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Aberlour 16-year-old

Overall rating
83.11/100
votes
262
Whiskybase ID
WB17680
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Double Cask Matured
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Oak & Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New one-piece label (2010)
Barcode
5000299298022
Added on
15 aug 2010 9:14 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 68.95

28 × in wishlist

262 × member ratings

630 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour 16-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.11 points

  1. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Creamy and delicate, sweet and silky
    w/ notes of nutmeg, milk chocolate, assorted dried fruits and nice sherriness.

    RATING: 85pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  2. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Gentle sweet milky chocolate with raisins, dried apricots, cacao beans and peach jam.

    RATING: 85pts - [n22,t21,f21,b21] → |83-85: Decent|

  3. branneman scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Dates, nutmeg, clearly a sherry
    • Taste
      Nutty, raisin, subtly peppery
    • Finish
      More raisin and sherry

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An intense nose with rather generous sherry and cooked apples, then there is leather, vanilla. Nice balance between robustness and softness. In the mouth, the promise is not kept in terms of complexity. There are many spices, vanilla but there is also a slight imbalance. Long final.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  5. IGLO scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    When first opened, there is a lot of wood in the taste, coals and burnt boards. After 6 months, sweetness appeared. A very interesting sample.

  6. KOQ24 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Much better than the 15 year old Aberlour, as well as the 40% version of the "Aberlour 16"
    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet,berries,orange zest,oak,spicy,leather,light nuttiness,malty
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet arrival
      -orange zest,berries,spicy,marzipan,caramel,brown sugar
    • Finish
      60 60
      short with a medium to strong alcohol note

  7. claymore84 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-04-2020
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is a nice mix of fruit and sweetness. All in all, very soft and round. There could be more wums in the mouth and on the finish. He is a bit cautious in giving off his aromas. The 12y Non chill-filtered was much more present here and I personally liked it better.
    • Nose
      After the 12y non chill-filtered my second Aberlour. The color in the glass is very similar to that of the 12. Nice and oily. I have the 40% version here. Accordingly, you don't notice any alcohol. Fruity-sweet smells rise straight from the glass into the nose. For me, the fruit or the fruits cannot be exactly defined. Orange at the beginning, maybe also a ripe red apple. Rum raisins behind it. After the first sip I notice caramel.
    • Taste
      Very soft body. Round in the mouth. No burning from alcohol. Fruit right at the beginning. In the middle a creamy mouthfeel, like light milk chocolate, which is crushed against the palate. After the first sip, the fruitiness changes to a spiciness at the beginning.
      I am a little lacking in the intensity of the flavors in my mouth. Can of course be due to the "only" 40%. It would be interesting if the 43er version brings more pressure on the palate.
    • Finish
      A soft, beautiful finish. The first sip I don't notice anything on the barrel. Maybe at the very end a trace of the oak, just a hint. The mouth dries towards the end and ends with a subtle sherry nuance. Overall, the duration of the departure is rather medium.

  9. maltaholic scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The smell of barley, straw.
    Tasty musty, furry.
    Not mine.

  10. AdamsB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    In 2012, she won a gold medal at IW&SC
    • Nose
      Oranges, raisins, lemon, dried plum, cinnamon, oak, drop of sherry
    • Taste
      Oak, almonds, spices, apple, drop of sherry
    • Finish
      Honey, oak, cloves

  11. Sandman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Nutmeg, marmalade, winegums, licorice, raisins, dates, wax, honey and hints of heather.
    • Taste
      Orange, gingerbread, winegums, marmalade, raisins, dates, plums, cherries, honey and wax.
    • Finish
      Medium, nutmeg, orange marmalade, raisins, plums, cherries and honey.

  12. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    beautiful malt, not killed by sherry, balanced
    like it a lot
    • Nose
      Sherry, sweetness, slightly oak, slightly nutty-musty, slightly floral (so flower meadow)
      later Walt (soil), slightly earthy, vanilla increases
    • Taste
      full and strong
      Oak, spicy, raisins and red fruits, the alcohol is noticeable
      later light lemon, pastry (so Butterspekulatius), a whole basket of fruit
    • Finish
      medium to long
      slightly sherry only, oak, bitter, slightly licorice in the bitter

  13. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sweet fruity with a hefty portion of sherry. But wonderfully involved. Nice whisky.

