Review: Aberlour 12 Single Malt Whisky
About Aberlour 12 (Double Cask Matured)
Although this is a marriage of bourbon and sherry casks, the sherry casks make their presence known. This is a whisky that improves the longer the bottle stays in your possession. It also does better with a little time in the glass.
The distillery is located just south of the village called Charlestown of Aberlour on the Lour Burn. The burn flows up to the River Spey past the gravesite of the founder James Fleming and to the bridge that he supplied to the village. Victoria Bridge is a suspension bridge that was built to connect the village to Knockando.
A tasting at the distillery will provide many sherry cask delights. Oddly, the distillery puts Highlands as its region, even though it is in Speyside (which was separated from the Highland region because of the sheer number of distilleries in the area) - neighbor Macallan does the same thing.
- Origin: Aberlour Distillery (Scotland-Speyside/Highland)
- Type: Single Malt
- Times Distilled: Double
- Barrels: Traditional Oak and Oloroso Sherry Cask (married after maturation)
- Finish: None
- ABV: 40%
- Age: 12 Years
- Color: 0 Colorant
- Chill-Filtered: Yes
- Price Range: $57
On the Nose (Scents & Experience):
- Juicy fruit gum
- Brown sugar
- Slight hint of oak
On the Palate (Flavors & Experience):
- Sweet plum
The Finish (Flavors & Experience):
- Brown Sugar
- Sherry notes
- Slight Bitter Wood Tannin
- Length: Long, Medium, Short
The sherry cask dominates the nose, featuring dark fruits but some oddly sweet chewing gum notes. The mid-palate finds full flavor with a slightly light body on the palate. The finish is clean and slightly dry.
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