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Aberlour 10 Year Old

A Fine Start

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@johnkeatingReview by @johnkeating

29th Apr 2013


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  • Finish
  • Balance
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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

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GotOak91 commented

This is a great review. May I suggest the 16 Double Cask bottling of Aberlour. Great complexity and beautiful spicy-sweet palate and finish.

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johnkeating commented

I have heard good things about it. I will try to track down a bottle in my travels. Thanks for the suggestion, and compliments!

9 years ago 0

YakLord commented

Thank you for this wonderful review! I've probably said it elsewhere, but the Aberlour 10 is one of my all-time favourites. As @GotOak91 suggested, the 16 is really quite enjoyable. Jast as an FYI, if you're in the National Capital Region, some of the SAQ stores on the Gatineau side of the river still have the 16, even though the LCBO has stopped stocking it.

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johnkeating commented

Oh! That is a great suggestion. I will investigate when we visit the in-laws this month.

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