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Aberlour

Zoot alors! Try all five of the amazing whiskies in the Aberlour range.

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Aberlour, or Charlestown of Aberlour, is an attractive village that lies along the south east bank of the River Spey. The name Aberlour is Gaelic for 'the mouth of the babbling brook'. This refers to the local spring (depicted on the labels of all official Aberlour bottlings) which is named after Saint Drostan, a local cleric who used the water for baptisms a thousand years ago. The original distillery, founded in 1826, was rebuilt by James Fleming after a fire in 1879. In 1892, the distillery was bought by Robert Thorne & Sons, who rebuilt and expanded the distillery in 1898 after a second fire. In 1921, Robert Thorne & Sons Ltd sold the distillery to W. H. Holt & Sons, a brewery near Manchester. In 1945 S. Campbell & Sons Ltd bought the distillery and in 1975 current owners Pernod Ricard acquired Campbell Distilleries. Pernod Ricard's ownership has perhaps been instrumental in making Aberlour the most popular whisky in France. This becomes apparent when you visit their website, which has two versions: "International Site" and "Site Francais". Aberlour uses very lightly-peated barley and matures in both sherry and bourbon casks. Their taste signature is classic Speyside: delicate fruits from the sherry and light spices from the bourbon. From the accessible ten year old to the sherry bomb A'bundah via the classy eighteen year old, this tasting contains all five of the core range of official bottlings and it's a great way of getting to know this fine distillery and their elegant whiskies.

Aberlour 10 year old

Aberlour 10 year old is their entry level malt and is widely available. This is matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks and is a perfect introduction to the classic Speyside taste profile.

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Cinnamon, currants, bread and butter pudding.
Palate: Egg custard, milk chocolate, more cinnamon, patisseries.

Retails for around £25

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Aberlour 12 year old

The “one up from house” Aberlour option is the 12 year old, which has been double cask matured, meaning that it has spent part of its maturation in bourbon casks, part in sherry casks.

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Garibaldi biscuits, plums, crisp green fruit.
Palate: Incredibly smooth sherry and galaxy chocolate at first, then ginger spice and wood. Quite drying.

Retails for around £30

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Aberlour 18 year old

The 18 is the top of the range, and is a very classy dram. Silky smooth, sweet and lovely.

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Dates and walnut cake, toffee, a touch of marmaladey bitterness.
Palate: Intensely creamy to start with, soft red fruits, developing a late surge of oak.

Retails for around £50

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Aberlour A'Bundah Batch 46

A’bundah (Gaelic for 'of the origin') is matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts and bottled in batches at cask strength. This is a full on sherry bomb of a whisky, amazing neat but possibly more sensibly drunk with a bit of water. Like all of the Aberlour range, A'bundah represents great value for money. Singer Robin Laing penned the song "I love you A’bundah" and we can’t disagree with him.

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Rich & intense sherry. Shrewsbury biscuits. Slightly treacly.
Palate: Egg custard, soft oak, cream, Christmas cake, marzipan.

Retails for around £35

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Aberlour 16 year old

A good deal of Aberlour's whisky goes to France and many expressions are exclusive to our lucky Gallic cousins. Aberlour's whiskies tend towards the nutty and sherried end of the Speyside spectrum and this beauty is no exception, being matured in first-fill sherry casks and unspecified oak casks, giving it a rich depth as well as "the fruitiness and spiciness".

The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: The nose is a sherried delight, as crisp and clean as a Jerez dress on washing day. Seville gets a look in through oranges, and juicy berries invite you in.
Palate: Full, rounded, juicy and balanced, with some honey and a delicate touch of spice filling out the fruity theme from the nose.
Finish: Gentle, rounded and unhurried. Perfectly weighted.

Retails for around £45

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