Tasting the 16 now and I'm pleasantly suprised nice sweet round full nose, less sherried but older, very nice.
Can't find info on the Aberlour site on this one. Is this beauriful whisky of the shelve before I even got one?
Nose - Full on sherry, fruit cake, sultanas, mint
Taste - Woah. Sweet. Sultanas. A touch of oak to show some older elements. A touch nippy sweety (from the strength), black pepper, hold on to your hat, chair etc
Finish - Pepper, delicious, fading slowly, then a touch of cooling (thank you) mint at the end
Comment - Another excellent and consistent dram, this one grabs you and doesn't let go. Very deep. Yet another bottle for the list (I'd better make some room)
It was a concious decision when Pernod Ricard bought the distillery in 1975 to go down the line of using a higher than normal percentage os sherry matured casks.
It offers a more traditional taste with a sweeter and fuller taste than many of our neighbours. This choice has worked as Aberlour is now the biggest selling malt in France, the global n0.1 malt market.
Bourbon matured examples do exist but are more IB versions, we have a house character in what we produce and want to stay with that.
What happened with the 16, is it out if the range? It is pictured on the Aberlour home page but noyhing more than that.
We had to wait a long time to see a 18yo Aberlour. Can we expect some older bottling or some single cask bottlings?
No the 16yo remains a permanent part of the range, perhaps Pernod Ricard Netherlands have something to do with the availabality.
There are no plans for any older extensions to the Aberlour Family though we are considering a few single casks though these would probaly only be available at the distillery.
A batch of A'Bunadh is around 27,000 to 28,000 bottles ata time. Its very hard to say how many casks as no batch is the same, really depends how much older or younger stock is in the vatting.
I would call this winey. I mean that in a good way. I'm smelling sultana's and Oloroso. White chocolate int he finish, I must be crazy...
Have to compare this to other A'bunadhs but sofar this is great.
I have a close 20 and a 8 standing in front of me. I'll open the 20, so I can buy a second one if I like it.
mikeymad wrote:I did love the smell of shortbread in the town of Aberlour (for those that know)
Last time I was there I brought back loads of the mini chocolate chip... Everyone in the office loved it!
Oak Woody Floral, Brown sugar, bananna, and believe this or not pre packed celery from the supermarket.
Treacle, Toffee, (burnt) chilli heat which mellows out.
Not a long finish
A little richer more depth and complex, sweet tobacco, Get this Leather like when you go into Timpsons shoe repairers.
Taste Raisins especially like the little packets of sun maid raisins. Sticky toffee pudding.
A longer finish.
Guys these are the observations of the Caddington Jury on an away fixture. I look forward to reading what else you have to say. As I'm away it would be rude to contribute more. Hope the rest of the evening goes well.
Please let me know, if I am around I will join in but if not will certainly catch up afterwards.
Couple of things in the pipeline for the distillery shop only but sorry to say I cant mention any more at this time.
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