Aberlour 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.41/100
votes
848
Whiskybase ID
WB17681
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Sherry and bourbon casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label (2010)
Barcode
5000299298190
Added on
15 aug 2010 9:14 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 162.38

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour 18-year-old

151 users have left 179 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.41 points.

  1. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Artus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I still consider this Aberlour to be one of the most classic and honest sherry malts on the market. It is not only suitable for beginners, but also for "old hands". I like to use this Aberlour and can recommend it unreservedly.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    - a very nicely matured, balanced single malt
    where you can taste the age and beautiful
    development of taste in the mouth
    - makes you want to more
    - for originally about 70 € still fully OK for the great
    Taste experience, but 130 and more ..... not me
    added value
    • Nose
      full nose with sweet sherry aroma, fruity, dark chocolate, orange [G] gentle attack but powerful, spicy increase on the palate, very voluminous, great, soft, sweet sherry development spreads out, [A] short, spicy finish with noticeable oak; longer aftertaste with chocolate flavor (dark bittersweet chocolate), great aftertaste in the mouth

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Matthias80 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really a top whisky. Unfortunately I tried it after the strong barrel, so no information on how strong it is.
    • Nose
      Sherrynoten, Holzwürze
    • Taste
      Again the wood seasoning, sherry, marzipan, roasted aromas, liquorice
    • Finish
      Licorice and marzipan

  7. Samy Malthead scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Lubricant, sherry, wood, candy sweetness
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sugar sweetness, mild, vanilla sweetness, red dried fruits, oak
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, dry, rather simple

  8. Flou scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The color is wonderful, a shade of amber with a slight slope into the reddish tones. But what use is that if you can't be sure whether it has been dyed here or not? The newer 18s from Aberlour are colored, but I can't find any information about this on the packaging or the label of this older bottling. It's a shame.

    On the nose, the Aberlour is initially very fruity with wood felling. I immediately think of juice oranges, very fruity and sweet but also a little bit scented. Green apple pieces (the sour Granny Smith apples), apricots and red grapes are added to the large bowl, before everything is drizzled with honey. In the background, a spicy wood note can be felt right from the start, the intensity of which blends in well and reminds me more of wooden beams from the Bauhaus than of grandma's old oak chest of drawers. For me, the sherry profile is typical for refilled sherry barrels, lovers of aromas of dark, boiled down fruits should prefer another bottle. Vanilla and milk chocolate complement the sherry barrel flavors. In the nose the Aberlour with its 43% looks very pleasant and not at all too mild or weak. A quite pleasing game of flavors that should also appeal to beginners. But when I think of the Glendronach 18, I have to say, unfortunately, that a class difference becomes clear as soon as I miss it. The Glendronach simply plays in a higher league. Unfortunately also in terms of price.

    In the mouth, the whisky looks a bit thin and watered down at first. But then a pepperiness settles on the tongue, which feigns a little power, but which is not really there. The fruit salad with honey is spreading out, but is now clearly spiced with pepper and the milk chocolate is now becoming darker. A light oak bitterness envelops the sweetness and fruitiness, a few raisins can be guessed in the background. And the wood, which reminds me of wooden beams from the Bauhaus and doesn't really meet my taste. Some cinnamon and leather lead over to the finish.

    I would describe the finish as medium. The tannins are now clearly dominant and make the finish quite spicy and tart with pepper, some cinnamon, tobacco and leather. Everything is enveloped in a very light mist, which is reminiscent of the honey and fruits that were still very present when we smelled.

    In conclusion, I can say that it was thanks to this whisky that I really wanted to delve deeper into the world of whisky. But I wouldn't buy a bottle anymore. The Aberlour 18 is not bad, but my own demands have changed so much over the years that I would like to offer this bottle to beginners to try, but I would not take the open bottle on the shelf myself.

    I got 84/100 points.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A solid, multifaceted, polished whisky that has excellent balance and depth. You want to drink this whisky slowly in small sips, stretching the pleasure.
    • Nose
      The aroma meets with tones of cherry wood, dried fruit compote, rose petals and fresh baked goods. The noble notes of old leather, cigars and barnyard are felt deeper.
    • Taste
      Austere, with a high content of dried fruits, spices and tannins, with a bright echo of a red apple.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, measured, with sweet tones of prunes, dried cherries, figs and dried apricots, with peppery and soft malt nuances, with delicate tannins at the very end.

  10. Francishomola scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      oranges, light floral, fruity,nutty, apple,
    • Taste
      87 87
      bitter chocolate, deeper, heavier,
      sour intense,
    • Finish
      87 87
      nutty, oaky finish, honey remain long after,

  11. Don Cassi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, typical bourbon aromas of caramel and vanilla. Behind it, fruity notes of sherry and orange.

