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Aberlour, 12-year-old, Speyside, Single Malt Whisky (40%)

Aberlour, 12-year-old, Speyside, Single Malt Whisky (40%)

| Code:  23411 | Scotch Whisky > Speyside Whisky | 40.0 % alcohol

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Other - Nose
Sweet. Marzipan. Notably nutty. Very heavy sherry (slightly tar-like, iron-ish). First-fill dry Oloroso? It tastes more like Pedro Ximinez.
Palate
Soft, smooth, juicy. Malty nuttiness. Liquorice.
Finish
A firm, assertive, hug. Enwrapping.
Comment
Well-rounded, but the balancing dryness can be slightly bitter.

Michael Jackson - Whisky Magazine Issue 18 Nose
Mellow, sherry-dominant nose. Tobacco leaf, orange pekoe tea, walnut, caramelised fruit. Mint, leather, toffee and butter. In time it gets even sweeter.
Palate
Sweet and silky with well integrated sherry wood overlaying the creamy/minty character. Ripe and soft.
Finish
Light chocolate and some dried fruit.
Comment
Good for such a young Aberlour. Sherry in balance.

Dave Broom - Whisky Magazine Issue 18

The Region

Speyside Whisky

To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.

Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.

Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.

The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’. 

Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.

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