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Like its younger sibling, the Aberlour 16 has a spritely way about it. Vegetation, honey, and floral scents on the nose remind me of springtime. The body is quite full--It clings to the sides of the glass for a very long time. The palate is very similar to the nose. The finish is long, with a faint kick of bitterness just at the end which rounds the whole sip out very nicely.
It is not quite as mellow as one might expect of a 16 year maturation, but that adds to its sprightliness. It is a rich and very enjoyable drink, but--and I hope I'm not being controversial--I'm not sure I feel that it's a huge improvement over the 12.