Origin: Spesyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers)
Average price: € 39.00
Official website: www.aberlour.com
We return to the well-known Speyside distillery after some time, pouring the (admittedly) younger version of their portfolio into the glass.
As (unfortunately) often happens, there is very little talk about this expression, due to the usual policy that if they are ‘basic’ whiskies with little general appeal, then it’s not worth dealing with them, at least in Italy.
And it’s not a problem of Aberlour’s visibility, since there are articles galore on Casg Annamh.
We have chosen to deal with a bit of everything, from the bottom to the top, and if it doesn’t bring great numbers of views, well… we’ll get over it!
Red fruits and baked apples immediately warm the nose, accompanied by vanilla, cinnamon, caramel and a drop of honey. The caress of wood acts as a link. A very classic and pleasant composition.
And it is the sherry that dominates the palate, making itself felt through sultanas in spirit, cinnamon, an impression of liquorice, a dusting of cocoa. Candied orange, dried fruit and vanilla are more subdued, with wood always acting as a background.
Medium finish of hazelnuts, cinnamon, caramel and wood.
Clean, straightforward, simple, an unimpressive but satisfying overview of Aberlour’s tones, an excellent introduction not only to the distillery but to Scotch in general, given the price, but even the seasoned drinker can find it an easygoing and pleasant dram between a Port Ellen and a Macallan Giovinetti.