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Aberlour

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Aberlour

10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
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75/100

The 10 years old Aberlour is characterized by its old gold with copper glints colour.
The nose detects wet wood, sherry and some toffee and menthol hints.
The palate is relatively dry, but its sweetness evokes warm honey and spices.
The final is rather long and goes on to spices with a light bitterness.
A pleasant malt.

(La Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
Aberlour stays inescapable in the world of single malt. For lovers of Speyside, this bottle has a quite affordable price. Aberlour 10 yo stays a good reference. However, compared to other bottles from the same region, this bottling seems to be a little bit too weak.
70/100
A second tasting had completely other conclusions as result. Is it a question of mood or circumstances? Anyway, this bottle got a completely other rating the second time. From the very first nosing, this malt is developing very harmoniously and the taste in the mouth is very pleasant, even if some slightly acid touches are present. The final is very nice.
84/100
This bottle is a perfect illustration of the importance of the tasting conditions.... The third tasting conclude this whisky has a serious lack at complexity, on the nosing as at the palate level. The whisky is not bad, but it misses all of what makes a whisky a great whisky. A rather poor finish as well, and the quotation of the second tasting becomes incomprehensible...
70/100
The nose is clean, with some remote hints of smoke and a very slight touch of spices, but rather monotonous even if there are some fruity touches after a while. The palate is dry and the same monotony as at the nosing, with however some interesting slightly spiced note. A short finish, dry and a bit bitter, but interesting.
74/100
The nose is finely fruity and very expressive. Peach and melon notes share the attention with fresher ones, cut grass or citrus fruit (lemon) In the mouth, the impressions of the nose are not really present anymore. Fruits have disappeared and made room for a mix of malt and wood with a metallic touch. Interesting mouth, but nothing special. Nothing complex. The finish recalls the malty aspects and a kind of aftertaste recalling wet cardboard stays in the throat together with the metallic impression of the mouth.
74/100
Colour: Old gold
A relatively simple nose marked by sherry with some unpleasant tingling iat first. Fortunately this soon disappear.
Hints of nuts round out this first clip.
The mouth is very honest. The same relative simplicity as the nose, but pleasant notes of sherry, but not much else. The mouth is not unpleasant, but it is unfortunately a bit too monotonous.
The finish seems more complex than were the nose and mouth. It is long and hot, and a mixture of sherry aromas and a pleasant bitterness make ithis finish clearly better than the mouth.
76/100

Aberlour

A'bunadh

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
59,6 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
(No batch #)
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84/100
Aberlour A'Bunadh

A'Bunadh means "original" in gaelic.
Orange colour.
The powerful nose evokes sherry, full fragrances, slightly smoked, and recalls smells of red fruit, and has a fine sherry character.
The smooth palate is rich with menthol hints. The fruit taste is intense. Sweet in the palate, with chocolate and orange notes.
The sweet finish (nougat, praline) is spicy (ginger) and slightly smoked, with a honey aftertaste.

(La Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
This powerful whisky, powerful because of his smell and his alcohol degree was one of the first cask strengths on the market. Sherry is immediately detected by the nose. The taste is very complex, and opens after having added some drops of water. Very impressive bottle with a rather long finish. A nice example of successful cask strength.
84/100
The nose is dominated by the sherry. The high degree of alcohol does not bother the tasting at all, and the taste is very pleasant and complex, mix of chocolate, malt, sherry on a citrus fruit background. The degree of alcohol enhances the powerful character of the taste. A lingering and pleasant finish, with some spicy hints remains in the palate for long minutes.
84/100
The sherry overruns the nose first, and the power of the whisky makes it slightly aggressive, creating a slight tingling sensation. In the mouth, this aggressiveness disappears, despite the high percentage of alcohol. Some drops of water are needed to appreciate all the nuances of this whisky. This drop of water also removes any tingling sensation while opening the flavours. The sherry is very present in the palate, together with some well marked fruit hints, and despite the alcohol, a sensation of freshness. The finish is lingering, with some touches of spices and a great sweetness, contrasting with the very first nosing.
84/100
An obsessive sherry presence at the firs nosing, with some hints of prune cake bring their contribution to the rather complex character of this whisky. The first impression in the palate recalls the high percentage of alcohol. However, it prolongs the nose without any aggressivity. Fine woody touches and fruity notes comolete the whole. The finish is rather long and warm, recalling the high percentage of alcohol, but at the same time, an impression of sweetness is very characteristic. A kind of magic contrast, you only encounter in the whisky world...
84/100
A nose clearly marked by sherry , but also notes of old mouldy leather and very interesting woody hints. Spices and some wet earth.
The mouth is marked by sherry and is rather complex. First rather dry, clearly woody but also rather smooth and fruity.
The finish is long and lingering, and a mix of fruit and sherry with a touch of bitterness remain for a while.
84/100

