Allt-á-Bhainne 1980 Vintage Signatory [Feather’s Flight Review Set #12]

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Part two of my preview drinking extravaganza at The Feather’s Pub is a mystery dram selected by my wife.

And she chose one I had no clue about at all. Never had or heard of the distillery, was lost in the woods, and spun around multiple times.

And then I had the dram!

Also won at poker that night, between the two of us, so that was sweet, but she confused me first, so I don’t know if I’m okay with it.

I’m all over the place. Let’s center and focus.

Allt-á-Bhainne 1980 Vintage Signatory or Allt-A-Bhainne 1980 Vintage Signatory, of which I’ve found both, is pronounced Ollt-err-VANE. And it’s young. For whisky distilleries. In Scotland. They only started in 1975. That’s crazy. They shouldn’t even own shoes yet.

And how boy, it may be young, but it’s been passed around a lot (dude, not cool!). Started by Chivas Brothers, then moved over to Seagrams, and finally ended up with Pernod Ricard (because who doesn’t love a French lover later in life).

So, it’s young, interesting, and was bottled when I was just able to start drinking (illegally and get away with it). So let’s see how it tastes.

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Price: N/A in Ontario

Region: Speyside

Vintage: 22.10.1980

Bottled: 11.08.1999

Age: 18 years old

Cask type: Oak Casks

Cask # 1900 + 1901

Abv: 43%

Colour: 5Y 9/6

Nose: Currant, mostly lemon parfait, cookie dough, brine

Smells a lot like a lemon parfait. It’s sweet, and lemony, and those two things have come together well. That said, it’s all I can smell for a long ass time.

A long ass time.

Really fucking long.

Eventually it comes down, and there’s a brine to it which doesn’t go too well with the sweetness.

Taste: Brine, pepper, olive oil, Sprite, grass-y

More brine! Yay! Little hot, decent mouth feel, though kinda bland. The flavours don’t really go together too well.

Wish that it had more to do with the nose.

Finish: Lemon, brine, cumin, sand, herbs, cotton, nectarine

Oh look! It’s all mixing together! Isn’t that… great? Because I’ve always wanted to have a mixture of kosher pickles and lemon tarts.

That’s sarcasm by the way. It’s interesting, just not great.

Conclusion: Couple things that are going on here. First off, the dram could have had some oxidization. So I’ll ignore some of the brine. However beyond that, it’s disjoint, herbal and sweet at odd times, and doesn’t really jive with itself. It’s self jive isn’t high.

I think the low Abv isn’t helping either. We have notes that taste weaker than they should be, or aren’t full developed, which is odd for an 18 year old Scotch.

Oh well. I’ll have to try some others as they pop up.


Scotch review #387, Speyside review #114, Whisky Network review #592

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