Thursday, January 5, 2012

Aberlour 10yr old

A peruse through my dad's whisky collection enabled me to move up market from my previous two Dramcember posts. The Aberlour 10yr old (£25 at Whisky Exchange or $54 at Dan Murphy's) is another whisky that I haven't tried before.

It's the second Aberlour to be reviewed in Dramcember after the Baron posted his thoughts on the Aberlour A'Bunadh a few days ago.

Matured in sherry and bourbon casks
Alcohol: 40%
Location/region: Speyside

I found the Aberlour a sophisticated whisky with everything seemingly taking place just under the radar. I didn't detect any big flavour profiles, but at the same time my palate was being tingled and teased. The sign of a very good master blender?

Nose: Dry, pear? salty? Sherry cask coming through.

Palate: Dry, smooth, touch of caramel, vanilla, lightly spiced which quickly fades.

Finish: Medium, soft, gently fading fruit and caramel

This isn't a whisky I'd rave about and tell friends they had to try it. But if I wanted to reach for a easy going but interesting whisky to unwind with after a hard day I'd happily reach for the Aberlour.

I'd be interested to know if any other DTWC members had tried the Aberlour 10yr old and what their thoughts on the whisky were.

If I was to give a dram I'd say four lightening bolts out of seven.

The Converted