Aberlour

Cuvee Marie d'Ecosse 15 years

Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry & Bourbon
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79/100
Aberlour "Cuvée Marie d'Ecosse"

The colour is amber.
The malted nose is also marked by toffee and Black current.
The soft palate confirms the nose, with some liquorice hints.
The finish evokes spices (ginger)

(La maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
This 15 years old whisky has been matured in sherry casks. The impression in the mouth is really very pleasant, without unnecessary embellishments, and without a great originality, but is a whisky with a good behaviour. A great bottling, and as far as I'm concerned, the best Aberlour.
84/100
The impression during the second tasting is that his whisky is rather good, however a great lack of complexity seems to characterize it. Even if this bottle can be considered as being a rather good one, the quotation from the first tasting does not seem to be justified. It remains however a good representative of the brand.
79/100
The nose is marked by malt. In the mouth too, malt is present with a very slight touch of citrus fruit and liquorice, followed by a quite long finish, with some remote hints of violet and again the presence of malt. Indeed, the first quotation seems quite exaggerated.
74/100
Quite a pleasant nose, with clear wax hints, covering the fruity character of this whisky. In the palate, an impression of malt, with some variations on hazelnut, but rathre plain. A average finish, exactly in the mood of the mouth. A good whisky, but without any surprise nor special depth.
74/100
Colour: Old gold
Nice nose especially marked by sherry with nice malty hints behind which smells of ripe fruit are trying to break through.
The palate is quite soft with subtle notes of nuts mixed with sherry and malt. Nothing extraordinary, but a mouth without blemish. Not very complex but pleasant.
The finish is longer than that foreshadowed the mouth. The nutty notes seem to take precedence over other flavours encountered in the palate.
80/100

Aberlour

Double cask

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Bourbon & Sherry
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79/100
Aberlour double cask 12 yo

Colour amber.
The nose reveals nutty fragrances, relatively fresh and sherry hints.
The palate is fresh, malted and sweet, and reveals some liquorice and anise hints, with a little blackberry aftertaste.
The finish is sweet, silky.

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
The sherry finish gives this exceptional malt a great sweetness, and a well marked character. A very good bottle from the Speyside area, do not miss it. The wonderful finish lets us enjoy for long more minutes from this malted and fresh hints.
84/100
At the second tasting, a kind of medicinal smell, ether mixed with sherry announced a special bottle... The palate is characterized by a rather pleasant and slightly acid, however very complex taste. The finish of average length, also slightly acid and fresh...
84/100
The nose is rather marked by sherry with some remote woody hints. A kind of complexity in the palate, mixing clear malty touches to slightly spicy notes with a hint of wood. A nice finish, smooth and here too this remote and slightly bitter woody hints are still there, like at nosing and tasting.
84/100
A very nice nose marked by sherry sweetness, some peppery notes and hints of plum jam. Quite a discrete smell of toffee and milk chocolate.
The mouth is slightly less exciting than the nose was, and a kind of acidity (not easy to describe) mixes with the sherry notes, breaking the nice announced balance. A lack at complexity, while the nose was very promising.
The finish is short and does not let a great memory behind, except that sweet alcohol hint after a few seconds.
79/100

Aberlour

Double cask 16 years

Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry
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72/100
Aberlour double cask 16 yo
Personal Comment
The nose is influenced by the malt, with however some fruity hints, recalling prunes or something like that. The palate, relatively deceiving, is very malty, with some sherry on the background. The whole is very sweet, and even a bit sickly sweet... The finish is short, and the whole makes this double cask deceiving, compared to the 12 years old version.
74/100
A rather fruity nose with discrete sherry aromas preceeds a quite pleasant but uncomplex mouth. A smooth fruitiness, pear aromas and slight liquorice hints. Some woody touches as well. The finish is longer than at the first tasting, and seems higher in alcohol than the palate was.
74/100
Quite a nice nose made of hazelnut hints, a bit of sherry with discrete hints of fruit and a touch of Marshmallow.
In the palate, a kind of balance is quickly dominated by quite a strange bitterness developing soon on fruity notes (plum). Despite a probably relatively low percentage of alcohol, this whisky sometimes seems to be overwhelmed by alcohol. This impression fades fortunately soon away.
The finish is marked by nutty notes, but is far to be impressive.
74/100

Aberlour

Whisky Galore 1989

Age
14 years
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Duncan Taylor
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79/100
Aberlour Whisky Galore

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Pale pale straw. Nose: Malty, spicy. Flavour: Slightly oaky, raisins & nuts. Finish: Lingering & full sweetness. Comments: Very complex!

