The oak spices and tannins are just a bit too much at this point. They've always been part of the GlenAllachie 10 Years Cask Strength, but might've become a little too dominant in Batch 7.
Nose: Creamy, fudge and nougat with a touch of mocha. After a while come the expected notes of sultanas, raisins and balsamic, but also a whiff of cranberry juice, bright orange zest and dried apricots. The virgin oak seems a little less present than in the previous few batches.
Taste: Somewhat sweet arrival with figs, but the oak (virgin, but maybe European too?) is much more present now. Spices galore with cracked black peppercorns, cloves and nutmeg. Also tobacco leaves, coffee grounds and a touch of mints. Fairly tannic too.
Finish: Lingering spices, fennel and dark chocolate. Long.