Back to my review of 10 year olds and back to Scotland. This time the review is from the prolific Speyside area with a single malt from Aberlour.
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Style: Single Malt
Age: 10 years
Aberlour is situated at the junction of the Rivers Lour and Spey. James Fleming founded the Aberlour Distillery in 1879 and in 1898 a fire destroyed several of the distillery buildings and most of the whisky stocks.
Most Aberlour single malts are double cask matured. The whisky is matured separately in a mix of rare, expensive and specially selected ex-sherry butts and ex-bourbon casks to ensure a perfect balance of flavours. The other ingredient is the atmosphere at Aberlour. The soft, Scottish air permeates the casks and works on the whisky to create its smooth, perfectly rounded taste. But before the air there is water, and at Aberlour they use the crystal-clear spring water that cascades down the slopes of Ben Rinnes, and makes its way from there along the Lour Valley to the distillery.
Quite fitting then as ‘Aberlour’ is a gaelic word meaning ‘mouth of the chattering burn [stream]’.
Colour: A lovely warm deep gold.
Nose: Dried fruits (mostly pears, apples and apricot), stewed fruits, Wilson’s mint toffee. A sweet, rich, Christmas cake with some nuttiness around.
Palate: Very similar to the nose. Christmas spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), nuttiness, sherried fruitcake with a slight spicy bite on the tip of your tongue. Superbly smooth and balanced.
Body: Full bodied with many medium legs.
Finish: Warm and drying with a long soft and gentle lingering sweet spiciness (nutmeg and white pepper).
Overall: This is a whisky that is refined and very approachable as well as being wonderfully balanced. It is a delightful and rich dram with that has a sweet spicy profile throughout. One that readily reminds me of those family visits over Christmas time.
My Score: 82