Review: Aberlour 16 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Sherry & First fill bourbon barrels; 16 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Aberlour (Aberlour, Scotland)

This is just a terrific bottling - I am always glad when I can find it and often pick it up for tastings when I see it. In ontario, it is generally significantly cheaper than the 18 year old, for whatever reason.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: LKPH 4294 2014/10/30 13:05

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Apple, malt, and sherry notes all balanced very nicely with the oak. A few of those cheesy sherry notes. A different beast, obviously than A'Bunadh (perhaps the first thing folks think when they hear Aberlour) - not as sherried, but more balanced and the oak is nicely integrated within. On the palate, big but restrained, with white raisin, dark chocolate, a very light integration of oak and tannin, honey, apple, and some clove. The sherry comes out nicely on the finish alongside wildflower honey and cinnamon and even a touch of dried (unsweetened) mango. Very moreish. This one has not disappointed me!

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). At the top of this category, too.

Value: Average at $90. Not bad in terms of Scotch, though, especially old stuff…