Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Aberlour Vertical: 10, 12, 16 + A'bunadh

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Hey guys,
Going to be putting up some Aberlour reviews today, starting with the 10 year old.

Aberlour 10 year Old 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Medium
Nose: Sherry influense evident, spice and tannins, lots of fruit- apples and raisins, quite malty too, fruity sweetness, vanilla, figs, fudgey chocolate-y-ness.
Taste: Bit of rough heat, spicy with tannins, spicy malt, bit of Christmas cake, quite rich. Tones down with some time- Less heat and more fudge.
Finish: Short length. Green wood sap.
A bit artificial but you can get good deals on this (£18).
64/100
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Thanks to my mate Tom for this sample.
Aberlour 12 year old 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Light/Medium
Nose: Loads of juicy fruit, especially green apple, plum, raisin, but it's all quite artificial-
candy, apple sours, pear drops, some nuttiness and spice.
Taste: Creamy arrival, lots of fruitiness developing- intense apple and pear hit with spice. More drying and malty towards the finish.
Finish: Short length. Milk chocolate and coffee.
Only just a tad better than the 10yo.
65/100


Another sample from Tom now, with the 16yo.

Aberlour 16 year old 40%
Colour: E150a
Body: Light/Medium
Nose: A tonne of green apple and menthol, apple sours, pear drops, some artificial citrus. Very sweet but it's very artificial and covers everything else.
Taste: Very sweet again, green apple, menthol, green apple sours, a little oak coming through.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Creamy oak and more green apple.
68/100

This next one was my first experience of cask strength whisky and I loved it. You get so much more for your money. Plus, I'm a big fan of power in a whisky and this really opened my eyes to that. ABERLOUR POWER!!
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Aberlour A'bunadh Batch 46 60.1%
Colour: Deep Brown
Body: Full
Nose: Sweet, intense sherry and fruit, dark oranges, chocolate, bit of mint, woody oak, liquorice, boiled sweets, spices- ginger, dried fruit- raisins, cream and nuts.
Water: More nuts, more fruit, more light sherry. Still intense but gets more delicious. Classic sherry fruit- Christmas cake, raisin, plum, juicy orange, blood orange, grapefruit, milk chocolate and a bit of caramel. With more water you get even more Christmas cake and fruit.
Taste: Alcohol nip, dark berries, intense cherry, dried fruit, spices- cinnamon, ginger, dark chocolate, creamy and oily with deep sherried oak. Big and mouth-filling.
Water: Caramel, nuts and fruit. Still spicy with chocolate oranges, lots of cream, more oak, dried fruit- raisins, sultanas, fig and tannins.
Finish: Medium length. Spicy with oak. Sometimes quite short and chalky.
A great sherried cask strength whisky for a great price. A less good batch though I think, from what others have said.
75/100

Reviews #88-#91

Network Average: 76.2
Best Score: 91
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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