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Aberlour 18yr

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  • Distiller:

    Aberlour

  • Bottler:

    Aberlour

  • ABV:

    43%

  • Age:

    18 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The smooth finish has toffee and lingering cinnamon, along with honey and nutmeg.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Very classy, as I remembered it, and a little cognacqy.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Some hospital notes tend to endure, driven mainly by the higher alcohol level.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Though this would be the perfect single malt to sip by the fire, don’t overlook this as a decadent pairing with triple crème or nutty cheeses, dried fruits, and duck liver mousse.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: ...I could sit and smell it all day but I’d save the actual consumption for another dram that can follow through.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Whiskey Advocate
  • Excerpt: It boasts a stylish nose of old leathery cigar boxes, vanilla, and orange marmalade.
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  • Nose:

    Woody sulphur, sweet sweet fudgy wine notes. Maple, figs, dates, plumbs, raspberry jam. Odd orange citrus and leather.

  • Taste:

    Thin, sharp, hot and acidic. The sherry is apparent here but its nothing like the nose. The deep complexity isnt present and its like a sweet acidic sticky mess. Lots of fig, cocoa, raspberry syrup

  • Finish:

    Medium to short, hot, sulphuric and really quite abrubt. Theres little sherry notes to speak of.

  • Overall:

    Im surprised and a little sad to comment on how quickly this dram went downhill. I enjoyed the nose immensely and then all of that pleasure just wisped away. Ive not yet found many drams that seem to have sherry sulphur in them but this is an overload, almost to the point of washing out all of the other notes. For an expensive, old bottle, this isnt particularly great. Theres some redeeming quality in the nose - I could sit and smell it all day but Id save the actual consumption for another dram that can follow through. For this reason, Im giving Aberlour 18 a Rank 5.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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