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Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured

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@hunggarReview by @hunggar

23rd Mar 2015


Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Here’s a popular one. Everyone knows Aberlour for their sherry. The A’bunadh is, for good reason, considered their pièce de résistance. But for the longest time I didn’t explore anything else from their range. Time to fix that. I’ve tried the 10, but I think the 12 is a better place to start.

Nose: Typical, pleasant sherry notes on the nose. Sultanas, big apricot, cinnamon, rum, caramel, brown sugar, red apples, red licorice, leaves.

Palate: Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Apricots, berry jam, stewed fruits, coffee, dates, unsweetened orange juice, pineapple, and bitter melon.

Finish: Medium and fruity. Apricots, dates, red apple, mango, pineapple, cinnamon, orange juice, dark chocolate, coffee, oak. An unusual bitterness counterbalances the sweetness, with rhubarb and bitter melon.

Thoughts: It’s a particularly fruity one, even by sherried standards. I like the apricot, pineapple, and chocolate notes here. However the sour notes of rhubarb and bitter melon do occasionally overwhelm the sweetness, which detracts from the balance as well as my personal enjoyment. And while it may be quite full-flavoured for a whisky at 40%, it’s still a whisky at 40%. A good dram, and a nice introduction to Aberlour’s brand of sherry, but it’s not very balanced and gets too bitter for my taste.

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Nozinan commented

Nice review. Here in Canada (well now I should be saying there) it's sold at 43%.

I have a bottle. Haven't tried it yet. Too many ahead of it to try...

9 years ago 0

AdamH commented

@Nozinan you have a recent bottling and it's not the 40% that's listed on the website?

9 years ago 0

hunggar commented

Seems North America in general gets a lot of stuff at 43%, and the rest of the world gets stuck with 40%.

9 years ago 0

Jules commented

The 'new' 12yo OB over here in Europe is now bottled at 48% - which is, needless to say, a vast improvement.

8 years ago 0

vrudy6 commented

I remember bottled at 43% not too long ago. Now, on my last purchase I realized that it was down to 40%. Big difference, in a negative way, of course. I won't buy it again unless it's bumped up to 43% once again.

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

I'm in the process of ridding my cabinet of unwanted bottles and this one is on the list. I have a 43% bottle I got in 2011 when I was over enthused by all things Aberlour. I've traded away an18, am holding a 16 for trade, and will be donating this one to a charity raffle.

7 years ago 0