  15. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Way woodier than its 12- and 15-year-old counterparts. Mature and almost liqueur-like, with a herbal liquorice aroma that I'd ascribe to European-oak sherry casks. Warm, creamy, and nutty, with notes of berries, candied orange peel, Black Forest gateau and conserved morello cherries.

    Perfectly potable at 43% with zero burn. Mild and round, perhaps a bit too much so for some. I'd dread the prospect of having to opt for the (also available) 40% bottling. Nicely fruity, though here, it's orange and wild berries rather than the more lively tropical fruits of the younger versions. The wood is present from the get-go and stays in place on the palate all throughout the development (reminds me a bit of Glenfarclas in this respect).

    Like the unchillfiltered 12-year-old, this one ends on immaculate notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate; powdery-dry but not bitter at all. Considerable staying power if you take the ABV into account.

    Really good, much less Bourbon-influenced than the younger versions, and it improves with air in the bottle, becoming even more mellow and mature. 16 going on 18, if you ask me. I recommend you grab a bottle of this while you can, i.e., before they decide to cut the bottle size to 500ml here as well.

  16. whiskyd scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Markie81 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I'd give this a slight but definite edge over the 15-year-old. Beautiful floral and fruit notes (orange blossoms!), a well-composed mix of Bourbon and sherry casks, and an elegant finish.

  19. davidloosli scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Good basic sherried scotch
    • Nose
      Strawberries, milk chocolate, raisins, rummy, slight mustiness, flowery, rose water
    • Taste
      Peppery, spicy, berries, cherries, some white fruits as well
    • Finish
      Warm wood, caramel, no bitterness, stewed fruit

  20. larswehmeier scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Great value for money!
    • Nose
      Full and strong in the nose despite "only" 43%. Sweet raisins meet spicy nuts. Beautiful sherry-toned nose that already shows some chocolate here.
    • Taste
      Mild and velvety on the tongue. But then strong and spicy in the taste. Lots of sherry. Some blackberry or similar dark forest fruit. Pleasant oak.
    • Finish
      Long and mild.

  21. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Clear, wonderfully fruity cherry and peach. Bitter chocolate with raspberry or cherry, Jaffacake with cherry filling, dried mango and strong sugar sponge cake. Later also hints of nuts and slightly floral accents.
    • Taste
      Light. Spicy on, then Jaffacake with cherry filling, ground nuts, creamy waves, syrupy accents, dark chocolate, sherry and brown sugar.
    • Finish
      Medium long, dark chocolate, cherry and a minty freshness.

  22. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/aberlour-16-yo-double-cask-ob-ca-2012/

  24. regislefrancois scored this whisky 62 points Expert Junior

    a nose that highlights the ethers mainly, in the mouth we remain on his hunger, the sherry side is very weak, unless you leave a little whisky in the mouth. the average finish. Overall, he did not leave me a good impression. pity for a 16 year old. version 12 is more punchy

  25. Vexer scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. abt72 scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. dRambo scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  28. zormik scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  30. Springfrench scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A large-area whisky that deserves to be rediscovered. I enjoyed it a lot. This Aberlour 16 years is balanced, full of aromas, but do not ask too much ...
    • Nose
      A lot of sweetness in this first nose. It is very creamy and very fruity: apple, pear, vanilla and hints of cherries quite obvious. It's flattering, easy and instantaneous. Nice notes of honey, brown sugar and maple syrup. A whisky that could be described as springtime with its flowery and honeyed notes. A balanced nose, fresh thanks to these scents of mint and low alcohol. First step successfully crossed!
    • Taste
      It's very light. The palate leans more towards sherry, even if the typical notes of aging in bourbon casks are present. Little bitterness Sugar, a little woody. Some notes of milk chocolate, some coffee, dark chocolate, violet and vanilla. It is well done and quite balanced but it lacks pep's and character
    • Finish
      Of a correct length on mint, cereals, vanilla.

  31. Phàdraig scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      91 91

  33. Achany scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  34. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.pl/a/40-aberlour/42-aberlour-16-year-old-double-cask-matured-2006-43.html
    • Nose
      8,2 Dość mocno dębowa z nutami cynamonu, kakao, kawy, wiśni oraz gruszki.
    • Taste
      8,2 Lekko cierpka, dębowa z nutami ciemnej słodkiej czekolady, białego pieprzu z odrobiną śliwki i wiśni.
    • Finish
      8,3 Dobrej długości z nutami wiśni oraz brzoskwini z odrobiną karmelu i słodu.

