Allt-a-Bhainne 1995 C&S Dram Collection | 52.1% ABV | Bottled 2012

Allt-A-Bhainne is quite rarely talked about. It’s the main malt component of many Chivas Regal blends. The distillery doesn’t put out any official bottlings, so it’s up to the independent ones.

This one was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2012, it was bottled at a cask strength of 52.1% ABV.

Color: Pale gold

Nose: Starts of very clean and fresh: some lemon and melons. Then comes a grassy note followed by oak. After some time you get some hay. A very clean nose.

Palate: Lots of fruit on the first sip: Lemon, melons, green apples. Then some cereal and grain, ginger and spices. It’s a bit hot but not overly so.

Finish: Very long! Becomes bitter, liquorice. Wow this is really a long aftertaste…I’m impressed.

This was much better than I expected, considering there’s little to no fanfare about this distillery. It’s also quite complex. There’s some very nice play between the fruity and oaky influences.