(notes of the bottler)

Personal Comment
A very good impression at the first nosing. The nose reveals a certain complexity, slightly acid (citrus fruit) on a malt background. The taste confirms the first impression. A finish of average length, rather sweet and pleasant. A very good bottle for a reasonable price.
84/100
A rather complex nose, with some spicy malt hints on a citrus fruit (orange) background. In the palate, no aggressiveness at all, and still a sweet presence of slightly spiced malt, a touch of bitterness on the tongue and at the finish. The finish is sweet and not too long.
79/100
The nose seems a mix of malt and yeast. The latter is quite present. Remote hints of citrus fruit and a light bitterness.
In the mouth a strange but very pleasant mix of acid notes and a very discrete bitterness. Malty smoothness and nutty bitterness.
The finish is sweet and relatively long. Exactly prolonging the mouth, light bitterness and smoothness.
79/100
A subtle fruity nose with some remote hints of smoke.
The mouth is discrete and smooth with some slightly acid touches, but without any complexity. An impression of flat pear spirit.
The finish is probably the most interesting part of this whisky, even if it is rather short. The slightly acid fruit notes dominate this smooth finish.
74/100

Aberlour

Scott's Selection 1989

Collection
Natural Cask Strength
Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
53,8 %
Bottler
Scott's Selection
Dates
Distil: 1989 Bottling: 2005
Particularity
cask strength
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79/100
Aberlour 1989 Scott's selection
Personal Comment
The nose is marked by malt with some metallic impressions on the backgroune. The mouth is not really spectacular neither. Nice dram, no more. No complexity, no surprise but no flow netiher. The finish is slightly bitter, not too long and without special character.
79/100

Aberlour

Gifted Stills 1998

Collection
Gifted Stills
Age
9 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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84/100
Aberlour Jean Boyer 1998
Personal Comment
This is an amazing fruit basket on a layer of fresh cut grass. The nose is e real pleasure. Menthol notes and a touch of smoke.
In the palate, the same intense fruity impression, a touch of bitterness and the acidity of a green apple. A real fruit salad with nuts. Really a nice surprise.
The finish is long, fresh and as fruity as the mouth was.
I really recommend this whisky to all those who like to find fruit in their whisky. As this is not specially what I am looking for in a dram, I give only 18 points.
84/100

Aberlour

Best casks of Scotland 1995

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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79/100
Personal Comment
The nose reveals green apple smells. Nice freshness and discrete complexity.
The mouth too is influenced by green fruit fragrances, with however a greater smoothness than announced by the nose. It looks like the fruit having ripened in the meanwhile.
The finish is warm and rather long and a touch of bitterness comes in addition to the fruity smoothness.
79/100

Aberlour: samples

Aberlour

17 years

Collection
The soul of Scotland
Age
17 years
Alcohol percentage
60,6 %
Bottler
Anam Na H-Alba
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 913
Dates
Distil: 21-02-1995 Bottling: 10-04-2012
Bottle
129 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2012-05 85/100
Aberlour 17
Personal Comment
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Malt1972
Nose: green apples, passion fruit, fresh, subtle.
Taste: fruit bomb! oranges, very sweet but complex. Beautifully balanced, full of life. Definitely cask strength. Speyside style. I like it.
Finish: very long, some nuts, drying on soft spices

Comment: taste reminds me of a recent Strathmill 1974 joint bottling of the Daily Dram and The Whisky Agency

92/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Singlemalt71
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Warm fruit and subtle sweetness. The nose has an old smell (dusty). After some time some smells like pine cones.
Taste: Rich, fruity and delicious tingle, which probably is formed by the high alcohol (± 60%).
Finish: Long, warm, with at last some liquorice.

92/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jbrice
Nose: First nose very particular about wood glue and solvents. With aeration, beautiful notes of plum jam and vanilla emerges. The solvent is still present but remains in the background without being disagreeable. After a long aeration, it smells strongly of strawberry jam. I only felt that until now in a Glengoyne 1972. Some spices and a little coconut in the background. You could almost think that it's actually an old grain ..

Palate: concentrated and powerful. Confit.

Finish: long on hints of spice.
90/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Roblanza
color: pale gold
nose: full vanilla attack in a pleasant way, fresh wood, sweet notes of fresh honey, some marzipan and 'rooibos' tea
taste: drying beginning, some spices with again sweet marzipan, in the finish some orange marmalade, spicy hints of ginger and some caramelised fruits at the end

89/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Mars
Nose: Floral, Fruity. With vanilla, lemon becoming lemongrass with the addition of water, mint.
Taste: Lemon, herb (plant liquor), sugar / acid with an acidity that dominates. Beautiful power.
With a little water: The fruity and sweet side gain some power. Appearance of a slight bitterness.
Final: Citrus, acid. Average length.
With a little water: more power, more spices.
After a long breathing: herbs, plant liqueur, anise.

