Nose: Sweet and full. Sherried raisins, hints of toffee and a pleasant nuttiness.
Palate: Quite full-bodied, spicy rich fruitcake, toffee notes and a creamy malty-feel and the vaguest whisper of something akin to synthetic banana.
Finish: Caramel and honey, the malt still evident and the sweet spices still linger.
Overall: Lovely and rich.
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This is an excellent example of classic Speyside flavours fruity, rich, honeyed caramel. The price makes it very accessible it definitely benefits from a few minutes to relax. Just a shame that cheaper whiskies always get these reviewers comparing them to some much more expensive and exotic Whiskies, what is the point in even mentioning an (oft overrated) 12 year old Laphroaig in the same breath as a 25 quid 10 year volume produced speyside. There isn't any point at all in mentioning them, different style, different price different. comparing to a glenfarclas maybe, i think its holds its own against a Glenfarclas 12 personally. very decent stuff and something i would be happy to recommend at £25 or under
23rd April 2015
Was unsure at first what I would get. Overall I found it pleasant, smooth, with just the right warmth. Good for the price.
11th April 2015
I managed to see this on my local paper-shop's shelf for £15! Think he'd mis-priced so I grabbed it for a test. When I first smelt it I thought "oh God, I'm in for a rough old ride. But the taste was warm,nutty, peaty and the after-taste was the best...a long slow warm honey glaze down the throat. Others feel the same on the nose - so I am happy they keep their hands away. Nowhere near my Laphroaig 12 yr old and even at £20 - this is a good general whiskey for the cabinet.
28th March 2015
I've been enjoying scotch for many years and I have enjoyed the best and the worst. This dram is still enjoyable and under appreciated. Drink it neat and you will understand.
15th March 2015
For £20 what do you expect? On the nose its sherry and caramel. The palate has toffee and warm spices. A reasonably long malt and sherry-driven finish that's not unpleasant, though it is a very simple malt. Pairing with food brings out some character, for example some banana and coconut ice cream helps accentuate the positive characteristics. I do prefer a punchier dram, I could drink this with dinner like a wine and not bat an eyelid! Would benefit from some peat!
4th March 2015
Good tasting malt, just lacking in character. This is the type of dram you would enjoy at a wedding or on an evening out with friends. I like to drink my whisky with a book, by the fire and to give the whisky my full attention when sipping. This whisky is 'nice' (dried fruit, smooth aftertaste, apricot/oak nose), just lacking in depth.
22nd January 2015
sure it's nothing special, but for £20 it's great! wouldn't compare it to a blend, everyone who has ought to try this alongside a cheap blend and think again!
21st January 2015
Oh my lord. No better than Teacher's. Thankfully I was given it. Treating it as blended is the only thing to do with it. Terrible malt.
31st December 2014
30th December 2014
Delicious-vanilla,toffee,liquorice on nose
12th December 2014
Cant wait to try it...I,m more of a Bushmills Man, and i love it....! Scotch...! hmmmm. this one sounds good. Can't wait to try it. All me Friends Drink Buchanan's or Glenlivet...Ok...!Glenlivet is good,and the other one, does "WELL" ring a Bell....?Not....!. I don't like it. Cant Wait.....!
7th December 2014
This is a smooth, deep flavoured whiskey and one of my favourites. I think for the price when on offer it's extraordinary value but even at full cost you will not be disappointed. Not smokey but smooth and unlike Laphroaig, which is another love of mine will not grow hair on your back.
1st December 2014
I was introduced to Aberlour with the a'Bunadh Batch #47. It's a fantastic cask-strength whisky (non-chill filtered & natural colouring), I wont review it here.My hopes were high for their young single malt. Full, but little complexity. The rush of wooded-sherry/toffee is quite rough and "casky" if you know what I mean. It does tend to soften if you let it breathe for a bit; a teaspoon of water even at only 40% does open it up and seems to tame the young whisky. Spend another £15 on a bottle of the a'Bunadh or grab a 15yr GlenDronach if you want a good sherried whisky at a reasonable price.
17th November 2014
Honest, i agree that this is a reasonable whiskey. It does everything right and doens't take any risk to get exeptional, therefor certainly not a 5 star. This whiskey is everyones friend. You just can't go wrong.
