Aberlour 16 year old cask #4738
Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle
Nose: Sultanas, butterscotch, cinnamon and a hint of something green at the back. Boiled sweets after it breathes a little. Sweet, musty and invitingly spicy. Very savoury.
Body: Full bodied and viscous. Quite sticky.
Palate: Treacle, pecans, butterscotch, ginger biscuits, chocolate coated coffee beans and black cherries. Oh my golligosh this is really, really nice stuff…
Finish: Caramel cream, cafe au lait, blackcurrant conserve, a sprinkling of ash. Shorter than I was expecting. Ends hot.
Neat/Ice/Water: Neat at 53.5%.
Verdict: Superior. This Whisky Exchange exclusive, first fill sherry single cask bottling, is a real winner. A seriously dark and decadent dram that has levels and then some. It’s an opulent desert dram that delivers equal measures of sweetness and spicyness. The nose is really inviting and the mouth is highly rewarding. Sweet, stewed dark fruits and desert pastries abound. The heat in this dram, when you sip it neat, is at the end in the finish and it tends overpower the other elements a bit. The only chink really. Absolutely awesome I have to say.