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1996 Allt-a-Bhainne 19 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" Single Sherry Barrel Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1293764

While the market for mature, sherry-aged single malt whiskies continue to soar, we're using our wits to secure outstanding under-the-radar single cask selections and save our customers some serious dough. Allt-a-Bhaine is a Speyside distillery that's part of the Chivas Blended empire and the whisky rarely sees the spotlight as a single malt release. It's never been released by Chivas as an official brand, but it does pop up every now and again on the independent market. While the malt itself is classically Speyside in character with vanilla, fruit, and a sweet malty note, this particular sherry butt from the Old Malt Cask series drinks more like a Macallan or Glenfarclas release with its dark caramel and toffee flavors. At 100 proof, the spice is dialed up and pronounced, but it's no match for the supple and unctuous character of the sherry that coats the palate in a wave of decadence. Our pricing continues to blow away anything comparable on the market and we're confident that malt lovers everywhere will find the quality their looking for in this selection, even if the distillery name itself is unfamiliar.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2017 | Send Email
This bottling is the first time that I have had a chance to taste something from this distillery. If this cask is what Allt A'Bhainne has to offer, hopefully we can see more in the future . It shows the sherry barrel aging, offering soft and round dried fruit and caramel flavors. This is topped off with seductive aromas of honey and bee's wax. It is on the dry side with a nice long finish. All of the flavor components come together to create an exceptional single malt.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2017 | Send Email
A couple of days ago I was helping a customer pick out single malts and he was lamenting the lack of exclusive sherry casked goodies on the shelf. I just told him to be patient and that patience has been rewarded. This is another example of when sherry casking and cask strength get it exactly right. A sweet rich nose with hints of chocolate and plum spice pudding lead to a smooth creamy taste. Butterscotch and vanilla pudding with hints of almonds meld into a dry and long finish with baking spice notes. Due to how rich it is there is not a ton of heat here, although opening it up with a little water allows the finish to sing even more.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
You don't have to be paying attention to catch the sherry on this bad boy. Generous and supple this gem is loaded up on fudge, almonds, malt, cocoa, vanilla, fruits and balanced out by a pinch of salinity. The finish is long and sweet yet with a dash of wood tannin it feels quite dry. All in all, very well balanced, well priced whisky. Another victory for the strong dollar and David's hard work scouring the cellars.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2017 | Send Email
As the spirits guy here at K&L, I get a lot of emails from consumers (both who shop with K&L and abroad) asking about the availability of classic sherry aged whiskies like Macallan 18 and Glendronach 18; two rich and delightful whiskies that we used to sell in large quantities before the price hikes went into effect. While the new reality of Scotch pricing is old news to most of us at this point, there are still people out there suffering from sticker shock. It was only about six years ago that we were selling Macallan 18 for under $100 and getting single barrel cask strength selections from Glendronach for just above that price. Today, however, those whiskies (and similar options from other distilleries) are in the $160-$250 range due to the lack of mature, sherry-aged selections on the market. It's for that reason that I've spent the last two years digging deep into some of Scotland's oldest cellars, pulling out casks from distilleries that don't have the prestige or the pull, but do have the quality and the value. The Allt-a-Bhainne is another example of that hard work. Normally used as a component for Chivas, this is rich, spicy, and smooth sipping sherry aged single malt for a price that reminds me more of 2007 than 2017. I've been having a lot of fun with this Brexit pricing. I'm hoping you guys are enjoying it too!

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Alcohol Content (%): 50