Aberlour 12 Double Casked

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      Liquid honey with great movement in the glass. Not thick, but not watery either. Deeply golden almost to the point of seeing some reds down in the depths.

 

For my review I chose one that was new to me, the Aberlour 12 yo scotch. As is typical with many different expressions lately the folks at Aberlour are maturing this in both bourbon and sherry casks so expect the light sherry notes in the spirit.

 

Visual: Liquid honey with great movement in the glass. Not thick, but not watery either. Deeply golden almost to the point of seeing some reds down in the depths.

 

Aroma: Malty oakness with just a hint of smoke. Like when the neighbors have a fire going and you just catch a whiff of it. There’s sherry there, for sure, but its way in the background and plays a very quiet second fiddle to the malt and oak. There’s just a touch of alcohol warmth on the nose, just barely there. The nose is beautifully balanced where it should be for a classically great whiskey: malt first, oak second, everything else after.

 

Pallet: Tasted neat. There’s warmth there, but its a smooth warmth. No harshness, this spirit has obviously been loved by someone and taken good care of. The pallet backs up the nose completely, malts, oaks, and other stuff but mostly malts and oaks. You just know that this whiskey could bite if it wanted to, but it doesn’t.

 

Mouthfeel: Full, round, lingering, amazing. It doesn’t flow off of the tongue leaving you wanting more, there’s just a hint of viscosity here that satisfies very well.

 

Overall: Contender for one of my easy-drinking favorites? Definitely. Best ever? Let’s just say that Aberlour 12 is in my top 10 scotches. I am a huge fan.