Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tasting: Aberlour. Double Cask Matured - 16 Years

Aberlour. Double Cask Matured – 16 Years
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Aberlour
Age: 16 years
Region: Highland
ABV: 40%
US Price: $94
Release: Ongoing
Cask: Traditional oak & Sherry oak.

Points: 82/100

Aberlour is famous for their absolutely fantastic cask strength sherry monster, the NAS A’Bunadh, that have become a true fan favorite among whisky fans, and their affordable 10 year old core range expression, offers great value for your hard-earned money. Between the 10 and the A’Bunadh stands the 12, 16 and 18 years old Double Cask Matured that, as the name alludes, all have been matured in two cask types; traditional oak and sherry.

The 16 years old that I’m about to review comes in at 40% ABV.

Fruity, malty and sherry sweet notes lure you in, with figs, raisins, dark chocolate and cinnamon.

A bit light headed until the sherry flavor steps into the picture and pumps up the volume, so to speak. I find the sherry notes to be very well integrated in the A’Bunadh, but in this 16 years old expression the sherry note is “over-flavoring” the palate and are too upfront and dominating for my taste, which is a damn shame. Below the surface, there’s syrup, honey and vanilla.      

Medium long finish with oak spices and black pepper.

Overall impression:
I honestly don’t believe that the four extras years in wood have done much good for the 16 years old expression in comparison to the 12 years old. In fact, just the opposite, because the sherry flavor in the 12 isn’t by far as dominating, as it is the case in this 16. So from here on out, I’m defiantly going to save the extras $28USD I paid for this one, and stick with the 12 year old in the future.   

Photo & Review By: Hasse Berg