Comments: Very good, final less powerful than the mouth. The fruitiness is a little weird.

88/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Whiskywardrobe
“Nicely floral... maybe a highlander? finished in sherry cask?”
This dram has a fino-like color.
Nose (88): more than average. honey, vanilla, citrus, toffee. Powerful toffee aroma. Like a Cadbury box
Taste (89): powerful, oily. honey, floral, spices, citrus, wood, chocolate.
Finish (88): average. toffee, spices, vanilla.

88/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by ALouis
Color: straw yellow
Nose: very round, slightly sweet, citrus, caramel and bottom notes of wet dog. With aeration some fresh fruits appear. With a little water it becomes more floral and balanced.
Mouth: quite original, the chemical candy, caramel, nuts and spices. With a little water there is less chemical and more sweet, nut remains present in the background.
Finish: rather long in the cane sugar and nuts.
87/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jean-Michel
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Soft (47%?) and slightly apricoty at first nosing. Then, very strong notes of herbal tea. Lime-blossom tea, or camomile? Just pick up your own favorite. "Chlorophyll" chewing-gum. Much more intriguing than I would have thought at first.
Mouth: Gets oakier now. And even more enjoyable. The wood brings some spices, but everything's under control. Just a hint of cinnamon, and a nice pinch of grey pepper. And a nice honeyed sweet and sour winey combo that reminds me of the very best zabaglione.
Finish: Gets drier, with a lively touch of bitter orange.

Comment: A very enjoyable Speysider finished in a sweet wine cask? If so, I am reconciled with double maturation...

87/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by mapi
Pale gold in color with hints of brown
Nose: The nose is tight, simple. It begins with notes of solvent and bitter almond to finish on the leather.
Palate: The palate is soft. Distinctly fruity, you really feel like pear brandy williams. Alcohol acts as a flavor enhancer.
Final: the final played softly. The bite of alcohol is very nice. We finish with hints of almond.

A whisky a little too one dimensional.

85/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Savoureur
appearance: Riesling
nose: low to medium intensity, alcohol fairly well integrated, closed at the beginning and requires fifteen minutes of breathing to open, sweet and sour fruityness (like a mix of pears and currants), a little dusty (amber), fresh grains
taste: low to medium intensity, alcohol well integrated, soft start, then tangy and peppery at the end
finish: medium

Conclusion: A pleasant whisky in "pleasure mode" but difficult to access in "tasting mode"

84/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Canis_Lupus
Color: Yellow Gold.
Nose: Nose first on the green banana, banana peel, then evolves with notes of apple / pear, a little ginger and a little pastry. The nose gradually loses its expressiveness in favor of an alcoholic presence.
Taste: Very oily, thick, expressive but not melted. Oil, some spices and dried fruit.
Final: In line with the mouth, warm, woody notes she reveals.

Comment: A whisky which promises at startup, but which does not take completely on distance. The water should be avoided.
84/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Jmputz
Colour: Straw
The nose is slightly influenced by alcohol, but that's little disturbing. It is fresh, fruity, marked by notes of orange zest, with hints of acidity which are quite pleasant. It is fairly complex, still turning around the same characteristics, freshness ... By cons it is pretty well balanced.
On the palate, first impression of fairly strong alcohol, but the fruity notes appear quickly, still with the acid notes that give it a nice freshness, and a touch of bitterness. Here again no great complexity. The palate is nice, but we has clearly not dealing with an exceptional whisky.
The finish is long and remains on the same register of freshness. The slight hint of bitterness mixed with a fruity fairly discreet continues for minutes.
83/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Dede
Color: Gold
Nose: juicy pear and vanilla are the dominant of the first nose. It changes little with aeration, notes of barley sugar and nutmeg appear, but little else. Alcohol, very present, stifles aroma that are better expressed with a little water.
Palate: The attack is violent, burning alcohol taking precedence over the flavors. We perceive, however, the fruity notes already identified nose. This is much better with a little water. It has a mouth ranging from fruity and spicy (pepper) flavors.
Finish: Medium length, quite spicy (pepper) and slightly woody.

