Aberlour 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.90/100
votes
102
Whiskybase ID
WB139066
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Double Cask Matured
Bottled
18.07.2019
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Double Matured in Oak and Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label 2019
Bottle code
LKPN3382
Barcode
3047100243774
Added on
19 sep 2019 5:36 pm by Max70
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 39.27

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour 12-year-old

16 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.90 points.

  1. matsteer scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    A well put together, easily available Sherry driven whisky at good value for £30 makes this a great solid go to, a slightly more characterful than other Sherry driven whiskys (e.g. Tamnavulin).
    • Nose
      78 78
      The first nosing I get the Sherry influence; some pear and orchard fruit, some candied orange rind. The more you persist the up more of the oak and vanilla from the Bourbon maturation. Packs a little more spirity punch than you’d expect from a 40%. A good but not great all rounder nose that doesn’t blow you away with complexity but has a little something for everyone depending on how hard you look for it. 78.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Arrival threatens a little piquancy but quickly smooths out into a very drinkable whisky dominated by sweet caramel and hard toffee flavours. Buttery shortbread, but fresh, and the oak is prominent. Maybe a tiny hint of bitter coffee. Packs far less punch than the nose suggests, it’s very smooth but the 40% doesn’t do it any favours and an amplification up to the 46% would carry more body, oomph and also potentially some more slickness. It’s a little watery and a little ‘cleansed’ for my liking. 79
    • Finish
      76 76
      Pretty short finish that tails off relatively swiftly. Again, fairly one dimensional into the caramel notes. The extra alcohol would have carried this further. 76

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  3. kikist scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Not particularly impressed, sherry influence is significant but also off notes are there...
    After bottle get some air nose became little bit better but shy :/ (expected for 40%)
    • Nose
      83 83
      Light chocolate, light oak, some floral hints, dry fruits, some hidden walnuts, little bit waxy, shy coconut, missing some kick
    • Taste
      76 76
      Oak, little bit chemical, some chlorine, light spiciness, ginger in traces, unpleasant bitterness
    • Finish
      77 77
      Dry, bitterness, some dark chocolate (maybe event pure cocoa), some pepper, oak

  4. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Dark amber color. Gestures and oily.
    • Nose
      84 84
      A lot of fruits. Fresh. Apples and citrus. Red fruit. Mirabelka. Almonds. A hint of caramel. On the other nose, more caramel and vanilla.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Bananas. Fresh fruit. Spices. Cinnamon. Red fruit. Dried fruits. Cocoa. A bit of bitterness. Light oily. Lots of apples with the second sip. Some oak.
    • Finish
      81 81
      A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Dessert chocolate. Fresh fruit on the background. Red apples. Medium to medium-long finish.

  5. ehelkur scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      On the nose, immediately the sherry influence, with spices and dried fruits, sultanas, raisins and some fruity notes from apples and oranges.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it starts smooth, fruity, peaches, apricots, quite velvety, less sherry influence then the nose, caramel and at the end come oranges and some hints of chocolate.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium, with fruit, vanilla, chocolate and some pepper hints.

  6. Francishomola scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    06/08/2021,Harmonious, sweet, easy going light sherried speysider.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Overly Sweet, Slightly Dusty first impression it disappears later, Light, Red Apples, Malty 84
      Cinnamon,
      14/08/2022 Tangarine,
      23/10/ 22 83
    • Taste
      80 80
      Tingly, Quite nice Texture, Sweet, Fruity, 83
      14/08/2022 Green , Herbal, Tannis, Prickle,
      23/10/ 22 80
    • Finish
      80 80
      Short, Malty, 82
      23/10/ 22 80

  7. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite sweet, clearly fruity. On the one hand, light and pleasant, on the other, relatively rich for this class of whisky. Sherry aromas. Red fruit. Fresh red fruit. But there are also fruits more typical of bourbon - citrus, maybe some fresh green fruit from the orchard. Caramel. Red apples. The second time is chocolate and milk.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pretty sweet. Pretty full and rich. Fresh fruit. Later red fruit. Some spices. Some sherry comes in. More and more. Dessert chocolate appears. Nuts. The second time there is some oak and cocoa.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dessert chocolate, even more than on the tongue. A pinch of spices. Definitely chocolate and cocoa. Less fruit than on the nose or tongue. Medium-long finish. The second time, the finish is more cocoa than plain chocolate. Maybe some oak.

  8. jvanopstal scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    An average whisky. A good nose but a moderate finish
    • Nose
      74 74
      Apple, oranges, honey, vanilla and some chocolate
    • Taste
      73 73
      Honey and vanilla with lots of pepper
    • Finish
      71 71
      Short to medium long and spicy

  9. Squinugie scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. MLE scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  11. Gil99 scored this whisky 60 points Newbie

    Mild vanilla hints, lingering oak, strong finish

  12. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    An ok malt, maybe good as an opening for a beginners' tasting, but you could also use the cheaper 10 instead (if not discontinued!). Had the way nicer 15 Marie D'Ecrosse a few years back for only a couple of Euros more. Would love to see a return. :-)

  13. HammerHead scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Sweet and light, oranges, baked apple, a little honey and vanilla, some lemon curd. Mildly spicy with a slight note of milk chocolate. The sweetness falls away in the (short) finish, emphasizing somewhat peppery spices. Nothing really pronounced and a bit flat though. For me personally it lacks real character, but It's ok for tuning your palate for an uncomplicated evening of dramming.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

  14. JeanBaptiste scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    Well balanced, really not bad for a good price at Christmas!
    • Nose
      Fruity, slightly vanilla, fruit cake.
    • Taste
      We smell the sherry, a little caramel, spicy.
    • Finish
      Nice length, hints of dark chocolate, spices.

  15. Foudos scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  16. robbert88 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    On the nose: vanilla, apple, pear and chocolate. The nose blends nicely into the palette but here I also find some sweetness from honey and a pepper. In the aftertaste you clearly have some sherry influences. Not very intense but it is certainly present.

  17. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Red apples, plenty of honey. Fresh plums and figs, blueberries. A hint of raisins. But also vanilla. Sweet pears. Caramel and milk chocolate. Later also lemons.
    • Taste
      Sweet blackberries and plenty of honey. Raisins in the background. Vanilla. Followed by a hint of raw cashew nuts. Later some spices such as cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Somewhat short. Vanilla. Honey. Nutmeg.

  18. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

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