Aberlour 18 Year
Aberlour // Highlands, Scotland
This fine single malt is produced at the Aberlour distillery that sits where the rivers Lour and Spey meet in the Spey region of the Highlands. Aberlour, which has been producing whisky since 1812, is known for their use of both American oak barrels and Sherry butts for their “double cask mature” whiskies and their seductive single malts and this 18-year is no different. It has rested in first fill ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts before being bottled at 86 proof.
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 Typeex-bourbon and ex-sherry
"The sherry is prominent in the nose, but don’t be fooled, this is still whisky. Big with fruit, the nose boasts ripe peach and apricot, warm vanilla and plump raisins, followed by a luscious salted caramel and hints of red apple. Ripe juicy orange, chocolate covered raisins, peach marmalade and vanilla spice cake round out this supple whisky that finishes long and seductive with cocoa, cinnamon and orange zest. 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. "