Conclusion: A nice whisky though lacking complexity.
83/100
WDTS2012-05
Commentaire de Dagde
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: At first glance, one feels a lot slightly floral alcohol. Aeration should be beneficial. Chocolate, honey and a little cream of chestnut but still feeling it has more potential. Water brings us the fruit on the front - banana, pineapple, apricot -. A pleasant introduction.
Taste: Very powerful - water that can only relax - with a lot of good dark chocolate, fruit - so indefinable alcohol - salt, with a sense of papering the palace. It's nice but too ethanolic. The water balances all around the chocolate malt, a hint of pineapple, but also a lot of salt - without moderation, damage -.
Finale: Powerful: Chocolate and some grain. There are notes well salted. The finish is unbalanced, not enough sweet, too salty.

Comment: A frank whisky . Without water, it only scratches the flavors but is promising. Adding water reveals a slightly higher complexity but not as much as hoped while reducing its elegance. The unbalance begins in the mouth with iodine and this power continues in the final where sweet fades quickly. The nose is its strong point.
83/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by RX21
Color: Sraw
Nose: Fruity on grapefruit. Hint of anise
Mouth: Orange and Grapefruit juice. Smooth before coming of peat and hint of lemon
Final: Middle short becoming sweeter due to the dilution

83/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Piazzolla
Nose: pungent attack (alcohol not well integrated?), Vinegar and pepper. Improves with aeration though confused enough while being pleasant fruity, floral, pastry, fresh / marine ....
Taste: Entry into living matter on the kirsch, sugar, rather dense but does not open either. Evolves on an apple vodka a little more racy?
Final: salty tip
Conclusion: The taste is a pleasant surprise even if it ultimately lacks expressiveness. A little spirity and dry.
82/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Blackmalt
Light gold color
Nose quite closed and fiery. Wow, it smells like alcohol all that .. The 70% alcohol changed pharmacy, Dakin. Behind it, a little red fruit. What makes me think of candy strawberry. A kind of small white sticker strawberry taste. But I can not remember the name. Otherwise, it's a shame that stings the nose .. It hides a lot of things, for sure.
Mouth medium, hot and too powerful. It's not pleasant. And just like the nose, this mask at all. A good twist hoses.
This final while being absent. This power, absent in aromas. We will still return a spicy finish.
comment: 78 because it is too powerful. This is really not pleasant. I do not see the point to make as strong a whiskey .. I did not like and I smell HS.
78/100
WDTS2012-05
Comment by Amor57
The first nose is light, airy, ethereal. It is in the field of light alcohol with a equally slight fruitiness. Oh! This is not aggressive, but between the nose and the absence of the nose, the path is not very long. Maybe a little aeration will do him good? First comes a tannic bitterness, followed by red fruits (well, speaking a flavor!) And raw potato. With more aeration, gets over the woody, with a bewildering aggression. A gentle touch is provided by the iris powder. On the palate, the attack is direct and aggressive. And in addition, alcohol is burning so much that I have to spit out immediately. A second test? This time I expect the burn of alcohol but the result is not better: strong tannic bitterness replaces bitterness, tempered by just a (very) little touch of fruit. The finish is on the same range: bitterness, bitterness of licorice and rare berries.
A mediocre whisky in all areas.
66/100

Aberlour

17 years

Collection
Single Cask Series
Age
17 years
Alcohol percentage
56 %
Bottler
Master of Malt
Cask
refill bourbon
Dates
Distil: 21-02-1995 Bottling: 02-2012
Bottle
037 of 265 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2013-01 83/100
Aberlour 17 MoM
Personal Comment
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Blackmalt
Pale gold

Nose starts very well! Well on pear, exotic fruits. I love this boot. A little waxy with a bit of dry wood.
Alcohol stings a little. But not enough to be considered as aggressive. Funny, but with the texture of the nose plus some fruit, I feel bitter fruit in butter.
This is quite greedy. Something vegetal happens next. Quite fresh and green. We also have a little pepper, just ground.
For the fruit, I have some papaya cubes (those of mixed drink sachets). Then a little vanilla pod. But fortunately, it is not too heavy.
It brings amoothness. With water, one just smells squeezed lemon juice . One we will take a drop in the eye :)

This mouth. Rather fluid. Fruity as the nose. Same with vanilla. Pepper. we may have the coconut more (in the bag "ready")
The voltage is there, it is fairly straightforward.

Finale also present than the mouth. Slightly bitter. Some malt and a spicy back well.


Comment Very nice nose. Fruity, round with the vanilla. The palate follows well and this is a good thing. Peps enough to have a nice relief.
Pity that the final is too short. The rest is very good.
90/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Mars
Nose: A lot of Vanilla, physalis, floral, lightly fruity and exotic. Powerful.
Water and aeration brings out the exoticism with nice aroma of fresh fruits and melon.

Mouth: Powerful, fruity, vanilla, spices. Water and aeration highlight the exoticism.
Uber fruity at the second tasting.

