I will admit to having a weakness for a sherry bomb or two. While not my ‘everyday dram’, when in the mood for something robust and very berry good, nothing beats it.
No surprise then that this 1st fill sherry cask Aberlour was a hit!
Last in our special “filled by hand” distillery trio, it was quite the whisky.
Aberlour 16 year (10 June 1995 / 6 Sept 2011) Cask No 2303 (1st fill sherry), Bottle No 180, 57.2%
Here is what we found:
- Nose – Gorgeous sherry! Figs, plums, juicy dark fruit, nuts, christmas cake, chocolate, dates, orange peel, vanilla
- Palate – Woodsy dry edge, bit bitter, light balsa then softened to settle into a balanced sweet, bursting with raisins
- Finish – Rich plums
- Water – Not necessary but doesn’t hurt. The little extra spice adds something, rounds it out further and opens up to reveal ginger
Overall – a very palatable, rich, sherry bomb that goes down beautifully well.
While thoroughly enjoyable, when it came time to chose my preferred dram to accompany my panatela cigar, I will admit reaching for the Glenmorangie as the Aberlour was fabulous to sample but almost too much ‘Christmas’ for the March heat in Mumbai.
Also part of our remarkable Cask Strength hand-filled whiskies evening:
- Glenmorangie 10 year (1995 / 9 Nov 2006) Cask No 13038, Bottle No 45, 59.3%
- Glenfiddich 15 year (19 April 2012) Batch No 15, Bottle No 11/15, 55%
Other Abelour’s sampled previously:
- Aberlour A’bunadh Batch No 35 (2011) 60.3%
- Aberlour A’bunadh Batch No 46 (2013) 60.4%
- Whisky Ladies conquer a cask strength Diwali
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