Aberlour 12 Year Sherry Cask Matured
Aberlour // Highlands, Scotland
Aberlour is Gaelic for "mouth of the chattering burn," the stream that joins up with the river Spey, which flows past the distillery. This version of their 12 year (NOT to be confused with the double cask of the same age) is matured exclusively in first-fill Oloroso sherry butts. The casks are hand selected in Spain each year by the master distiller.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typefirst fill oloroso sherry
"The sweetness is refreshingly dialed down, limited to red apples and bing cherry flavors with some marzipan and caramel. This is balanced out by black pepper spice, cardamom, espresso and bittersweet chocolate. The finish has a whiff of pipe tobacco. An excellent rainy night Scotch and good value for the price."