Aberlour Distillery Scotland Speyside Region Whisky from 200 euros and over

Aberlour 16yo Hand Filled Batch A15

Review of an Aberlour bottled in 2015 by hand, directly at the distillery.

Origin: Spesyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 56.5%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers)
Average price: € 240.00
Official website: www.aberlour.com
Vote: 83/100

Here’s one of those bottles that, when you have the chance to buy it, makes you feel a bit special.
It’s in fact a special bottling, only available at the distillery, filled by hand and sold to those who are able (and, these days, lucky) enough to be on site to grab a bottle.
The cost, moreover, is quite low at the beginning (around £70), rising with time given the exceptional nature of the bottle.

Single cask of Sherry, bottled cask strength and without alteration on 26 September 2015: this isn’t the same bottle you see in the photo, which have been bottled a couple of weeks earlier.

Tasting notes

Amber in the glass.
An abundance of red and dried fruits, overlapping blueberries, figs, dates, black cherries and blackberries, with a vinous dryness acting as a common thread. Nutmeg, liquorice, dark chocolate and a hint of tobacco complete a fully sherried nose profile, perhaps a little boring. Over time, a subtle citric astringency appears.
Creamy and spicier on the palate, with a definite presence of ginger and pepper alongside nutmeg, which puts the fruity tones on the back burner, leaving more room for leather, tobacco, chocolate, liquorice, candied orange and a distinct trail of salt.
The finish is quite long and dry with spices, red fruits, leather and bitter orange.

What is commonly called a sherry bomb, almost by the book, and for that reason a bit flat and old-fashioned, with no particular points of interest or personality. It flows along nicely and is forgotten fairly quickly.

Reviews of Aberlour whisky in the blog:
Aberlour 10yo
Aberlour 12yo
Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 60
Aberlour Casg Annamh Batch 1 and 4
Dràm Mòr Aberlour 7yo

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