  35. The_Sam scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose hugely benefits from water, but the taste is too thin to take water.
    The taste is definetly unimpressive for a 16 yo. The 18 yo makes a better 16 yo, but is also lacking for its age. They are not bad, but when it comes to Aberlours, they lack definition in the taste.
    Aberlour excels in the lower ages; the 10 yo is a cracker. The 12 yo unchillfiltered is arguably the best Aberlour expression. But not forget the A'bunadh; very good (and young!).
    • Nose
      No water: sweet of fresh summer fruit, red apples. Cognac hint. Spicy tones, hint of freshness.
      With water: more sweet, but unclear to pinpoint.hint of ash (is this the toasting of the casks?) light spices. Raisins.
    • Taste
      No water: dry, sweet arrival. Warm spicy development.
      With water: hesitating arrival. Sweet development
    • Finish
      Without water: long fruity finish.
      Wit water, warm, medium finish

  37. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      75 75

  38. Magnus Hillman did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The nose was excellent, the palate and finish were decent but could definitely benefit from higher strength. The nose itself scores like 88-90 but the total score today is 85/100.

    (Rating interval 83-86)
    • Nose
      Butterscotch, caramel, dates, figs, assorted nuts and milk chocolate. Bubble gum is there as well far back. Great nose actually!
    • Taste
      Light mouthfeel, crisp and spicy at the same time. Nutmeg, ginger, mild cinnamon and black pepper. Some big juicy raisins, orange peel and banana.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length with the same spicy character. Also bitter almonds and hazelnuts. Orange candy after a while but really weak.

  39. KayMeertens scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    More bitter and more spicy than the 15 YO.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, almond, green apple, orange, milk chocolate, hazelnut, citrus and raisin.
    • Taste
      Orange, almond, vanilla, apple, hazelnut and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Marzipan, hazelnut, raisin, caramel, chocolate and a little smoke.

  40. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A typical dessert dram! Thank you, Annelies!
    • Nose
      Sexy nose! Loads of maple syrup, buttercups, milk chocolate
      with nuts, honey, mint. Very creamy indeed. Sultanas, toffee, banana flambéed.
      Wonderful!
    • Taste
      On the palate too, it is very creamy, almost syrupy.
      Dried fruit and nuts, flambéed banana again, Grand Marnier, dried figs and
      dades, honey, caramelized apple. Hints of citrus. And suddenly the spices
      emerge: cinnamon, ginger, pepper, saffron, vanilla. Very accessible and sweet.
    • Finish
      The medium long finish offers sweet malt and candied
      oranges;

  41. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Friendly digestive at a reduced price.
    • Nose
      orange, sherry, spices.
    • Taste
      Sweet and mellow, butterscotch, sweet spices.
    • Finish
      Medium, dry fruit, a little pepper

  42. jodeenow scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Pretty flat and without end.
    Far from what you can expect from a 16yo.
    Far from being an unforgettable whisky ...

  43. jodeenow scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Flat and without end. Far from what one can expect from a 16 years old.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      65 65

  44. Jaap Kooiman scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    It`s so balanced it will get boring in some way. The finish is rather short so you wanna take a sip very soon. Not as thick as I thought a 16 yr should be. Feels like you haven`t any alcohol in your mouth. Very smooth and soft. Perfect girlfriend material and very pleasant if you don`t like smoke and/or harsh whisky. 
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      82 82

  45. waynex scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Tasting notes as documented by Aberlour on the presentation tube.
    • Nose
      Rich, dry scented floral and sweet raisin aromas with spicy nuttiness.
    • Taste
      Smooth, full, sweet floral and spicy flavours with a soft plum fruitiness and gentle oakiness.
    • Finish
      Long, warm spicy fruitiness.

  46. mmaclean scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Love this version of the Aberlour double cask. This

    has lots of fruit and golden honey for lots of whisky drinkers. It is a

    16 yr that I love because you can have it about any time with friends

    new to scotch or Aberlour`s line of whisky. I hope they continue to

    produce whisky`s like this forever.

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