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The fantastic and always popular Aberlour 12 Year Old, matured in both traditional oak and sherry casks, now bottled at 40% abv.
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This is probably the smoothest single malt that I have tasted. I stumbled on it by accident when I saw it on offer in a supermarket at an irisistable price. I have enjoyed several bottles since.
14th October 2016
First of all, I'm a bourbon and Rye drinker and I prefer cask strength juice.That being said, I find this a nice flavorful dram and when I'm in the mood for a single malt (and can't afford A'bunadh) or just something a little less intrusive this is the bottle I reach for.
29th September 2016
Orange zest, cinnamon, toffee and deep sherry. Awesome stuff.
22nd September 2016
I've only sampled around 30 single malts and Aberlour is my favorite. I've had the 15 and 16 yr. old and I actually prefer the 12. Piney notes on the nose and finishes clean. Not complex but mellow and very satisfying. If you want an adventure, look elsewhere. There is genius in simplicity.
3rd September 2016
First you get a fresh whiff of fresh cut grass then the spicy oak and then the fruity sherry oak kicks in but when you taste it ohhh it's so balanced with chocolate oranges, dried figs and zesty spicyness and the finish fades with that spicy oaky notes which compliments it's layered character all in all I'm very satisfied with this dram it's my first taste of this so I'm now going to kick it a notch or 10 by buying the Al'bhunda series which from I can tell is a more intense dram and I'm going to buy all the batches because I want to get to know this dram a bit more so yes it's defiantly worth buying if you like Terry's chocolate orange (joking) but give it a go it's very soft and forgiving no harsh fineness at all ! And it's very tasty !!!
2nd July 2016
It's an OK Aberlour .. actually liked it beter than the 15 year .. but FAR prefer the Sherry Cask .. a lot smoother finish.However I'd never buy it at this price ... other suppliers can be far CHEAPER. Recently bought a 100cl bottle of 15 year Double Cask for €42.50 and 100cl 12 year Sherry Cask for €34.50.Therefor you have to be careful where to shop.
30th May 2016
Simply stunning whisky. Still processing what my senses are detecting but on the nose: dried fruit; orange and lemon/lime; then lovely almond cake/bakewell. On the palate elements of the above but mostly oak and vanilla with sweet spice then the with a light bitter finish.
16th May 2016
This is the first bottle I've purchased from this distillery and I am pretty impressed certainly gives Balvenie double wood a run for it's money in the realm of sherried 12 years.Smells like caramel candy with hints of cinnamon apple and raisins. Tastes like it smells with some vanilla and spices and fruit cake bit of citrus fruit maybe even some peaches and just a light hint of toasted oak with a nice butterscotch/raisin finish. An excellent dessert dram pretty close to Glenfarclas 12 and neck and neck with Balvenie double wood for me.Was hesitant to buy this because of mixed reviews on here but I am totally happy with this it's a wonderful very drinkable Speyside can't wait to try Abunadh.The Sugarbear
27th April 2016
don't get fouled, this whiskey tastes very common, proper highland single malt
22nd March 2016
This is a delightful single malt with much to offer in terms of smell and taste.You need to be a bit patient with it as it takes some time in the glass for it to develop properly. No need to add water, just give it a few minuts, and you will be rewarded. N: A big punch of vanilla, chocolate, sherry, orange peels, walnuts and a quite comforting presence of malt.B: Sour green apples at first, then sweet pears, that turns in to butterscotch. Very interesting indeed. F: Short. First sour, then sweet.Overall an interesting and terrific whiskey. Offers a lot of value for the money. Will make sure to always have a bottle in my possession.Tomas
28th February 2016
'got me bottle couple weeks ago at Airport. Now is only half full... :-))Fantastic drop, mellow, smooth, mouth watering which makes you go for one more, then for one more... :-)) Sweet but spicy, apples and pears with honey and cinnamon traces, and of course, the Cheery comes at the in Big one. Having over 300 bottles of single malts in my collection, this will be definitely within the Top 10 ranked ones.Can't wait to get more of this beauty in few weeks ...
17th February 2016
It's a very affordable very sippable scotch. Love the sherry aspect of it
29th January 2016
My first Speyside whisky after a not so happy encounter with Glenfiddich a few years ago. First impressions were a bit like a bourbon. Sweet and slightly syrupy but with that more familiar malty-ness coming through at the end. Lots of flavour here.Very, very easy to drink this. Needs very little, if any, water imo. Got this on offer so feel I got a real steal here.If you are a fan of bourbon but are curious about single malts give this a try. Can't wait to try the Abunadh!