15th November 2014
One of the best malts I have tasted
10th November 2014
Neither reaches the heights nor plumbs the depths, IMO this is a good session whisky that gains a little complexity in an open glass and when sprinkled with a couple of drops of water, it softens nicely.
4th November 2014
This one made my days, before. It was the best price-quality ratio... And then it went down to 40% (it was 43% before), and tastes now like a bitter and stinky blend. Furthermore, its price rised from 19 to 25€. Never again. By the way, do someone know why the damn 40% ?
26th October 2014
I know, I was shocked when tasted this malt few days ago. Aberlour 10 yo used to be excellent fruity, sherried malt in this price range, but definitely not anymore. This current batch is really, really badly sulfured, a real stink bomb. The sulfur comes from bad sherry cask and therefore affects the whole batch not only individual bottles. Avoid at all cost!
12th October 2014
used to like this brand but just got a bottle and its not what i remember, very bitter aftertaste, put me off this one.
9th October 2014
My first step on the ladder, after 3 drams i opted for a dribble of quality H2o and that really opened the door of enjoyment, after 2 hours of trying for bannana the bottle along with my legs had gone. A most pleasant and fulfilling experience, really like this one.
5th October 2014
I just like it. Tastes like a nice scotch. Great value, great taste. Not harsh, good body, nice finish. "Like"!
30th September 2014
Great, reminds me of Christmas, warming, rich, fruity fantastic single malt enjoying every drop. Will defiantly have a bottle in for the festive season
27th September 2014
Surprised at the quality of this for the money. Lovely stuff.
18th September 2014
Lovely whisky, really great for the price with a full rich flavour. Usually go for Glenlivit 15 yr but this is just as good.
12th September 2014
Very nice indeed. One of the best bourbon-sherried malts in this price range. Just wonder what this one could be in 46 %, un-chillfiltered and natural color?
27th August 2014
By far one of my favorite go-tos when in Scotland. I appreciate the medium bodied maltiness, a warm and inviting friend with plenty of characteristic caramel, but the right balance, which makes it easy to enjoy anytime. I can't wait to have it shipped back to the US...
14th August 2014
lovely toffee nose, new to Scotch but will come back to this as a staple no doubr
12th August 2014
With superb quality akin to sherry cask Scots malts such as Glenfarclas or Dalmore this is my 'house whisky' of choice. Just ordered 6 bottles. That way the rest of my Aberlour 12 stands a chance of lasting a while longer. For smoke, I go to Ardbeg or Lagavulin ( alas the Bowmore Mariner has all gone ) but for sherry cask this excellently priced treat just can't be beat for the price.
4th August 2014
An ideal initiation malt due to lack of after burn and one which is difficult to better-hooked.
4th July 2014
This is simply one of the best single malts for the money. I can't really fault this for £23 so it gets a 9/10 from me.
28th June 2014
A very good classic Speysider.Good value,good quality and well made. What more do you want at this price.A great allrounder.
20th June 2014
A good, solid go-to single malt - smooth, fruity and quite rich, and excellent value. And it introduced me to the wider Arberlour range, for which I will be forever grateful.
5th June 2014
This is a very pleasant whisky, and has been a staple for me in the past. I recommend it especially to whisky beginners. However it has become a little boring for me now. Doesn't quite have the character of BenRiach 12 which is a similar price. Nevertheless one can't argue it's good value for money.
For the price I paid I'm happy but its a bit safe. Nice dried fruit flavours but after a few drams you realise thats all folks. My second bottle into my journey of beginners whisky discovery after famous grouse(ok ok you have to start somewhere) and I think I'll be trying something like Laphroaig or Talisker next for some contrast and more adventurous flavours. ..tips welcome!
16th May 2014
Wonderful Whisky for the price.
1st May 2014
That's what this tastes like, why do distillers increasingly make all their malts taste like sherry, if I wanted Bristol Cream I would go and buy some! Maybe the fire peat and smoke old whisky taste is too much for the international crowd this whisky is aimed at. Pernod Ricard aim mostly to sell in France and Asia, and they cater to them.
30th April 2014
Sorry to state the obvious, but re: the reviewer below - they did tell you something about the dram - It tastes of synthetic banana! Too bad if your taste receptor proteome is different and can't detect it.
