Review: Aberlour 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Sherry & Refill Casks; 10 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Aberlour (Aberlour, Scotland)

Another Speyside whisky labeled as a highland, harking back to the old definition of Highland when the Lowlands were distilling terrible whisky and the good stuff was coming illicitly from the Highlands. The name of the distillery itself means mouth of the babbling brook. This 10 year old is the base expression, matured in a combination of refill and sherry casks - Aberlour is perhaps best known for its terrific sherry matured spirit. The lower end of the Aberlour range is generally very good and very inexpensive, relatively - I often recommend their 10 and 12 year old to people looking for a good reasonably priced Scotch Single Malt.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: LKRJ 3033 2015/07/30 21:23

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Lots of honey, vanilla, and sherry, emanating from the nose. Lightly meaty, but not in a bad sense – i.e. the sherry is quite heavy and dark – and also in a bad way with some light spicy bitterness which isn’t the most pleasant. It gets a bit better as it opens up. Cinnamon, baking spice cake and oak. The palate is fairly full bodied – lots of sherry and cinnamon, and a very nice undertone of honey, prunes, parmesan, with some oak right on the very end finishing up in oak and honey.

For a nicely sherried, relatively inexpensive whisky, this would be the pick.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $60. About the same value as the 12 for the price increment, in my rating scheme.