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Aberlour 10 Year Old

Take Me To The River

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@OJKReview by @OJK

27th Sep 2010

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Nose, Taste, Finish and Balance are graded out of 2.5 each:

Nose: Malt on the label, malt on the nose. Lots of it. That as well as an uncanny resemblance to Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Perhaps in more sophisticated terms I would describe it as cherries drenched in vanilla cream, with a little liquorice on the side. 2.0

Taste: A medium-bodied swathe of vanilla oil offers buoyancy to an oaky raft of mild spice, upon which minted apples and toffeed peppercorns calmly float downstream to the finish. 2.0

Finish: And there is a bigger waterfall to be found at the finish than one might expect. Not a violent crashing one, nor a trickling meandering one. It is steady and long, with a graceful stream of chocolate mints cascading gently into a pool of honeyed barley. The resulting oak-laden spray creates a spicy mist, which floats beautifully over the lingering pool at the foot of the fall. 2.0

Balance: There is a very fluid interplay between rich sweetness and oaky spice throughout, with notes of fruit and mint binding the two together with effortless poise. If I was to be harsh I would say that this whisky would benefit from a slightly higher alcohol volume, so that those delicate flavours could be pushed that little bit further, and allow the river to really run wild. At the moment it feels like there's a dam somewhere upstream limiting the flow. That said this is a delicious whisky, perfect for after dinner and perfect as a "so you think you don't like whisky?" entry level single malt. 2.0

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6 comments

@jdcook
jdcook commented

If someone is a wine drinker, this is the whisky I turn to as an intro to single malts. Hasn't failed me yet...

9 years ago 0

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

@OJK ... and what a creative review ... much better than the dram itself, I'm sure. I want some of what you were on ... :-)

9 years ago 0

@OJK
OJK commented

hey @jdcook, I agree with you this is very much a wine drinker's malt, just the right level of delicacy and complexity, without being overbearing.

@AboutChoice: many thanks! whisky is always the finest muse!

9 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

I find the 10yr to show just a bit more of its youthfulness than the 12yr. While it is still a great whisky, the 12yr is more refined. Not a great bit of difference in price between the two expressions either. Do you have a different experience?

9 years ago 0

@OJK
OJK commented

Hi @jwise, sadly I haven't yet had the chance to try the 12 year old - although I'm often a fan of youthful whiskies, I think in this case an extra two years in the cask would give that little bit of extra depth of flavour that I think the 10 year old needs.

9 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

I just posted earlier today a review for the 18yr Aberlour, and I'm sitting down to review the 16yr. After these whiskies, the 10yr tastes like @$#*! ;) Good reason as any not to EVER drink the more expensive whiskies, as the 10yr is otherwise a good dram.

9 years ago 0

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