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Aberlour 2002

Overall rating
91.08/100
votes
43
Whiskybase ID
WB166127
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2002
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
2575
Number of bottles
252
Strength
62.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison Du Whisky
Added on
25 Sep 2020 8:55 pm by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 731.37

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour 2002

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.08 points

  1. Gris scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Fuckin' great whisky but a so recent 18yo, even of this quality, doesn't (at least actually) deserves the price of more than 350€ on the second market (and the 2 bottles i've seen here so far were for at least 700€, just a few time after being sold out... with abusing shipping costs... Edit: Now, 445€ only, wow, what a gift).

    For that price you'll almost get 2 bottles of 30-40(+) yo fabulous Speyside whisky bottled by IB.

    Come on guys, if you don't want to drink it, sell it for a decent price to whisky lovers or wait a little for that kind of price...

  2. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour 18 yo 2002/2020 (62.4%, OB, cask #2575, 263 bottles)

    This new baby has got the dark brown, almost mahogany colour of the very early batches of A’bunadh. It should be a proper sherry bomb à l’ancienne.

    Colour: mahogany.

    Nose: splendid, full of Havana tobacco, soy sauce, bouillons, crude chocolate, tar and liquorice (with moderation), miso, walnut wine, espresso, perhaps a wee bit of beef jerky, or rather Grisons meat, some cherry juice, and echoes of a great old Bourgogne from the Côte de Nuits. Your choice, be my guest, there’s even peonies. Ultra-classic high-sherry malt.

    With water: there, marrow, game, black cigars, very old Port, natural tar liqueur, coffee, crushed rocks, patchouli, earths… An amazing nose that tells you many long stories, but do not use an amplifying glass please.

    Mouth (neat): immediate pleasures, on liquorice, walnut liqueur, chocolate and coffee, plus a tiny mentholated touch. Superb, and I suppose meaty flavours will come out once it’s been H2O-ised. Now it’s not even brutal at 62% plus, or is it me?

    With water: no, it’s doesn’t actually become very meaty, it would rather gear towards more coffee and raw chocolate, which is just as great. I love it. Notes of bitter herbs, rocket salad perhaps… It’s just perfectly dry.

    Finish: long, a tad more on soups and bouillons this time. I cannot not mention umami, and indeed use the word savoury. A feeling of burnt wood and cigar in the aftertaste.

    Comments: up there with the best old Glendronachs, older-era Macallans - when they were still insisting on using oaken sherry casks - and indeed Aberlours (the cubes, remember?)

    SGP:462 - 92 points.

    whiskyfun.com

  3. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful darling but so far from what I expected .... A disappointment, I have the impression of drinking a finer and more successful Abunad'h but not an old Macallan or Glendro .....
    • Nose
      Notes of precious wood, resin with a nice minty freshness. There are also baked fruits, grapes, raspberries, cherries and strong glue.
    • Taste
      It's clearly Sherry, there are grapes, raspberries, precious wood. There is also cocoa and a great Drought. There is a slight bitterness (finer Abunad'h) and spices.
    • Finish
      Medium length on dried fruits, resin, oak and light spices. Everything remains Mentholated.

  4. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    92 points by Serge...

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/2020/Festival-des-Nouveautes-today-Aberlour-and-oloroso.html

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Does not deserve the 91 points average on wb right now. It's merely good, nothing unique, and certainly not great. Oh wait... 92 points by Serge on wf. I guess that is a good anchor, and why it's high scoring. Don't be a lemming, guys.
    • Nose
      Typical heavily sherried profile. There's chocolatey aromas to this, which is always a good thing. Good, not great.
    • Taste
      Sweet sherry, with loads of cherry cough drops, ribena, prune juice, dark chocolates, and hints of dark roasted coffee. It's not a particularly unique whisky but it is effective.
    • Finish
      A bit of sweet spicy ginger at the end. Rather good balance throughout, I must say, despite the high strength. Lengthy finish.

  6. WillWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very rich sherry, should be better after years of bottle aging!

  7. prz22 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sherry bomb exactly as expected - not too much layered but no flaws
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense and fruity but rather predictible.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, fruity, chocolate,herbs, very good
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, sweet, woody, warm

  8. Tastingbros scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/02/21/is-it-the-perfect-aberlour/
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Good Aberlour, nothing more.
    A good wood juice. To reserve for those who like it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      We can definitely be on a huge sherry, and the alcohol does not come out excessively on the nose, despite the degree.
      Prunes, figs, dates. We really start with the dried fruit.
      Noble wood, varnish, polish, camphor, it is very balanced.
      Light undergrowth. Dead leaf.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth it is violent. Oily leather, pepper, cloves, liquorice.
      Blackberry, red cherry, plum, date, fig.
      Cinnamon, cocoa.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish on liquorice, cocoa, red and black fruits.

  10. kringo86 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me of glendronachs like cask 447, really good sherry maturation. I diluted the dram to about 46%, it releases a few more aromas. It seems the choice of the glass is really important, tried the glencairn glass and it was really flat. Out of the - oh what a miracle - aberlour glass, that you get at the distillery after a tour, it showed its real power. There are no disgusting sulfury aromas nor tastes ... Had the feeling the more you try the better it gets. Unfortunately my 3cl sample is empty :(

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