Finale: Exotic fruits and spices. Long.
Water brings out the exoticism.
Second tasting: Vanilla, a bit aggressive.

Comments: Very good whisky who swims like a champion. I just had a little trouble with the spices. Imperfect balance does not allow it to reach 90 points, but I'm sure others will not hesitate to go over this limit.
Second tasting happened 10 days after the first one(didn't changed much for the nose)

90/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Whiskywardrobe
“Lovely fruity notes. Not young, maybe a bourbon cask... maybe Japanese?”
This dram has a gold-like color.
Nose (87): (4)average. honey, citrus, floral, vanilla, apricot.
Taste (88): powerful, oily. honey, mango, citrus, floral, vanilla, spices.
Finish (88): (5)longer than average. honey, spices, mango.

88/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Canis_Lupus
Colour: Straw.
Nose: The nose is very floral first with a note of alcohol, essential oils, orange blossom and tangerine, orange, blood orange, candied orange peel, some notes on the cake pastry, the "financier". A slight subtle oak a bit pungent reinforces the nose. At moments, so fleeting notes of citrus lemon on the move and iodine, lemon marinade. The orange marmalade too. With time studded with orange cloves.
Mouth: We find the orange form of alcohol, liqueur. Is reminiscent of Grand Marnier, see Curaçao.
Finals: Warm, more orange candied fruit jelly's mouth.

Comments: A very nice whisky, a real charmer.

88/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by jmputz
Color: Gold
The first nose is quite discreet then pretty and very cool fruity fragrances appear. A kind of mixture of green apple and right ripe banana. The nose is very pleasant if not complex.
The first impression in the mouth is also enjoyable. Alcohol is present but feel perfectly integrated. Here too, nice fruity notes and a little more complex than the nose. In the beginnig pleasant acidity takes over eventually settle down and give way to more fruity sweetness.
The finish is long and fresh. Again fruits clearly dominate.
87/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Jeep
Nose: Alcohol which is fairly good emerging. Apple and lots of pear. Aeration helps enhancing, lemon is clearly present. Very nice acidity. It remains me of a gueuze (beer, eh!)
Palate: Round, but undeniably young: pear first and mirabelle brandy (plum). Alcohol is clearly present although it is relatively well integrated. The mouth also looks like a lambic ...
Finish: Moderately long on the lemon.
Conclusion: A well done (very) young malt. Alcohol is a little too obvious on the nose, but this is a very interesting malt.
86/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Corbuso
Colour: Straw
Nose: Oaky to very oaky, intense, slightly malty and floral, on vanilla and some smoky notes. It needs some water to release the diverse fragrant and peaty notes.
Taste: Young, slightly dry, with some cooked fruits, speat smoke, light bitter, fragrant and floral flavours. Diluted, it becomes peatier. The finish is medium, rather light, fragrant, on peat smoke and a slight bitterness and astringence.
Impression: Close at first nosing straight, the delivery on the palate is a good surprise, offering a rather complex and elegant range of flavours. Most enjoyable with a dash of water.

85/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Jean-Michel
Colour: Straw.

Nose: Young and fresh, led by a rather pleasant grassy and clean fuitiness. Gooseberries, Green apples (Granny Smith), unripe pineapple, and a little melon. And perhaps a slight honeydew after a while. Quite sharp and alcoholic, with a balance on the edge. Simple but not unpleasant.

Mouth: Sweeter on the palate than on the nose, with a better balance (54%?). Much oakier too, with quite some soft liquorice. Becomes more citrusy now (grapefruit), and a little green tea. And a slight salty tang.

Finish: Medium long, dry, with rather heavy tannins and a few bitter herbs.

Comment: A rather naked malt with a discreet coastal influence, not unlike some Bourbon-matured HP or Bunnahs.

84/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Amor57
We begin tasting in a smoky room where a big wet log is burning in the fireplace. It is not unpleasant, but a little - how to say - suffocating. Fortunately someone opens the window and aromas of melted butter, ginger and licorice can develop. Then vanilla comes and strengthened, with red fruit, dried grass or hay. But what pleases me is the redcurrant jelly with remote pine. On the palate, it is sweet with a little bitterness, coffee, caramel and spice rub apple cider and oak - one we made ​​barrels. The final, of average length, is almost modeled on the nose with his association bitterness and acidity, tempered by a hint of vanilla.
A simple whuisky, with a nice nose but the rest was difficult to follow.
84/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by mapi
Color: light gold with brown highlights low

Nose: The nose opens on caramel apples on any statement by a score of parsley or freshly cut grass. It then evolves on fresh caramel which gives a nice creamy feel.

