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Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask

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@Nemesis101Review by @Nemesis101

6th Aug 2013

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In general I don't know what I think of Aberlour. The 10yo was far too sweet for my liking. A'bunadh is much better but generally I don't go for lighter sweeter style malt. Having said that, I do like variety and experiencing the full range of whiskies available.

The nose on this very strong with apples and toffee, (toffee apples!). Pears very evident too. Touch of cinnamon too perhaps? Fruit dominates with the toffee in the background. Very sweet.

This kind of reverses on the palate - the toffee takes centre stage with the fruit hiding behind it. Very soft and smooth. Does anyone remember Toffo sweets? Toffees with different fruit flavours, (not seen them for years). Well this whisky reminds me exactly of them - particularly the apple flavoured ones.

The finish is long, smooth, sweet with a fruit cocktail lurking in there.

If you like sweet and soft whiskies then this will be spot on. It's a bit too sweet for me personally but that's just my palate. Otherwise this is great stuff - several notches above the 10yo.

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7 comments

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

Nice review. I rate this one right about where you do. It's good, not great. The 18 year is oustanding in my opinion. One thing I would disagree with is I don't know if I would classify the 16 or the Abunadh as light whiskies. Definitely sweeter than some others, but not light. Just my opinion. Thanks for the review.

8 years ago 0

@Nemesis101
Nemesis101 commented

You're probably right about the 'light' description. I generally go for drier, smokier malts so this does seem light in comparison. However I think I sometimes get confused between sweet and light - this is actually quite rich in flavour really.

8 years ago 0

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

I agree. These are very rich malts. I get what you mean though regarding Islays and other smokier malts.. They seem more powerful in a way. It's funny I tend to think of some Islays, especially younger ones as lighter. I'm more of a Speyside drinker though. That's probably why we describe the different styles the way we do. It's interesting.

8 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I consider A'Bunadh to be a relative bruiser, not a lightweight. Also, not so sweet, especially the 44. If you like a dry rich sherry matured scotch try Bladnoch.

8 years ago 0

@Nemesis101
Nemesis101 commented

@Nozinan - I have recently bought a bottle of Bladnoch Sherry Matured Sheep Label 55% directly as a result of your recommendation from a Bladnoch review I wrote a couple of months ago. Only had one sip so far but it does seem amazing - so thanks so much for the tip! I'll get a review up soon.

8 years ago 0

@FMichael
FMichael commented

For some reason I prefer the 16 yr...I enjoy the others that I've tried (12 yr, 12 yr Non-Chill Filtered, A'bunadh, and 18 yr) - however it's the 16 yr that I seem to enjoy the most.

8 years ago 0

@GeorgeStevens
GeorgeStevens commented

I enjoyed my Aberlour 16 quite well, however I feel that the whisky was simplistic for its price tag of just over $67(USD) where I bought mine. Your typical, albeit good, sherried whisky, Aberlour treated me with deliberate flavors. I will say that, though not incredibly complex, what was there was done with purpose. All that considered, I just can't justify buying another bottle of this over a similarly priced Balvenie, like my (perhaps overly) beloved 12 yr DoubleWood or the new Caribbean Cask.

6 years ago 0

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