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I know that prices and availability vary; so my mentioning it may seem pointless to some. Just to clarify, I find it helpful and interesting; and I make no bones about price playing a small part in my rating of a whisky. If it's good and it costs less surely that's more enjoyment and vice versa? Or am I just cheap?
With that in mind Aberlour 12, here in the UK, is a malt that all supermarkets stock. Retails at around £35 but is frequently (and I mean frequently) on offer for £25. It's one along with Pulteney 12 and Highland Park 12 that I look to pick up when the deals are on.
This ones been open for about 6 weeks and half the bottle gone.
On the nose it's a bit more nippy than my last bottle a couple of years back. It's got better but it needs a few drops just to smooth it out. Quite spicy, a little woody and a very appealing red toffee apple note. A little vanilla.
Taste wise; it's quite light in the mouth with a slightly sweet, red fruit arrival starts to go more sour with orange peels and then a big dose of that wood spice.
Finish is medium, more of the wood bitterness now along with the spice notes but it works. Fairly drying but with enough sweetness to balance it a touch.
Overall, for what you ( I will) pay for this it is hard to refuse a bottle. Can enjoy getting my nose right in there but don't feel it's a waste to just idly sip when watching a film or what have you. I'd prefer the other two I mentioned above before this but would not be offended if it was the only bottle left on the shelf.