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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Friday, 23 November 2012

ABERLOUR 1996 16YO 1ST FILL BOURBON - DISTILLERY BOTTLE YOUR OWN

Aberlour does in particular one GREAT(er) bottling - the no age statement A'bunadh!
That said some batches have been sulphur tainted, though thats more an exception than a rule...

This time, I'll be review 2 expressions (in separate reviews).
Both are a part of their 'Bottle your own'-experience when you visit the distillery.

Both expressions are at cask strength, like the A'bunadh, but older - 16 years to be exact... and even distilled on the same date. The first one is matured in a 1st fill ex-bourbon cask, the second in a 1st fill sherry cask.

Aberlour 1996 (04.03.1996) 16yo 54,4% 1st fill bourbon cask#6837, Distillery - Bottle your own 26.08.2012

Straw coloured

Nose:
Immense sweetness, vanilla, the sugared burnt almonds and danish marzipan. After that malt, oak and maybe a minimal hint of a soap? Lemon winegums, varnish and meringue.

Taste:
Again an avalanche of sweetness, but also very oak driven this time, especially on the finish. Aberlour is naturally a very sweet spirit and a 1st fill bourbon cask really gets it going on vanilla, spiced apples and pears, custard and a bit of wet cardboard on the finish... did I mention it was oak driven???

83/100! Good, but not great!

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