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Before I start I would like to say that this has not been an easy review to write. For a long time I just sat staring at the computer with no words coming to mind for me to type. I at first thought this was writers block...check out how pretentious I am getting in my old age...however, I now realise it was the product that was causing the problems.
Aberlour 10 Year Old Whisky is a good whisky. And that was my problem, I really do feel I could stop the review now with those nine words! However, you obviously need to know more than simply that and why that is the case, so here goes.
Lets start with that all important sniff. This is a very dry whisky, very reminiscent of the sherry oak cask that it is matured in. Fruit is also a main factor in the aroma and that makes this a very sweet smelling whisky. To sum up this section I would say that this whisky smells like you would expect a whisky to smell.
Taste? The first thing that you notice is the smotthness of the whisky, it doesn't so much assalt you as caress you. Once again you are reminded of the fruit with pear and apple tones being the order of the day. I am going to say this again though as this is going to be my main point later, this whisky tastes exactly like a whisky is supposed to taste.
How about that all important finish? Once again I would simply like to say that yes it has a finish. It is long, soft and warming, just as a whisky should be.
And that really is the main problem with this whisky. It is a good whiskey. The description says that this is a definitive example of a Speyside Single Malt and that is exactly what it is, it is a whisky. However, it is not a memorable one.
I first encountered this whisky at a pub, and as I recall now I enjoyed it, abd then thought nothing more of it. My next experience was buying a bottle for a holiday from a supermarket. I saw it, I know that I had tasted this whisky before but I couldnt remember where, and I had no recallection of it so I thought I would give it a go again. That bottle is long gone and now that I come to write this review, I couldn't for the life of me remember it. It took this long mulling it over to recall it and to have an opinion of it.
Don't get me wrong this is not a negative review. Aberlour is not a bad whiskey. It does exactly what it says on the bottle. It is a 10 year old Speyside single malt, but that is all that it is. Don't expect fireworks with this bottle.
In my mind a great whisky is one that leaves you with a memory, the place you drank it, the people you were with, the reason it was good, heck I can remember the atmosphere at the time of drinking a great whisky. Aberlour does not give you that. It is a good whisky to introduce whisky to friends or as a bottle to take on holiday with people that drink whisky but dont love whisky.
Picking this out from the shelf you are looking for a deep red cylinder box with the white label. If you are looking to buy this whisky it is available online from the Aberlour website (www.aberlour.com) for £23.00. Alternatively Sainsbury's currently have it on offer at £16.99. My local whisky shop I have not asked what he sells it for, and I don't think I will be doing.
Dont get me wrong, I don't hate this whisky by any imagination, I merely don't love it either. It's middle of the road. A safe whisky.
This is a definitive example of a Speyside Single Malt. It is matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon oak casks for a minimum of 10 years. Usually I am not a fan of Speyside Whisky but this time I did really enjoy this Whisky.
Colour: Nice Dark Amber
Flavors: Sweet, slghtly peaty, hints of vanilla and melon. Very inviting aroma.
Not the best finish ever, lacks the warmth of similar whisky's, there are some pleasent flavors left when you have fininshed this one but it just feels like it is lacking something.
Price wise it tends to be quite reasonable, you can usually pick up a bottle for around £22. I got a bottle on offer from a supermarket for just £17 which I thought was a real bargain. So shop around. As for value, its not to bad, there are better whiskys out there but as this is quite cheap its not a bad option.
There are other versions of Aberlour, these are apparently much better. You can get hold of, 15 year old sherry cask version. Aberlour a'bunadh batches 15 or 16 which are single cask strenth versions. These are both very strong Whiskys but very nice!
Overall this is a good whisky if your a new whisky drinker. Its not to complicated, there are some nice flavors in there and should be enjoyed by most newbies. However if you have been drinking whisky for a long time, you will probably find this whisky is just lacking something. Can't quite put my finger on what, maybe you should just try it and decide for yourself!
The River Spey, Scotland's fastest running river is famous for two things. Wild Scottish Salmon is a delicacy unrivalled by any other fish, but it is the 46 distilleries situated along its banks for which the Spey is better known. Speyside whiskies are typically sweet and contain very little, if any peat. Their aroma is often compared to that of a solvent and they frequently have a strong perfume. The distillery was founded by the Grant family at the start of the 19th century, it has since been rebuilt due to at least one fire and subsequently expanded to cope with demand. In the 1970's the distillery was taken over by Pernod Ricard, a French concern, which is a marriage made in heaven if you consider the traditional dislike of the French and Scots for us Sassenachs! The fine product of this distillery is most often found in its ten year old form. It has a wonderfully deep amber, almost honey like colour. Aged in bourbon and sherry casks which give this excellent dram its maltiness and sweetness respectively, it is full bodied and well balanced. The nose is fruity and spicy with an almondy scent thrown in for good measure. It is very smooth and creamy with a lingering taste. The influence of the cask is fairly obvious as it develops to a long smooth sherried finish. This is an excellent young malt. Good value for money and perilously drinkable!
This is a definitive example of a Speyside Single Malt. It is matured in a combination of sherry and bourbon oak casks for a minimum of 10 years.