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Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask

Very good...but not great.

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@TheCasksReview by @TheCasks

13th May 2010


  • Nose
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  • Finish
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The Nose: Mmmmm…all sweet and hardly any peat. Bourbon-y brown sugar and Maraschino cherries. There’s a chewy caramel roll/sticky bun quality as well. Lots of sherry tones come out as well, ripe raisin as well as smooth oak. Lush, fairly voluptuous, and comforting.

The Palate: After that rich, inviting nose, the entry was a little empty, which was surprising and a little disappointing. It was sweet and smooth but in a way, kind of like simple syrup, I was expecting more complexity and depth. Things become more interesting with candied orange notes, oaked sherry and a pleasant spiciness, with a little cinnamon towards the end.

The Finish: Sweet, dusty and spicy in just the right balance. The finish isn’t all that long, but it feels just about right. 16 years worth of oak notes linger on a bit.

Thoughts: There’s a lot to like here, but for me, that kind of empty, almost weak entry keeps it from being a really stellar dram. It has a wonderful nose and great balance between the sweet, sherry flavors and the wood, it just seems to fall apart a bit when it first hits the lips.

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LeFrog commented

I find Aberlour whiskies to have quite a wonderful rich nose on them. Sometimes, like with the 16 y/o, they just fail to live up to that standard on the overall taste / mouth experience, but still a very good distiller.

13 years ago 0

jdcook commented

Yeah, I'd agree with @LeFrog. And unfortunately all the standard fare from Aberlour are compared with the A'bunadh, which is still really the king of the special bottlings.

13 years ago 0

WPT commented

Hello I'm WPT and glad to be apart of these comments. I wouldn't compare Aberlour 16yr-dbl-csk to Aberlour A'bunadh. A better comparison, for me, is to Taliskers 10yr. Having tasted both the hard or harshness after taste was experienced for each after a nice nose and 1st taste. Don't get me wrong, I will gladly drink both again along with a good premium cigar, of course. It's amazing what a premium cigar will do to the overall taste and pleasure of these 2 or any other single malt scotch. And yes, I must say of the single malt scotches, I've had the pleasure of tasting the good the best and the better, nothing is needed to enhance their taste or flavour. Really, try a good premium cigar with your favorite single-malt-scotch or any favorite adult beverage of your choice. How's that for short comment?

12 years ago 0

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