Yesterday I had a report on my recent visit to Aberlour. Today I have a review of their 10 yo whisky. I believe this is their current entry-level malt. It’s been a long time since I last tasted this whisky*, which comprises spirit married in bourbon and sherry casks and is generally fairly priced. Well the 10 yo was part of the tasting at the end of the tour as well, but I didn’t taste it then, as I was driving after. The sample I took away didn’t make much of an impression but it was a very small pour—much too small for a review. But as luck would have it the friend we stayed with in London for a few days after our Scotland trip had a bottle open and so I tried it a couple of times and wrote my notes up. Here they are.
*Potential correction: this may actually have been my first time trying this whisky. I think it’s the Aberlour 12 that’s more widely available in the US and that I’d last tried some years ago.
Aberlour 10 (43%; from a friend’s bottle)
Nose: Mellow sherry with orange peel, honey and a mild metallic note to the fore. On the second sniff there’s more oak and some caramel. A little creamier with a drop of water.
Palate: Blank to start and then there’s a hit of wood and not much else. Okay, on the second sip there’s some of the orange from the nose. The texture is fairly thin. With time there’s some flickers of sweeter wood but also more than a hint of wood. Water pushes the oak back some.
Finish: Medium. Spicy oak and nothing else. The wood gets more astringent with time. As on the palate with water.
Comments: The action is mostly on the nose. There’s nothing of interest on the palate. On the plus side, it’s inoffensive and they’re not asking a lot of money for it. Better with water, I thought.
Rating: 78 points.