20th April 2014
I find the 10 year old to be a little bland. Though, I have been drinking the 16 and 18 which are both supreme malts, so I may just be comparing. I would recommend the 12 over this.
17th April 2014
What on earth is meant by ' something akin to synthetic banana?!! Just what is a synthetic banana? Why can't reviewers stay grounded in reality? Tell me something about the whisky, for --- sake!
23rd March 2014
with nice nutty notes and mellow sweetness. a must try for any whisky drinker.
17th March 2014
This is my favorite scotch. But alas o cam't find it in the US southeast. I have one bottle that i have hidden away a bottle for years and i am saving it for a special occasion. So smooth without the after bite that is get from other scotch.
2nd March 2014
Candied peel nose and a nuttiness, is it almond or maybe toasted hazelnut? Plate is caramel with added spice, finish is almost Xmas cakey. Perhaps I am overly fond of this as it was my gateway into single malt whisky but I feel at this price it's incredible value.
10th February 2014
Good , powerful
29th January 2014
value and taste make it one of must have collection position. not like 12yrs but still amazing.
6th January 2014
Water ruins this one but neat it is pretty good.
5th January 2014
Generous nose, spiced fruits and vanilla. Sharp on the palate, honey, vanilla, nutmeg and lactone. Medium finish, nicely winding down with notes from the sherry and bourbon casking. Better than many a dram twice it's price!
2nd January 2014
Harsh. Silent but violent although great value for money!
19th December 2013
Very rich and mature for 10 years old. What seems to be important - very good value for money. After trying second time - impressions the same.
This 10 Year old Aberlour is my favourite Scotch. As a young builder I noticed that one of our customers who was a retired pilot kept cases of the stuff in his kitchen. I bought a bottle shortly afterwards and have been hooked ever since. I cannot get on with Islay whiskies or some of the other expensive malts but just love Aberlour.
10th December 2013
This is a very nice dram, has some harshness but in a good way, well balanced and flavour profile you would pick with a older bottling. Has a good rich nose and great flavour... Bit of a metallic tang on the finish but again not unpleasant. Highly impressive for its price point. Certainly a cut above most if the other supermarket malts and if on special it's a real bargin. Very good drop and great for this price point.... Top stuff...
6th November 2013
This is my first Single Malt bottle. I am wine drinker particularly Pinot Noir I have friends that convince me to try scotch and so far it's good. Though at first I really feel that sting sensation on your chest but after a couple shot it got a little better. This is sort of training scotch for me. I also bought the Macallan 12. Any advice much appreciated.
23rd October 2013
This is my first bottle of scotch and so far it's good for me after dinner. Tonight I had sushi and it's a good pairing. I still struggle on my first sip but after a couple it's really good so far. I also bought a 12 year Macallan this is sort of my training on Scotch drinking.
This is by far my favourite 10 year old whisky. The smoothness of it really makes it seem much older. It's my go to bottle when all out of Lagavulin.
22nd October 2013
I'll give it three stars. Perhaps the next bottle might get 4.
21st October 2013
I'm not a great fan of Aberlour 10 year old malt. I wouldnt knock it because others clearly enjoy it more than me. It seems a bit on the harsh side and perhaps a little bitter, too. Perhaps it lacks subtlety? But others rate it highly, so perhaps it's just the state of my palate at present and I'm missing something. I have an unopened bottle - perhaps I'll leave it for a month or two and see how it goes at Christmas!
I purchased a hogshead in 1989 for millenium delivery of 30 cases. They are almost gone and I want to see if your regular 10 year old is as great as that fabulous product!Bruce Andersen
2nd September 2013
I had a bit of trouble with this dram to begin with. At first it seemed congested and rather uninteresting. After a while however, and with just the right amount of water, it became gloriously mouth-coating and the most wonderful spices started appearing. There are even hints of barrel char from the bourbon casks. At 40%, chill-filtration, caramel and at this price you can't really expect astonishment but at this is a great dram for the money. will definitely be missed in my cabinet! Highly recommended
10th July 2013
How could one find fault with this?Absolutely delicious
26th May 2013
Came back for more. Becoming a favourite.
