Aberlour 18

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle

Nose: Creme caramel, Worcestershire sauce, liquorice.

Body: Lighter side of medium. A really nice mouth feel to it. Quite soft.

Palate: Apricot, milk chocolate, some spice creeping in (light dustings of white pepper and cayenne) ending with a little tobacco and wood.

Finish:  Tobacco note keeps going and orange zest joins in. Medium length, a little dry and gently warming.

Neat/Ice/Water: 43%. Neat. Water will kill this.

Verdict: Quaffable. This is a very satisfying dram with good balance and no real shortcomings. It’s well sherried without being a sherry monster, has good depth for it’s age and doesn’t let you down at any stage. The standout aspect is the mouth feel, really soft and smooth. Being a huge fan of the A’Bunadh series, I bought this at auction hoping 18 years would deliver something more or as interesting as the NAS range. It hasn’t hit those heights but it’s still very good, without being great. The biggest compliment I can give it is that I normally review a malt at a much higher fill level. Pretty drinkable stuff. Perhaps a little too much air in the bottle by the time I ran the rule over it? Retails at £84 which is the low end of the 18 year old price bracket. Would I buy another? At auction for £55 again, no hesitation!

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