Aberlour

Aberlour Triple Cask (40%, OB, 2018)

Aberlour Triple Cask

Whisky Review

  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: NAS
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: €35, £52.95
  • Origin: Aberlour distillery
  • Vintage: undeclared
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What they say

This innovation is the first expression of the Aberlour range resulting from a triple maturation. For perfect complexity and balance, this Single Malt is aged in 3 types of casks: one type of Sherry cask and two types of Bourbon casks.

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: Rich hints of honey, ripe pears and vanilla caramel.
  • Palate: The sweet and tangy aromas of orange and red apple give it an incredible sweetness, balanced by a touch of licorice, raisins and roasted almonds. Exceptionally sweet and sweet, with subtle spicy notes.

What I say

Imported from France where this retails at €35. I have a soft spot for Aberlour, whose now retired (?) 10 year old expression was a firm favourite. This carries no age statement but has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and hogsheads and ex-Sherry casks.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Copper and red apple  (12/20), slow, medium tears and medium legs.
  • Nose: Crisp red apples, pears, honey, banana and pear drop esters, almost popcorn sweetness, vanilla, biscuity malt and highland toffee.
  • Taste: Fruity crisp red apples, orange, raisin, vanilla fudge, sliced pears on a pastry or frangipane tart, almond, pear drops, barley sugars.
  • Finish: Soft and sweet, boiled fruit sweets, honey and subtle spices.

Overall

A soft and gentle expression full of red apples, some cinnamon bubblegum and pear drops suggest youthfulness but also distillery character here too. Rather pleasing at this price, and an acceptable replacement for the 10 year old expression.

Score 83/100

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