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Aberlour 10 Year Old

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@GentlemanGrimmReview by @GentlemanGrimm

3rd Apr 2017

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Colour:

Burnished Gold

Nose:

Sweet - vanilla and caramel. But there's also lots of malt on this one and a bit of oak. Finally a good dose of sherry and fruit - raisins and blackcurrants and even a touch of citrus.

Palate:

Again that vanilla and fruit (raisins and blackcurrants). Very sweet to start but after awhile the oak comes through adding a little bitterness and some mild spice.

Finish:

Nutty and drying then sweet with fruit and honey.

Overall:

Often described as an entry level whisky this is certainly a good starting point for those new to single malts and it's a good solid Speyside. Sweet with lots of fruit but a touch of oak and spice to temper that. You can pick this up in the region of £25 - £30 usually, sometimes even less if it's on offer. At that price I really can't fault it and if you want something easy to drink and sweet, but with a touch more complexity than your basic Bourbon's at the same price than you can't go wrong with this.

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8 comments

@Nickh
Nickh commented

Spot on review. I tasted this during a recent tour of the Aberlour Distillery. Delightful for for the price. Our guide that day said he liked it as his 'daily drinker'.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@GentlemanGrimm
GentlemanGrimm commented

@Nickh thank you and yes, even though I'm a peat head and live Islay whisky I'd still happily drink this as a day to day drink!

about one year ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@GentlemanGrimm, thanks for your nice restrained review. If you read through the years and years of previous Connosr Aberlour 10 reviews you will see that a few of us believe strongly that Aberlour 10 is grossly undervalued as to its quality. The fact that a whisky may be inexpensive, easy to find, and relatively mild in flavour leads many to dismiss it. Aberlour 10 is basic barley-malt whisky. Many many malt whisky buffs get bored by just barley, oak, and just a little wine influlence. I do not get bored by barley-flavoured whisky, if the barley-malt tastes great.

While Aberlour 10 is easy to find and inexpensive in the UK, it is almost impossible to find in the USA...so the US Aberlour 10 fans tend to value it rather highly. I can buy Aberlour 12 or 16 yo any day of the week here, but I much prefer to drink the much less expensive but non-existent Aberlour 10 yo. Truth be told, I love the Aberlour 10 yo, and don't really much like Aberlour 12 or 16 yo. I've never bought a bottle of Aberlour 12 or 16 and probably never will. I do expect, though, to one day replace that one bottle of Aberlour 10 yo which @pudge72 helped to get me in Canada.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I have a bottle of 10 and I'd make it available to you but sadly I paid $15 less than the current list price for it and it's bottled at 43% instead of 40% so you probably wouldn't be interested...

Interestingly, the (?newer?) bottling of 700 cc at 40% is more expensive at the LCBO than the older 40% 750cc bottling...

about one year ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Nozinan, that IS sad that you paid $ 15 less than the current price. The 43% version is the one which I already know and love. Who knows? Maybe that 40% version sold in the UK has a bit less "oomph" and would impress less.

You are tempting my 3-year under 10 bottle purchase prediction. You are already holding bottle # 5 for me, and this would make # 6. Very tempting.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor It could always be your first year 4 bottle...

about one year ago 0

@GentlemanGrimm
GentlemanGrimm commented

@Victor It's interesting that it's not as readily available in the US and also that you have a 43% version. The 10 year old seems very much underrated over here. Partly I imagine because of its low price which gives people the impression it's a lower quality dram. Also it's 10 year age statement which those who don't know about whisky will assume makes it inferior to say a 12 year Glenfiddich for about the same price. The fact the Aberlour website doesn't even list the 10 year in its range is disappointing as well.

I really enjoyed it for a Speyside and would happily drink this any day. I probably would have given it a higher score as well however my preference is to peated whiskies - I love big bold flavours - and so this lacked a little something for me. Maybe a higher abv would have given it that little bit extra?

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Thanks for the review! I've yet to taste an Aberlour i didn't like! Never had the ten though.

about one year ago 0

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