Palate: The sweetness quickly gives way to spicy alcohol. This gives pep whiskey. Back then the salted butter caramel. the last part brings notes of tea.

Finish: The finish is medium, caramelized then on roasted coffee bean.

All makes this whisky a bit monotonous. Damage.
84/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Jbrice
Nose: Demonstrates suffer initially. Opens on flowers, dried apricots, honey. After some time of aeration, the whisky shows lemony mineral side. Maybe a little vanilla. Fairly standard in the end.

Palate: Explosive and concentrated! It is even very surprising given the "classicism" of the nose. At first, they are candied fruit stand to let then place the yeast, beer and spices (cumin, cloves). Little bitterness in the finish.

Finish: Long aromas on the mouth.

Comments: Really surprising. The nose has lovely aromas but conventional. The mouth is very good. I prefer the mouth to the nose, which is so rare that it deserves to be highlighted.
83/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Malt1972
Colour: straw
Taste: nose starts sweet and fragrant. Mango, lychee and passion fruit. Some anise as well. Later on notes of hay and heather. Interesting and complex nose.
Nose: warm mouth feel although the whisky is light in structure. Bitter-sweetness with some green tea flavour. Fruitiness again and pepper.
Finish: medium long, quite dry, slightly bitter.

Comment: unfortunately the taste cannot fulfil the expectations of the nose. Overall not bad though.

83/100
WDTS2013-01
Commentaire de Dagde
Nose: The nose opens with rose water before quickly shrivel on a more homogeneous model. There is at this stage a return of hazelnut cream and yellow fruit with honey in the background. There is also a little lemon in the actually quite melted nose.

Taste: The malt commence hostilities then adding the coated hazelnut honey. This brings a little balance. While simple, but not bad with a floral still significant presence. Alcohol is very present, water should help to revelate the actual character of this whisky. However, it distorts the roundness while calming.

Final: The final is present. We find the same flavors as the mouth pulling the flower a little sickening at the very end.

Comment: A too spirity whisky in the mouth and whose dilution is vitiated by a regrettable drying. Too bad because the presence honey was nice.
83/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by RX21
Colour: Straw
Nose: Fruty on the apricots
Mouth: acidulous sweets, cherry
Finish: On Morello cherries

83/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Piazzolla
Nose: Attack on a (beautiful) note of fragrance for man! Marin, spicy floral ... can also be evanescent at aeration and it is frustrating. Unusual and quite attractive anyway. A little too lightweight nonetheless.
Mouth rich texture, round, more notes of ripe fruit (or candied) than at the nose. Kirch. Surprising. A little spicy.
Final: average and rather aromatic
Conclusion atypical malt for several reasons. Deserves that one is interested even if it is ultimately slightly disappointing ...
82/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by ALouis
Colour: Pale gold
Nose: rather thin on the pear, sugar, cereals and almond paste.
Taste: Quite sweet too, almond paste, sugar brioche, white fruit and some spice in the background.
Final: medium on sugar.
81/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Singlemalt71
Nose: Slightly fruity, somewhat grainy and herbal.

Taste: A combination of some acid, sweetness and bitterness, which quickly follow each other in this order.

Finish: Medium long and spicy.

80/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Dede
Color: white wine
Nose: It does not tell much at first. A bit pear syrup, and especially the smell of freshly copy outlet Mimeo (alcohol duplicator for Fench speaking readers), mixture of ink, alcohol and paper. After aeration, a little Turkish delight with rose.
Palate: The attack is soft, texture is relatively fat. It remains in the sweet, sweet, with a little side bonus of soap. Candy, cotton candy, a little white pepper, peach pits.
Finish: Medium length, its intensity decreases rapidly. It is more bitter and green than the mouth suggested.

Conclusion: Not my kind of dram, however, it may appeal to lovers of sweets.
79/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Flonews
Color: very pale gold

Nose: very hard alcohol. Asks aeration or dilution. Over time, very floral notes appear followed by hints of vanilla with a woody base. With water, flowers and lighten a more acid is taking place. White flesh fruit becomes present.

Mouth: The mouth is fleeting, but with time and water, all switch to a fruit brandy, pear instead. It requires a lot of water to reveal the basis of fruit.

Final: fairly short, especially on the fruit with a hint of acidity.

Difficult by the level of alcohol, adding water is quite complex. However, develop in the fruit is interesting and makes it rather enjoyable. But it is not long enough to really win.
78/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by wiski
Colour: Pale gold.

Nose: fir, coniferous, dry grass but remains rather discreet nose first. It opens slowly on more floral notes (lavender). Adding a dash of water brings more notes and fresh vegetable, mineral. Minty. Fishing. Closed without enough water ... With water with citrus lemon in particular are present, with fresh acidity.

