Aberlour-Glenlivet 21 Years Old 1989 Authentic Collection (57.5%, Cadenheads, Bourbon HH, 282 Bottles, 2011)
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Aberlour Distillery
Bottling: Wm Cadenhead’s
Cost: £65.50 from Wm Cadenhead’s
What they say:
Distilled at Aberlour-Glenlivet in 1989 and aged for 21 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead
Light on the nose, hints of gooseberries and abundance of sour green apples.
Freshly baked bread and fruity. Green apples still present on the palate.
Mild and fruity.
What I say:
During a recent visit to Cadenehead’s whisky shop on the Royal Mile I had the opportunity and financial blessing to raid their cask-end bottlings for a little something as a treat. After the usual chat with the Mark and numerous samples thrust into my palm later I went with my initial instincts and purchased all bar one. Unfortunately despite desperately hoping for something Sherry-matured, the only offering was a little out of my budget. As a massive fan of Aberlou however, this one was a must. I love Aberlour partly for their strong sherry-maturation influence so it is always informative but a little gamble when plucking for pure bourbon-matured expressions…
Full gold, highly refractive with strong tears
Fruity and perfumed apple blossom, cereal barley malt, roses (sweet), pear/perry/pear cider, Calvados (apple brandy specific to the Calvados region of Normandy)
Fresh green apples, Granny Smith and Bramley baking apples, sweet oil-seed rape honey, golden syrup, toffee apples and candy floss, marshmallows, spun sugar, and a little freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sweet medium-long, oaky wood and pure apple juice
Would I buy it again:
Pleasantly surprised that bottles of this were still available for sale and at such a great price. I am severely tempted to buy a bigger bottle of this as it is superb in its simplicity.