GlenAllechie reopened in 1985, and went independent in 2017. The 2018 releases we tasted were the first released since their transition in ownership.
We tasted six Plantation rums. The Guatemalan expression is finished in Amburana, a South American wood. The dosage was also relatively light, at 8 g/L
The Queen's Bee storm is another in a series of quick to make champagne cocktails that are ideal for brunch. The drink is a riff on the Groovy Appeal.
The DOK rum, clocks in with roughly 4X the ester count of Smith and Cross. It's also unaged, and 69% ABV. Not a good "intro to rum" type spirit.
The whisky is 100% malt, and is a blend of sourced Scottish whisky and some distilled on site. It's finished for a year in casks that used to hold ale.
Peru-distilled rum finished in Pineau des Charentes. Part of a set of blind-tastings of Plantation rums.
The Storm King comes from Damon Boelte at Grand Army, a bar in Brooklyn. The drink is well balanced with a pronounced dose of dark walnut, toffee, and caramel.
Campbeltown distillery matured in a mix of sherry and ex-bourbon casks. Nose: Gummy bear, white wine a little past its prime, beech wood.