Aberlour 1990 Arc

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Guide to the gallery of reptiles
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
44.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
jp Japan
Added on
29 Jul 2019 2:49 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 235.00

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour 1990 Arc

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.54 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2021] Ooh, a sample of a Japanese-only bottling is very welcome in good old Europe, always...

    ...especially when it is as fine as this naked Aberlour. Most connoisseurs adore Aberlour (like Glenfarclas or Glendronach) for its sherried drams which I do too, but I like their clean distillates almost the same way. So if you never tried these malts out of an excellent bourbon cask I strongly suggest to do so as you will better understand and appreciate their sherry profile afterwards (and you will recognise what you miss with these one-dimensional sherry bombs where the malt flavours are completely buried under heavy wine influence).
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is very light at pale straw and the nose offers the delicate Aberlour profile without too much wooden notes - just the way I like it. This highlights why Aberlour is a great distillate which beautifully combines with sherry aromas (just like Glenfarclas or Glendronach) and can withstand even heavy wine impact. I do really like these naked profiles too, especially when they are as clean as this one. Lots of aromas to discover in there without a single off-note or imbalance.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is very clean and delicate with fine molten barley sugars, exotic fruits, waxes and spicy wooden flavours in excellent harmony. It is nicely chewable and offers more floral impressions and grassy notes which fit perfectly into the overall profile. Again no flaw or imbalance that I can detect.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating but not as much as I expected (and hoped for). No distracting bitter or astringent moments. The finish is long and turns more to the spicy-wooden side without loosing the balance. There is a minor drying impression towards the end but this is not distracting at all. Water is not needed but does no harm either.

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I've always preferred Aberlour matured on bourbon cask because it shows it subtle fruity distillery character in a much better way than on sherry cask. This one doesn't disappoints either. The fist Archives botteling exclusively for Japan. What a beauty!
    • Nose
      Wonderful juicy fruitiness of yellow apples, melon and pear. A little lemon and peel zest. Fresh cedar wood. Some mineral notes. Honey-lavender and custard powder as well. Soft wax at the background. Quite elegant.
    • Taste
      Sweet and malty at first. Followed by lots of tropical fruit of pineapple, mango and lychees. Papaya and kiwi. Also hints of lime and grapefruit. Some spicy notes of green oak. It's all very clean and flawless.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet. Lingering spices of white pepper and ginger. Liquorice at the end. Well balanced Aberlour.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, plenty of white fruits, sweet honey, well balanced.
    Really tasty
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, honey lemon tea. Delicately floral.
    • Taste
      Stewed apples and pears. Again with the honeyed tea. Very drinkable.
    • Finish
      Some wood spice at the end. Simple and sweet.


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