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Matured in two types of casks, the traditional oak and sherry oak casks and bottled at a slightly lower abv of 40% than previous editions, this 16 year old Aberlour is bursting with lush plum, raisin and even floral notes. A cracking Speyside malt.
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Am I the only one who smells pear notes?! I think Aberlour 12 is good enough. 16yo doesnt have much more then 12yo
22nd March 2017
Was given this as a retirement gift. Love a good drink but never developed a taste for scotch. Unless mixed as a Rusty Nail with Drambuie just didn't drink or buy scotch. After six months opened the bottle and it is great. Saved the bottle so when I replace it I do it right. Excellent to jus sit and sip!
5th March 2017
Actually allowed it to age an additional five years and had a glass with my father in law for his 55th...eventually polished off the whole bottle. Distinctively smooth.
15th January 2017
Nice and smooth. Reminds me of the Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14. Pairs nicely with a full body cigar.
12th August 2016
Distinctively an Aberlour. Takes all the greatness of the 12yo and adds deeper dried fruit, wood and spice and I quite like the slight bitterness on the finish. Aberlour's style is my favourite and this is brilliant.
3rd July 2016
Best single malt.
29th June 2016
As "Finnish is zero" said. A novice might like this Aberlour 16. I do, I quite like it over the Aberlour 12 year single malt. As for alcohol content sounds more like a schoolyard argument "mine is stronger than yours is".
30th April 2016
I was really looking forward to to the Aberlour 16 being a big fan of the 12. The 12 is my go to scotch and what I serve my friends. The 16 is very raw, almost tart. It is not at all, what I expected. I will not buy again.
28th December 2015
I love this one, very solid and complex, a great buy considering its price.
23rd December 2015
I really enjoyed the 12yr and was looking forward to trying the 16yr. Very disappointed. Not much body, richness or complexity. There is a bitterness to it. I will go back to the 12yr.
18th September 2015
I bought a bottle yesterday at Carrefour for 36 € (25 £). Bottle and box are identical to the picture shown here, except for the alcohol content. I'm not sure you can find it in Paris, but in the countryside they have it in every Carrefour.
26th June 2015
What a disappointment. Great nose and nothing else.
10th June 2015
I just wonder. My guess is that they are expanding production rapidly. That will explain watering down 43% to 40% and use of badly sulfured sherry casks. Oh these days, how deep can this distillery go?
31st May 2015
This is a pleasant scotch, but it is a wee bit bland. Would be better with a higher alcohol content
10th February 2015
very smooth very pleasant a bit light on the nose and very much in the aberlour house style - extremely elegant sherry casking. a bit more ABV for the money is a fair request but then I see balkantines 17 at 40% going for £55. this rates as excellent value against that
23rd November 2014
As a long time SMS drinker, I am terribly disappointed with the Aberlour 16 bottled at 40 ABV. This is what happens when you drown a dram with a wee too much water accidentally. It is worse when a profit seeker does it and ruins the entire stock. Watery and no finish. Nose is light with the reduction in strength. Perhaps to hide the use sulfur. A novice might like this.
18th October 2014
This review goes out to all the newbie's like myself. If you are looking for a single malt that is smooth and does not have that alcohol bite. Then this is the one for you. I have tried a lot of single malts but this one you can really drink straight.
15th September 2014
I bought a bottle of this after having 2 or 3 bottles of the 10 yo which for sub-£30 is brilliant. The 16 yo extremely smooth but not as complex as I'd expect from a bottle of this age. I enjoy this scotch but I find the flavour is lost with water or ice so it needs to be taken neat which is why it gets a 7 from me.
28th June 2014
I love this dram, Floral and honey nose, smooth sweet sherried palate INCREDIBLY smooth and full mouthful. Complex and warming finish. Even better than the Balvenie single barrel 15 or Auchentoshan Thee Wood (and both of those are wonderful)
6th April 2014
A disappointment. It smells and tastes weak, with a hint of strange bitterness that could have come from -- as a reviewer mentioned above -- sulfur.
1st February 2014
Kind of dull with nothing offensive but nothing noteworthy. I have an almost full bottle but there so many other interesting scotches to poison my liver with. Why waste it on this.
31st January 2014
This is not a bad 16 yo whisky but after trying their A'bunadh range I would recommend it over this. A Glenlivet 15 is my preference at this price range.
30th December 2013
Can someone please explain why drinks giants like Pernod Ricard, owners of Aberlour, tend to reduce ABV in their products whenever they think they can get away with it. Aberlour 16 was bottled at a fairly miserable 43% but now released at a downright rock-bottom 40%. Surely a quality 16 year old malt deserves better presentation than this. The price goes up - the ABV comes down.
3rd December 2013
After really enjoying Aberlour's 10 and 12 year olds and loving their A'bunadh, I was expecting great things from this 16 year old. There some heavy tannins and bitter wood, but worst is the sulphur/carbolic soap on the nose and taste. I think Ralfy is right when he says the younger Aberlours are the best.
1st December 2013
14th November 2013
One of my favorites! Nose: Floral, spicy dried red fruits, a little nutty, caramel, and vanilla. Taste: Good sherry in the way of red fruits, dark chocolate, almonds. Sweet notes of brown sugar, vanilla, fall baking spices come in.Finish: Long with continued spiced fruits.In a quick summary delicious better than the 12 DC.