Yet another iconic whisky that took me a long while to try. Aberlour is a Speyside distillery well known for making a very rich malt that works very well with sherry. The majority of their OB expressions have a sherry finish or contain some sherry matured spirit, but this small batch NAS release is matured entirely in ex-Oloroso casks.
It’s an annual release, always bottled at cask strength and while there is some batch variation they generally do a good job of keeping it consistently good. I have tried this before but never had the chance to take notes, so I was really happy to find this one sitting on the shelf in the VIP area at Whisky Live last month.
Aged 3 years *. 60.2% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.
*for lack of age statement
Nose: Dirty sherry. Red fruits. Raspberry vinegar. Bit of nutty funk. Espresso. Ruby grapefruit.
Palate: Nutty sherry, quite rich. Oranges. Milk chocolate. Matches.
Finish: Long. Matches. Espresso. Slight dry, but a good dose of juicy red fruits.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
VFM: N/A (This particular batch is no longer on the market, but contemporary batches are quite decently priced).
This is the epitome of a sherry bomb. Huge notes and that lovely dry gunpowdery sherry. I did find a bit of a bite to this, but nothing that would put me off from the massive flavours this thing is dishing out. This really is top class whisky .