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.
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.
Nutty and drying then sweet with fruit and honey.
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.
@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?
@Victor It could always be your first year 4 bottle...