    Slightly spicy and fruity sweet in the mouth. In the strong finish immediately sherry, then chocolate and oak.

    Grade: 2+

  12. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasty but simple and boring
    • Nose
      Sweet creamy simple sherry
    • Taste
      Simple sweet sherry creamy fruitiness, a little woody
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, sherry and woody notes

  13. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Deep and oily, sweet and fruity
    w/ notes of strong black tea with orange marmalade decorated by chocolate.

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.

  14. tribe scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I still remember that it was very woody and tart, with coffee and cocoa, but not sweet. I didn't like it that much.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Competently crafted malt, not a sherry bomb but should be considered a "sherry whisky" despite the additional use of ex-bourbon casks. As long as the bottle was 70 cl and the price around 60 EUR it was well-positioned in my opinion as it is one of the weaker 18 yo out there just as Glenfarclas 18, 21 + 25 are solid malts but in no way express the pinnacle of official distillery bottles in their age range.
    • Nose
      Nice dried, dark fruit. Toffee. Maltiness. But also a certain freshness and maltiness. (= no Dronach Allardice 18!)
    • Taste
      Balanced, a bit delicate due to only 43 abv. pleasant notes of dark as well as yellow fruit stew, toffee, but compared to younger versions also wood influence, some leather and tobacco notes. No off notes in my batch.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish, Oloroso sherry sticks around. A slight smokiness and oakiness lingers as well. But nowhere near the finish of a good a'bunadh that you'll still taste next morning.

  16. Astrid scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A rock solid assemblage of sherry and bourbon influences, with 43% vol. Unfortunately a bit weak.
    • Nose
      83 83
      comes light and elegant, set sherry with vanilla and caramel, apple, plum jam, malty shortbread biscuits, apricot and a little honey, strawberries, subtle oak with almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg, a thin layer of chocolate, banana, oranges, a touch of soap
    • Taste
      82 82
      At the beginning relatively thin and not very lively, occasionally the age flashes, chocolatey malt, sherry aromas, here the oak wood is a bit more present and spicy, vanilla, prune and strawberry, leather with a hint of honey, apricot, hazelnuts, cocoa-bitter caramel, hints of cherries and peach
    • Finish
      83 83
      fruity sherry with caramel and cinnamon, oak and vanilla, slightly earthy with plum jam, strawberry, cocoa, almonds and later walnuts

  17. KOQ24 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Unsurprisingly the best in Aberlour's standard range.
    • Nose
      80 80
      caramel,toffee,sweet,cherries,plums,paprika
    • Taste
      85 85
      Follows the nose in addition to sherry,rose hip,orange zest
    • Finish
      75 75
      Medium to long and soft with a light alcohol note

  18. dominikbraun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Perfumed apples, tangy oranges and limes, distinct orange peel, spices, red fruits. Tart, sour and sweet. Everything reserved and discreet.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy, spicy, dark fruit notes, wax, honey, chocolate, grapefruit, wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Again grapefruit, orange peel, oak and chocolate. Overall medium length.

  19. saothangbay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  20. Sandman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Brown sugar, vinous, orange, chocolate, coffee with milk, honey, garlic, banana, peach, pear and hint of plum.
    • Taste
      Oak wood, bitter chocolate, vinous, ginger, garlic, lemon zest, ground coffee, dried fruit,
    • Finish
      Medium, sawdust, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, ground coffee, chocolate, plum, liquorice

  21. El Bastardo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Much too good to drink as "standard whisky" and much too standard to be seen as something special. Dangerously tasty or luxurious default sip for advanced users.
    • Nose
      60 60
      Quite sherry-like, but at the same time significantly different than pure sherry storage à la Mcallan. Sherry, but not so very dark red fruits and raisins, more oranges and a little fresh cherries.
    • Taste
      60 60
      Fruity and full of flavor. Initially only sweetish, but then transitioning to a pleasant bitterness, which is not so much reminiscent of pure oak bitterness, more almost herb-like. Various flavors, also a bit nutty and the very slight association with caraway as a spice.
    • Finish
      60 60
      Pulls down the palate in a medium-fast manner and leaves behind a warmth that becomes dry.

  22. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fruity and fresh, especially with orange and peach, balanced, the short finish is somewhat disappointing, quite simple but tastes good.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Oranges, kiwi, menthol, honey, sherry, pear peel
    • Taste
      87 87
      White pepper, oily, orange peel, white peach, white tea
    • Finish
      84 84
      In short, dry, oranges, white peach, milk chocolate

  23. Dan0 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  24. Svarttt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice balanced adult standard.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Light red fruits, some caramel. Dark wood.
    • Taste
      86 86
      More from the sherry barrel, sweet fruits, caramel, old pear, spicy wood aromas, a little tartaric acid.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather medium length. Not too dry.

