Scotch - Single Malt

Aberlour 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Overall Rating
    611 / 795
    Rabble Rating
    3.0 / 5.0
    Price (USD)

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.


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

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. 

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

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Alchemist (51) (9/18/2012)
This is matured in Aberlour's best ex-bourbon casks and finished in Oloroso sherry butts. This plus the extra two years is supposed to set it apart from the 16 year. The nose certainly bodes well giving rich mellow oak, sweet spices and sweet vanilla. The body arrives sweet and spicy developing hot chill pepper but not as overpowering as in the 16. This allows quite evident vanilla sweetness to come through. The finish is longer giving a burst of smoke, more sweet spices and again showing vanilla sweetness at the close. The aftertaste is bittersweet with mild sulphur being slightly evident but not unpleasant. Drunk without holding on the palate gives a sweet spicy arrival, a nice warming development and a spicy vanilla finish. However the sulphur sourness is much more evident both in the body and in the aftertaste which lets this 18 year down slightly.
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