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Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered

Disappointing. Bad batch, Dud?

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@jack09Review by @jack09

20th Jul 2017


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After reading good reviews, I was looking forward to this bottle. I thought surely being un-chill filtered and bottled at 48% abv, and coming from a reputable distillery, would make for a happy experience.

First impressions: without water - heavily sherried nose.

Taste: Sweet entry, licorice notes, complex multi layered quality single malt. I liked it at first, seemed promising. Consequent pours though, showed a closed up character in terms of nose and taste.

​After 6 months, added a teaspoon of water. After 30 minutes in the glass: Nose: heavy sherry, alcohol, mineral note, stewed red apple, oak,honey. Taste: entry is sweet and spicy, followed by mild bitterness, licorice. Finish: long, oily and sweet, some spice, with a dying drying effect on the tongue. And that's as good as it got.

After another 6 months or so: ​nose - sherry with an underlying apple sweetness. Taste - flat watery taste, sherry, spice. Finish - spicy apple sweetness. Tasted dead.

It took me a year to assess this bottle. It was a completely disappointing and uneventful single malt. The complexity I experienced at first pour never came back. I had hoped it was a sign of positive things to come, but no. Oxidizing didn't help this at all. I still have half a bottle full. The only conclusion I can arrive at, is that it is a bad batch.

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MadSingleMalt commented


So do you have a batch ID?

3 years ago 0

jack09 commented

Here's what's on the back. Any way to tell what year it was produced by looking at those numbers?

3 years ago 0

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MadSingleMalt commented

You got me. 5:31 PM on the 336th day of some year.

But here's the text transcribed for the sake of Googlers, just in case anyone else out in the world wide whisky web is searching for batch info: LKPG 4694 336 17:31

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

BlueNote commented

Wow. Must be a really bad batch or a badly mishandled bottle. I only ever had this one once and recall thinking it was very good and almost a poor man's substitute for A'Bunadh. I would have scored it well into the high 80s.

3 years ago 0

Pete1969 commented

I bought 2 18 months ago have worked through first one but did not enjoy it as much as Aberlour 10 which is chill filtered and bottled at 40%.

On plus side it was half price so don't feel as bad.

3 years ago 0

Alexsweden commented

That's unfortunate, a dud from Aberlour. I have only been happy with all expressions I've tried

3 years ago 0

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