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According to the distillery, their 18 Year Old Aberlour is the flagship of the range. It is supposed to be the ultimate expression of Aberlour, with a perfect structure. Sounds enticing. We’ll find out right away. It has a wonderful colour and beads beautifully.
The nose is nicely soft and sweet. Yes, this is great. Honey, apricots, orange (peel included), dark grapes, almond cake and even a touch of eucalyptus. A whiff of smoke completes the picture. Wonderfully complex nose.
Very mouthcoating and almost creamy (but not quite), sweet and heavily spiced. Sweet malt, dark fruits (dried plums and apricots, preserved sultanas), licquorice and some mint. Leather. Again, the cake. Quite some punch for only 43%.
The finish is bittersweet, nicely balanced and lasts quite long.
This is really good stuff. The perfect dram for pastries or other desserts. A big thanks to my friend Bart for the sample.