Palate: The palate is spicy first, then herbaceous and woody. Slightly bitter. With water, more consistency, very focused on the lemon, hot spices.
75/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Roblanza
color: hay
nose: vanilla and fresh wood, sweets and wet stuff (maybe dog), some marzipan.
taste: very mild but not really exciting, some daft attic aromas and vanilla, the finish is short and again with some 'wet dog' kind of flavors. Not my 'cup of tea'

75/100
WDTS2013-01
Comment by Savoureur
appearance: Riesling
nose: low intensity, fairly well integrated alcohol after 10 minutes of breathing, dusty, fresh grains, fruits (especially cherries), grappa
taste: low intensity, rather bad integrated alcohol (alcoholic tingling), fruity, grappa, bitterness
finish: short

72/100

Aberlour: not in collection

Aberlour

A'Bunadh, batch 24

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
60,2 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry Oloroso
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength (Batch #24)
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Forum 86/100
Personal Comment

Aberlour

A'Bunadh, batch 17

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
60,2 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry Oloroso
Particularity
(Batcch #17)
links & average quote
79/100
Abbunad'h Aberlour
Personal Comment
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour.: Red Golden, Mahogany Nose.: Vanilla, liquorice and walnuts in a little strange but very interesting harmony, later delicate notes of crushed red pepper with cocoa appear. Palate: the 60,2% are rolling in with some heftiness, stingy coppery, metallic note add with the wood and sherry aromes. The malt cannot really get through successfully, so a impression of a soft disbalance leaves its marks. Finish: after a massive crescendo the malts finally beats through and dominates a long and warm finish. A strong bottle but the second dram is much more fulfilling.
79/100

Aberlour

A'Bunadh, batch 20

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
60,5 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Sherry Oloroso
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength (Batch #20)
links & average quote
90/100
Personal Comment
Date of tasting: 31/10 2007 Apperance: A very deep copper with henna notes Nose: Fruity and winey notes. Plums and raisins, some rubber. The straight nose has astonishingly little prickle for being at 60% abv. Dryish wood and some fragrant fabric softener notes. Reduced to nosing strength it lends more fresh fruit, citric notes and just a hint of lavendar. Peppery and leafy with some toffee. Curiously cooling. While the straight nose was deeply sherried the reduced nose is very fresh, but over time it seems to want to return to it's sherried beginnings. Body: Quite heavy and oily. Palate: Lots of dried fruits carries over. Deep, sherried notes on an oily background. The reduced dram doesn't feel that astonishing but has lots of pleasant Speyside characteristics. It's ! a rich and sweet fruitcake with a pretty long finish which reveals some honey first, then some drying wood and ends with a prickling reminder of sherry. Luxurious.
90/100

Aberlour

Gifted Stills 1998

Collection
Gifted Stills
Age
9 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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84/100
Personal Comment

Aberlour

10 years, Sherry cask finish

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
sherry finish
links & average quote
80/100
Personal Comment

Aberlour

A'Bunadh, batch 23

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
60,2 %
Bottler
Official
links & average quote
Forum 88/100
Personal Comment

Aberlour

18 years

Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
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86/100
Personal Comment

Aberlour

14 y.o. 1996

Age
14 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Dewar Rattray
Cask
bourbon cask
Cask number
single cask 90081
Dates
Distil: 15/02/1996 Bottling: 9/08/2010
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
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83/100
Personal Comment

Aberlour

A'Bunadh, batch 46

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
60,7 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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87/100
Personal Comment

Aberlour

16 years, hand filled at the distillery

Collection
Batch A14
Age
16 ans
Taux d'alcool
59,1 %
Embouteilleur
Officiel
Fût
Sherry Cask
Bouteille
76 de
Particularité
Brut de fût non filtré à froid
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Forum 90/100
Personal Comment
Commentaire de Nulty
Goûté en aveugle.

Nez : très joli sherry, fin et délicat. Figues, dattes, fleurs discrètes. Cacao, poudre de noisettes, cannelle. Délicat boisé en toile de fond. Conserve de cerises. Légèrement souffré. Terre sèche, un peu de fumée de barbecue, une pointe alcooleuse tout de même.
Bouche : plus gourmande que le nez, texture épaisse presque sirupeuse. Belles épices, anis étoilé, cannelle, poivre. Pommes caramélisées, un peu de poires. Cacao, praline.
Délicatement boisé, belle puissance.
Finale : longue, épicée, sur le cacao.

Un très bel équilibre pour ce whisky aromatique, structuré, puissant. Fin et complexe.

90/100

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