Aberlour 18 Year Old
- ABV: 43%
- Age: 18 Years Old
- Bottling: OB
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £133
- Origin: Aberlour distillery
- Vintage: undeclared
What they say
The mature, deep, spicy one: a deeper Sherry influence adds more spiciness and a liquorice tang. Greater age adds body and develops the distinctive fruitiness to a rich raisin character.
Official tasting notes:
- Colour Auburn gold
- Nose Rich and complex notes of toffee and butterscotch combine with ripe peach and bitter orange
- Palate Perfect structure. Initial notes of soft apricot and cream are offset by developing flavours of blackcurrant jam and sweet oak with a touch of honey
- Finish Very long and balanced, progresses from crème brûlée to a gentle oak flourish
What I say
The oldest Age Statement in Aberlour’s range of Double Cask whiskies is this 18 year old expression.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark copper bronze (14/20), quick, medium tears and ultrafine legs.
- Nose: Dried fruit raisins, suede leather, apple must, toffee, chocolate orange, malty, Soreen malt loaf, apple and pear drop boiled sweets.
- Taste: Medium-bodied, rich red and dark fruits, raisin, apple, cherry, blackcurrant, apricot, date, vanilla, creamy butterscotch, honey and polished oak wood.
- Finish: Long, dried fruit, raisin, leather and old polished oak.
Much more dried fruit and sherry influence in the 18 year old expression as compared to the Aberlour Triple Cask I sampled in this little duet. Still quite fresh and zesty polish and pear drop distillate character and masses of apples join much of the sherry-derived darker fruits.
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