Aberlour 16 Double Cask

Aberlour 16 Double Cask

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Aberlour / Chivas Brothers Ltd.

Region: Speyside

40% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 16 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon casks & sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Light orange

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Slight sherry and raisin, saltwater toffee, and pears.

Mouthfeel: Watery

Palate/Taste: Sherry, sultana, dried fruit, citrus, caramel

Finish: Shorter, slight fruits with a touch of oak.

Thoughts: Good flavors, hampered by the fact they have been watered down and filtered away.

Score: 77 out of 100

Aberlour 18

Aberlour 18

Price: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Aberlour / Chivas Brothers Ltd.

Region: Speyside

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Light Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Dried fruit, raisin, sherry, oak, and caramel

Mouthfeel: A bit watery

Palate/Taste: Caramel, sherry, ginger, pepper, oak, and vanilla

Finish: Medium warmth with lingering pepper, and sweet wine

Thoughts: Middle of the road as far as sherry flavor, worsened by the watery palate.

Score: 79 out of 100

Aberlour 12 Non Chill-Filtered

aberlour 12 NCF

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Aberlour / Chivas Brothers Ltd.

Region: Speyside

48% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 12 Years

Cask Type: Sherry casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Dark Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Raisins, rich dried fruits, caramel, chocolate, orange, and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Full bodied.

Palate/Taste: Ginger, pepper, sultana, caramel, and latte notes.

Finish: Strong, a bit of a strange funk, followed by vanilla and fruity citrus.

Thoughts: A good solid 12 year sherried scotch. Finish was slightly off-putting.

Score: 82 out of 100

Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 52

Aberlour A'bunadh 52

Paid: $95 for 750ml

Distilled / Owned by: Aberlour / Chivas Brothers

Region: Speyside

Batch: 52

60.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Oloroso Sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Rich Mahogany

Nose: Thick slices of fruit cake with extra raisins. Creamy sherry and liquid Christmas cookie.

Taste: Black cherry and ginger come first. Next oak and vanilla appear and a tease of orange.

Finish: Very Intense warmth (To be expected) anise, nutmeg, and cherry fall into a vanilla sherry pudding. Lovely.

Overall: All of my previous favorite flavors in scotch with the dial turned to 11 and then ripped it off. The definition of a sherry bomb. It’s scotch that took steroids to punch you in the face without needing peatey brass knuckles.

Score: 90/100