiffs of toned down peppermint pass by, but also some hay, dry raisins and cardboard. If I would hazard a guess, I would say Fino Sherry?
Taste: Spicy first but quickly turning into sugar water sweetness. The spice and the sweet balance each other out, so it’s not overly sweet. Warming going down. Hints of milk chocolate. Still, lovely stuff. Highly drinkable and enjoyable. The sweetness makes way for a more woody dryness towards the finish. Finish itself is not too long but pleasant, but doesn’t leave a great aftertaste, since especially a weak wood and cardboard note stays behind for a short while.
This is one of those highly drinkable Whiskies, where the weakest link is the finish, and especially the aftertaste. To get past that you tend to take another sip, and yet another sip, and yet another, so you’ll finish your glass rather quickly and after that you ask yourself where has the bottle gone? Definitely not my favourite Kintra bottling, but good enough.