Aberlour 12

Aberlour 12

40% abv.

83/100

Other than the cask strength heavy hitter that is A’bunadh, the regular stable of releases from Aberlour tend to get shortchanged. It’s not a heavily marketed whisky but I know that it is a very lucrative operation for owners Pernod-Ricard

What is interesting about Aberlour is that along with Glenfarclas it is one of the distilleries that defines itself by it’s Sherry driven profile, some say this was done to appeal to the French Market. Nonetheless you would be hard pressed to find a fully bourbon matured Aberlour, they do exist, mostly from independent bottlers or as distillery exclusives. The house style if you will always includes a focus on sherry, whether that be in the form of a finish, fully matured whisky or as a flavour component in the vatting.

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Despite the lack of sex-appeal and glamour the standard range of Aberlour is one of the remaining good values in Scotch, their prices and quality have remained stable over the years. The 10 year old offers great value and has been steadily about 50-55$ I have consumed many bottles of that over the years. Yes they sadly chill-filter and keep the ABV lower than I would like but there is a nice old school charm to their profile that can be appreciated if one takes the time to.

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Nose: Apples fresh and cooked in a copper jam basin, slight sulfur but it is restrained. Brown sugar, dusty oak, soaked dried fruits, white flower blossoms. There is a spirit kick to the nose despite being only 40%.

Palate: Over steeped tea, sweet, rich, creamy sherry depth, sticky toffee pudding, malt biscuits and vanilla. There are also bitter oak tannins, cooked apples, baking spices, dried fruits and bay leaves.

The finish is medium in length and is mostly on the sweet and tannic notes. A bit of water or ice loosens it up but it gets very sweet and muted if you add too much.

It’s well put together, a good malt to remember that there is still quality affordable spirit around and that the grass isn’t always greener on the next, new, rare release. A good choice to ease someone into Scotch, it’s very much in the line of Armagnac/Cognac.

Franck

Aberlour A’bunadh batch No50 review

Aberlour A’bunadh batch 50

59.6% ABV

Score: 82/100

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At this point the juggernaut that is A’bunadh requires little introduction.

This whisky is a lot like the kid who’s involved in all the school clubs, she’s on the honour roll like 10 times, is class president and all the students and teacher’s alike know who she is. A lot of people like her and why not, she’s confident, outspoken, seems pretty bold, put together and know where she is going.

I have met many of those people and I can tell you there’s a lot more going on under the surface with these folks. If you spend time with such a person, you often realise there’s a hidden complexity, that often these bold types have a wholly different personality & set of anxieties than the world around them knows about. Other students tend to see them as kind of über kids or natural overachievers, really there are just animated by a burning fire one that if you watered down you would show the youth underneath…really just a kid like most others.

that to me is A’bunadh in a nutshell.

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Nose: Maraschino cherry, orange peels, demerara, spices, madeira/sherry,soaked prunes, sherry soaked sponge cake. There is also and edge where it smells a bit like bbq sauce (diana’s maple) with a little water it opens up into dried raisins, Christmas spices and plum pudding.

Palate: Oak, vanilla, big boozy mouthfeel, drying and tannic. Sweet raisins and fresh thyme, brown sugar a bit of mint, after a while the palate drifts into a flowery/honey, and creamy, sherry custard, sweet pipe tobacco.

After the bottle has been opened for some time, it really has tamed down the big mouthfeel, you still get that chest warming quality and it eases some of the more jagged edges.

Franck

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Aberlour A’bunadh Lot 50

59.6% Alc/Vol

Évaluation: 82/100

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A’bunadh ce champion poids lourd d’Écosse ne requiert plus vraiment d’introduction.

Ce whisky me fait beaucoup penser à cet adolescent qu’on a tous connu. Celui qui est membres de tous les clubs, est sur la liste d’honneur, est président de la classe et tout le monde connait son nom. Beaucoup de gens l’aime et avec raison, elle est confiante, franche, téméraire et semble savoir où elle s’en va dans la vie.

J’ai rencontré pas mal de gens comme ça et je peux vous dire qu’il y souvent pas mal de chose qui se passe sous la surface avec eux. Si l’on passe du temps avec une telle personne, on vient à découvrir une complexité cachée, un côté de leur personnalité qui est inattendu.  Les autres étudiants les voix souvent comme des genre de surdouées mais en fait il sont juste animé par une passion ou une flamme qui brule plus fortement que la normale. Si l’on arrivait à étouffer un peu cette flamme on découvrirait un jeune avec les mêmes insécurités que ses pairs.

En gros c’est A’bunadh

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Nez: Cerise Marasquin, écorce d’orange séchée, cassonade, épices, pruneau macéré dans le xérès et gâteau éponge arrosé de sirop de xérès. Il y a aussi un côté un peu étrange de sauce bbq (genre la Diana à l’érable), avec un peu d’eau le côté typique d’Aberlour se révèle, raisins sec, épices de Noël, plum pudding.

En bouche : Chêne, vanille, explosion d’alcool en bouche mais ne brule pas, on ressent bien les tannins et l’assèchement du Xérès. Raisins secs bien sucrés, thym frais, cassonade foncée, un peu de menthol léger ou sirop pour la toux aux cerises. Avec le temps il y un peu un côté floral/miel, crémeux et un du tabac à pipe.

Il y a effectivement un changement prononcé après que la bouteille a oxygénée quelques 1 mois ou plus, on ressent moins le punch dans la face initial, mais on ressent bien l’effet réchauffant de l’alcool dans son torse, en bouche, les touches un peu hardcore s’adoucissent et ça ressemble un peu à un cognac.

Franck