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Aberlour 10 is one of my first trips to the world of enlightened whisky tasting and it turned out to be a fine choice. I did my notes on this dram about a month ago and am just now writing my thoughts here.
Before I begin, please note that I place different priority on the nose, taste, finish, and balance.
The first thing I noticed about this particular bottle is that the nose was much more active than any other whisky I have put my nose to. My sense of smell is dulled by years of working with chemicals but right away I could smell both apple pie (apples, brown sugar, etc) as well as dried fruits. After adding a drop or two of water, vanilla also comes to the fore.
The taste matched the nose very well, which I take as a good sign. Added in were toffee notes and a very slight cream taste.
The finish was just right in length. There were spices present and it and wasn't overly harsh. The only thing I would say is that the finish was a little more heated than I would have liked.
Overall, Aberlour 10 hits all the right notes for being sweet and savoury. It is one of the best 10 year olds I have tasted, and certainly gives the most value in that age range (keeping in mind that I am gauging this on the LCBO price lists).
Nose 25/30 Taste 37/40 Finish 17/20 Balance 8/10