Scotch - Single Malt

Aberlour 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    603 / 798
    Rabble Rating
    3.7 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $100
    Proof
    86.0

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Proof66 Notes

The Aberlour 18yr is suggested to have a nose is "Rich and complex, notes of toffee and butterscotch combine with ripe peach and bitter orange" It continues, indicating that the finish has notes of crème brûlée.

The Aberlour Distillery was founded by James Fleming in 1879 in the heart of Speyside. They glory in being between the junction of the rivers Lour and Spey, the former river providing the water for the whisky. The community itself claims to be 1,400 years old. According to Malt Maniacs the name aberlour translates from the Gaelic as "the mouth of the babbling brook."  The distillery is owned by Chivas Brothers who themselves are owned by the French-based Pernod-Ricard.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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This bottle has 3 ratings and 1 review.
PhatCat PhatCat (10) (2015-03-28)
When I first opened my bottle, I thought the flavors seemed a little tight. All I got was a strong influence of dry sherry oak that was unimpressive. However, over time, it opens up beautifully to reveal the more subtle notes of nuts and vanilla. Also, it becomes slightly less drying and more acidic as the oak slowly loses its grip. When that happens, this is a very recommendable whisky, specially if you want a sherried scotch without much sweetness. At the price I paid ($80), I can see myself buying another bottle, but I wouldn't consider it a top priority. Either way, this 18YR from Aberlour is a very good option in its price range.
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