Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Best Dram (BD)
Stated Age
09 years old
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
59.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Apr 2018 7:52 pm by JohnnySteel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 79.00

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71 × member ratings

81 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour 2009 BD

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.81 points

  1. SchottenDicht scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Really great sherry bomb, you can try amazingly lots of water to give it more smoothness. Vinegar, balsamico notes in the nose. Maybe too much alcohol in the mouth, but with some water a really nice 9 year old sherry whisky. Smells like a solist kavalan :-) If you still can get a bottle, go grab it!

  2. El Bastardo scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Is that awesome! When I drink it and think back to it later, the only thing that comes to mind is "fuck age as a meaningful indicator of quality". It's not even in the double-digit range and soooo extraordinary and great in taste!
    Yes, the smell leaves a lot to be desired, but the taste is superior and so many lengths that I have already forgotten the mediocre smell in the whole moment of pleasure.
    What a crazy barrel!
    • Nose
      Undiluted: Leave to stand for a quarter of an hour and leave the room. When I came back, the whole room smelled of sherry from the door. So the intensity is enormous. The "quality" is, however, "generic", meaning that it smells of "typical" sherry whisky without any character of its own. If I always find one peculiarity with the well-known sherry brands that characterizes them, I would find it difficult to assign that one brand.
      In addition, a very light and subtle sweetness and a sour note.
      It seems a little closed. You don't have a stinging alcohol or the like in your nose and it doesn't smell like alcohol at all. You can tell, however, that a heavy layer covers and holds finer and other aromas like a lid.

      Diluted to around 45%: After I have "stretched" the 20 ml whisky with around 6.5 ml water to around 45% alcohol content (my favorite drinking strength), the proverbial lid is off. A fine spiciness, more sweetness and almost fresh cherries come out.
    • Taste
      Oh, ooohhhh wow, freshly picked, tangy, juicy cherries at first, move on to cough drops with wild cherry flavor, on to spicy fruit cake (without Christmas spices). Medium sweet due to a viscous mixture of honey and fructose taste.
      Fine spiciness, so very lightly in the direction of the pepper and tasty bitterness à la cocoa beans or coffee (somehow full not oak), paired with dried plums or dates.
      No burning and not a piece of wasted potential.
    • Finish
      Initially, the taste only fades away and becomes a bit more bitter, plus flowing down the throat to warm up, you get a lot more sweetness and fruit with subsequent sips. Viscous sugar juice comparable to agave syrup.

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A great, intense 9 year old, matured in fine first fill sherry barrels.
    The relative "youth" can be seen in the taste, it needs a lot of water and it lacks the complexity of a long matured one!
    At eye level with good A'bunadh bottlings ...
    [Color] = mahogany.
    • Nose
      87 87
      dark fruits, berries, sherry, nuts, coffee, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      88 88
      with water: powerful, dark fruits, berries, heavy sherry aromas, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, spices, pepper, oak;
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium to long finish with coffee and dark chocolate, then a bitter, dry oak at the end;

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Caramel, cherry, blueberry and orange. Water uncovers a beer-like maltiness.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Cranberry, rose hip, caramel, citrus and spice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Cranberry, caramel, mocha, biscuit, wood and a sourish touch.

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This whisky has some clear sherrycask influence, but despite the high Abv it's not a sherrybomb, like an A'Bunadh. It's very enjoyable, but I would prefer a little more intensity, with this pretty young Aberlour with almost 60% Abv.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lot's of alcohol, fruity, prunes, coffee, some chocolate, also some floral and organic notes.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Pepper comes in pretty good, it's getting stronger and stronger. Red fruits, prunes, coffee and dark chocolate. Still it actually is more friendly than the high Abv suggests, despite the present peppers.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Strong, a lot of pepper, coffee and red fruit. Some chocolate, pretty long, a little tobacco at the end.

  6. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet; heavily scented with sherry; With water and 10min leave Werther's real caramel sweets; citrus; honey
    • Taste
      Oily; strong oak; slightly sweet; becoming drier; really dark chocolate, is already in coffee; Without water significantly drier in the mouth, citrus stronger and the oak is more likely to be in the background
    • Finish
      Oak, espresso; Fruit and citrus; Coffee / espresso gets stuck; Citrus, dry and bitter without water

  7. monsieurrouge scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Very intense sherry smell. Zurig.
    Taste is sherry. But very tasty. Droppy, from those brown salmiakmunten, liquorice ?, sweet, plums, very tasty. But it does not really taste like whisky. It looks more like sherry on whisky casks than whisky on sherry casks.
    I give it 79 points for whisky, 87 points if it had been a sherry ...

  8. Jeadrick scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    It is incredibly fascinating what flavor this whisky has taken after 9 years. It is located on the border, between distillery and Fasscharakter. I think he should not stay in the barrel any longer, otherwise he would not have had the Aberlour character anymore.
    You can only say Lucky Cask.
    Great whisky
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Ralf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86


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