31st December 2015
Got this as a Christmas present from me dear old mum who doesn't know a thing about scotch. I've Had the 10year and rather enjoyed it so I popped open the tin full of anticipation. What I found inside was a simply designed, squat little bottle exuding charm and possessing a very thick neck (a characterful feature) and this contained a russet liquid of beautiful clarity.On the nose there is an initial whiff of spiced plum and raisins that gives way to a burnt toffee aroma.On the tongue it feels slightly thick, but not oily with a wonderful warmth. Cinnamon, toffee and vanilla fudge with an undertone of Orange bitterness go down the throat easily and sit in the mouth, fading into a light zest.As a fan of sherry cask malts (Glenmorangie Lasanta and Balvenie Doublewood are my favourites) I found this to be a pleasing change. Familiar flavours with less sweetness and a more robust character.Makes a great accompaniment to rich dessert, and a small measure before bed hasn't done any harm the last couple of days.Overall, a great whiskey if you like the sherry character. Beautifully presented and not ridiculously priced. Will definitely get another bottle once this one is gone
30th December 2015
I only really drink the smokey stuff but got a bottle of this for Crimbo yesterday and I have to say, it's pretty awesome. I get quite an oily mouthfeel when I drink this which is nice (not sure why nobody else seems to pick up on this in their reviews, maybe I'm imagining things) Very warming in the mouth without being spicy like a talisker and has a really nice after glow like lagavulin 16yo. If you like the smokey stuff then I urge you to try this, it's not an Isla obviously but it has a similar appeal to me. It's really nice and an interesting change. Top notch :)
26th December 2015
Alcohol taste. Nose is ok
7th December 2015
Nose: floral, light, sweet.Body: tastes a lot like pear. It's light enough that it's easy to forget that you are, in fact, drinking a scotch and not sherry. Finish: very short, but that's where you get just enough peat and heat to remind you, "No, you're not crazy, you were actually drinking a scotch." Overall: a yummy scotch with a light, fruity sweetness to it (in contrast with, say, Glenmorangie Lasanta, which has a syrup-y, molasses-y sweetness). However, I got it significantly discounted from its normal retail price in Texas. Normally, it's about $65, and I got it for about 20% off. *If* you are like me and prefer things like AnCnoc and Ardmore, it isn't worth that much (meaning that I also wouldn't recommend it for the $85 it costs through Master of Malt, assuming delivery to U.S.). This disclaimer isn't based on the quality of the whiskey; it's a reflection of my preferences. If you can get it discounted, I think you should go for it.
6th November 2015
Got given a bottle when it was cheap around Christmas. Absolutely loved it. Really easy going taste, great after-burn. Really good all round for the price.
7th July 2015
I like the ocassional glass of whisky but when I got the 12 year old whisky as a fathers day present and I was extremely disappointed with it. In fact I had to pour away 1/2 a glass after hoping I might mellow towards it. I can't really describe it but somehow the taste reminds me of a pre med which I had before an operation many years ago when I was a child. Is there any possibility it might be a bad batch? Sorry about the negative feedback.
23rd June 2015
Moderate sherry notes - spicy chocolate toffee finish - great value 12 year old Speyside whisky - will buy again
20th May 2015
I love it! Drink it neat before and after dinner and enjoy. One of my other favorites is Glenfarclas 12, which is very similar, except more dry, which I like very much. These are by far my two favorite Speyside whiskies. Cheers!
12th May 2015
9th May 2015
Medium sherry, fruity, nice everyday drink. I bought it for 22eur, so its good price and quality combination.
9th April 2015
It was Aberlour that first got my attention to scotch whisky. That being said that was 12 years ago. I still appreciate the product but I would be lying if I didn't say that I miss the 43% abv.
19th March 2015
which means I am also unsure what to think....yet! no question that it is quality stuff and is unique. the problem is I was expecting not just balance and a spectrum of flavors (all there), I am missing an expected (unfairly?) ummph....I was hoping for a heavier contentprobably not fair that I looked into this after having had the cask strength release last week.....don't get me wrong, but this is a lovely dram. but I bet the 86 proof version was much better or....what I was really looking for
4th January 2015
This one will surprise you. Pleasant summery nose of grass and heather. The first sip may seem somewhat inconsequential (40% abv will do that) but once you let it open up, there are a ton of flavors vying for your rapt attention. Dried fruits, apricot and pear, leather, and lots of baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, along with hazelnut and almond sweetness. Incredibly smooth finish. Found it for less than $40US in Illinois and I think it's a steal. Merry Christmas to me!
12th December 2014
The nose reveals ripe fruit and autumn leaves, moist pudding layered with jam, and … Leo Cohen’s voice, saying it’s Closing Time and you should have another. Mouth is tannic, blackcurrants and nutmeg.
26th November 2014
This appears to have increased in price by £10 since I last bought it. It's a nice 12 year old Speyside but nothing exceptional. Well overpriced here.
22nd November 2014
I'm more of an Islay fan than Speyside but thought I'd try the Aberlour. Strikes me as a touch bitter without being interesting in its bitterness. Just had it last night over ice, and my last bottle was an Ardbeg 10, so may just be a transition issue.
16th November 2014
This may be my all-time favorite. Very smooth and sweet. Excellent whisky,especially for the price! Keep it, Aberlour!
23rd October 2014
Great aroma mild mannered and a mildly sweet aftertaste. I enjoy this neat. Great value and excellent alternative to blends.
23rd August 2014
I'd say the flavor of this is very similar to Macallan 12 with a heavier taste of sherry. A very enjoyable dram, will definitely buy again. Purchased locally for $42 so I'm surprised to se it listed at $70.
4th April 2014
Went with reviews and suggestions to try. First sip with drop of water nice oily beginning then somewhat of a strange note of moss. A slight burn at the end. Tried second dram over one ice cube. It settled in nice with floral and cinnamon notes. Not everyday dram but nice for a different note on the palate.
6th February 2014
My mistake, I was referring to the 43% version. Thanks for clearing it up Master of Malt
12th November 2013
I agree with batman. Less than €40 last month. Why the increase of over 25%?
8th November 2013
im nearly sure i bought this for under 40 euro 3 months ago not impressed with ths and my review is gone why master of malt
6th November 2013
Took a bit of a punt buying this as there were no reviews, and wow, did i get lucky :)I finished the bottle in a couple of weeks (which is almost unheard of for me). I'd compare it to the Balvenie Doublewood 17 year old... which is still my favorite... but i'm buying another bottle of this one now
15th October 2013