7th May 2013
For the money it has to be five star. Try it and see.
1st May 2013
When I first opened the bottle I got s trange whiff of something hard to explain. But once poured and drank neat it was very smooth and lovely, but also gave a slight after taste bite at the back of throat just a little which I liked. Enough so that it sort of eases you to take another drink. I found my self easilly having 3 or 4 drams and not even realising it. Very good whiskey for the price, I was lucky to purchase this on offer for £17.50 locally which was a real steal.
13th April 2013
I love this because the taste is right, and the price is right for a whiskey of this grade
25th January 2013
Very nice nose and palate, rich and quite complex, nuttiness, fruit, spice and toffee in abundance, as well as the banana taste....left with a slightly metallic tang which rather ruins it. Very smooth otherwise. Think I'll stick with others such as Glengoyne much nicer and longer finish than this.
24th January 2013
lovely whisky on of the best i have ever tasted
25th December 2012
Very light and smooth malt, notes of butter and toffee, soft finish. Despite i prefer stronger whisky, this is one of my more favourite speyside malts.
31st October 2012
...stuff to be sure.....as good as it gets at this age and price.Quite Bourbon like in the finish, which I like ......You will not be disappointed ...Struth
5th September 2012
A dram to enjoy at any time
29th August 2012
One of the best 10 year olds around, and at anywhere around £20/£25 pounds is worth a dabble....would not break my heart if I had to drink this all day.
18th August 2012
Sorry but the aftertaste from this whisky is nothing short of disgusting. This is the only whisky I've tasted that I would never buy or drink again. Strange chemical like taste. Maybe it was a bad bottle but never again. Such a disappointment as I love speyside malts. Lucky to get a rating of 1.
28th July 2012
I was really keen to try this, given its great value and the great reviews, but I was a bit disappointed. Nothing wrong with the nose - it's excellent, suggesting a sweet, smooth, full-bodied dram. But the palate was a let-down for me - there's an off note I don't quite agree with. Overall it seems a bit sharp, which is why I don't get why people call it 'smooth'. Maybe I need to get another bottle in case it was a bad batch.
2nd July 2012
The nose on this is complex and very interesting, but for some reason there was an off-note in the palate that didn't do it for me at all. I expected great things from this based on recommendations, but it was a bit disappointing in the end.
22nd June 2012
Drinking this right now and was curious if anyone else noticed the banana after taste, these tasting notes appeared in google :) This is definitely a great buy for the price, a bit fruitier than I was expecting but it was a pleasant surprise.
17th June 2012
I'm now on my second bottle and it's become my new go-to whisky, lovely to drink and not so expensive to worry about ordering more or saving it for a special occasion.
10th May 2012
Exceptionally young, but delivers a punch line. For a 10 YO, it displays depth, complexity and character. Great value too.
22nd April 2012
This is a great speysider, it is smooth and has a distinct character to it which sets it apart. The distillery is a wonderful place to go too if you get the chance. If you want a complex Aberlour offering, try the A'bunadh or better still the 16yo. True this one is not the most complex whisky and I am an islay fan myself, but as a great drink in general it is right up there and the circa £15 price tag you can pick it up for nowadays makes it totally worth every penny.
8th February 2012
Not very complex one , but very easy drinking with lost of frutty notes ,I should say I bought one on discount for 15 quid , you cant beat the price.
23rd November 2011
Lovely with a small cube of ice
22nd November 2011
As and everyday drink nothing beats it straight up no need for water or ice this has a perfect balance.
25th September 2011
The sherry and bourbon play well together. Enjoyable, but the finish is bit short. Still, excellent value for money.
28th August 2011
Just had half a bottle absolutley fantasic drink. Smooth and encouraging.great value Malt one of my favorites. :D
18th June 2011
An abshoolootly shwell drop of necta'if I don't shay sho myshelf. Sean Conerry.
2nd November 2010
This is about the best you can get at this age or price, smooth but complex.
17th September 2010
Absolutely stunning, beware this one is rich, but very nice
15th September 2010
Great after dinner, really well balanced, lots of delicious sherry and buttery notes to keep you interested. Definitely in my top 10 every day malts and tough to beat for the money.
31st July 2010
23rd December 2009