Aberlour single malts are a familiar site on the shelves of supermarkets in the UK. It is easy to overlook whiskies like this because they are readily available and relatively cheap (well the 10 and 12 year old bottles are). I fell into this school of thought with the Aberlour 10 year old because it is always there, i didn’t feel rushed to try it and I didn’t expect it to be anything special. I only thing that prompted to me eventually purchase a bottle was that it was on offer for £22 at the time of purchase (2016).
Whisky: Aberlour 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% vol.
Nose: Plums, sherry, light honey, cinnamon, strawberry jam, hint of oak
Taste: Light honey, jam on toast, cinnamon, malt, oak
Finish: Short, honey and oak
Summary: Good quality value for money whiskies are not exclusive to specialist retailers. Of course you will eventually need to go to specialists as you continue on your journey but sometimes it is always worth to keep an eye out at the supermarkets. You can find those dependable single malts at bargain prices. Aberlour delivers traditional flavours that you would associate with sherry cask influenced single malts. There is a musky feel to this that I really like. This Aberlour 10 is probably the best value for money whisky purchase I have made so far.
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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