Review No.183. Aberlour 12

I have probably said this so many times but I have to mention it again.  The Aberlour 10 is a great value for money single malt.  This 12 year old bottling has matured ex bourbon and ex sherry casks which I am sure is the same as the 10 year old.  The only difference I can discern between the 10 and 12 year old is the extra 2 years of maturation and I am not displeased about this given the 10 year old carries the hallmark of a classic sherry influenced single malt.  The 12 year old is widely available in UK supermarkets and often on offer below the £30 mark.


Whisky: Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40%

Nose: Butterscotch, toffee fudge, raisins, vanilla, old library books, honey, cinnamon, malt, oak

Taste: Vanilla, plums, cinnamon, honey, malt, hint of pepper, oak

Finish: Honey, oak, some malt

Score: 3.25

Summary: This is a good follow up to the Aberlour 10 year old.  The extra 2 years of maturation brings out more pronounced spice and oak not but still delivered with the same softness as the 10 year old which makes the delivery of flavours so moreish.  I didn’t need to add water to this as I felt that the flavours were spot on.  I am curious to see how this would taste of 43% or 46% alcohol and it is a little disappointing that it isn’t bottled at a higher strength.  Having said that I think the extra 2 years has brought an extra punch to this through the spice and oak notes.  I give this a slightly lower rating than the 10 year old but I am not comparing this directly to the 10 year old. The 10 year old is great for its age and price point. This 12 year old is solid and picks up where the 10 year old left of.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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