Review: Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Sherry & Refill Casks; 12 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Aberlour (Aberlour, Scotland)

This really is a classic - an easy, accessible (in terms of distribution and cost), and well made sherried single malt. I like it more than the 10, and I often recommend it. Nice bottle, too.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: LKPK 0871 2016/03/01 14:30

  • Bottling Date: 2016

Not as overtly sherried as the 10 Year Old, but immediately more complex and a bit funkier - though a step below the 16 in complexity and balance. Oak, parmesan, and some very nice dried fruit - cherries, apricots, and raisins. The palate has honey, smoky oak, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a finish that slowly unpacks into oak and spice. For a whisky that isn’t finished or matured in new oak, I am surprised at the amount of oak in the whisky, but it works quite well here. I always find that aberlour does some terrific work with sherry casks – the quality of the sherry is always brilliant in my experience with the distillery.

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

Value: Average at $65.