...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).
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.
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.
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.