  25. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is not a bad whisky, for sure, since it contains many nice balanced flavours. I guess it just does not really do it for me.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Start off with lots of apple cider, which transform into copper, light sherry, fudge, caramelised sweet pears, raisins and hints of tanned peaches. It really gets sweeter after an initial fruity, and supposedly young, nose. Feels much more mature now. Some spicy notes from the wood come up to back up the fruity ones. In the development vanilla (cake) arises and faint hints of coconut. Luckily the wood does not stand in the way of the pleasantly springlike freshness. I also get some wine-y notes, like some fresh and slightly spicy Gewürztraminer. Good balance with more apples and pears, now in the form of grandma’s apple pie with cinnamon, nuts and raisins, and wine-cooked pears. A second time also brought fudge, raisin cake and grape juice.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Fresh and fruity with green apples, freshly peeled pears, brown sugar, apple pie with raisins, and a few nutty notes. The apple pie note is pretty persistent, while the wood is initially more subdued then in the nose. A faint hint of white pepper and a somewhat stronger hint of cinnamon rolls. Probably more like cinnamon sugar. The wood influence becomes stronger with more spices, hints of dark forest fruits, raisin cake and red wine. The aftertaste is rather short and filled with apple pie, raisins, cider and lightly spiced woody notes.
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. GJR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Proefolympics 2020 sample one its a blindtasting competition. The nose is the best part of this malt and after the revealing it is an Aberlour 18, the profile made sense.

    bottle date: 21.07.14
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sherry wood, wood sap, fruity, floral, lavender, hay, some wax, some raisins, red grapes, caramel, orange, great nose, lots going on.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet, honey, orangepeel, herbal, brown sugar, marzapin, butterscotch, touch of sherry.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sugary, wood, dry, spices, nutmeg, cacoa, raspberry, marzapin.

  28. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    At a tasting this was served after the 16 Aberlour and he could put a shovel on his younger brother.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet wood, frothed milk, gingerbread
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily sweetness, some white pepper, dark fruits, honey, caramel, spicy wood, light mint
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to long with nice sweetness and light pepper and a pleasant wood note.

  29. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Drunk on the terrace, with a view of the Cazaux pond in 2018. Rather pleasant. So much so that I had decided to buy a bottle ... of 70cl of course. Ah damn, it was replaced by a bottle of 50? What do you mean at the same price? Are you sure? Ah ... so I pass my turn.

  30. Toto0808 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fruity with a lot of depth

  31. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  32. Lorion scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant and very smooth. It shows its age in beautiful oak aromas. But it is also quite banal 74 points.
    • Nose
      Honey sweetness. Vanilla. Yellow apple. Aromatic oak. Some chocolate. Subtle sherry notes.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy. Tobacco and oak. bitter chocolate
    • Finish
      Medium length and smooth.

  33. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very interesting. The floral and orange combo is really great! Surprisingly, there is little to be noticed in the mouth. Here, a duo of spices and bitterness take over - probably the oak is more important here. A big-bottle candidate from the nose. But I miss something when it comes to mouthfeel. Only seasoning and bitter is not enough for a purchase.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The color is a very nice dark, reddish amber. The nose immediately begins with a delicate, almost floral, perfumed note. This floral fragrance turns into a sweet orange in the glass after a short time. No stinging or the like of alcohol noticeable - very well integrated. Now, after a few more minutes of rest in the glass, sherry fragrances are also emerging. But not the dark-fruity and leathery, but rather the red, bright fruits. Add a little vanilla - probably from the bourbon barrel.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Lively and sweet at the start. Cinnamon briefly takes the lead in the mouth. I no longer notice any of the vanilla or orange I had in my nose in my mouth. The mouthfeel is a little watery.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The spicy, peppery continues on the finish. After that comes a not too violent bitterness, rather small espresso. Now there is a little bit of oak. The oak stays in the mouth for longer.

  34. maltaholic scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice, fruity aroma.
    Soft and balanced.

    Strong and ripe.
    Oak flavors, a bit spicy, but nicely supported by the sherry.

    Gorgeous!

  35. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A pleasantly fruity sherry malt from front to back in a delicate, diluted drinking strength of 43%. For me an 89-point pleasure that remains on the palate and in the finish on the more fleeting side. Not unlike a good Armagnac in its fruit perfume aromas ...
    • Nose
      90 90
      A sweet fruit perfume. No wonder the French love the Aberlour Malts. Pleasant sherry notes, complemented by sweet red grapes. Some fine barrel flavor. Exactly right, reminds me spontaneously of the 16 year old Double Cask (ID: 46209) from Aberlour. The 18-year-old Speysider still looks a bit more "ripe" and "dark fruity", sometimes a little orange flashes. A very fine aroma.
    • Taste
      89 89
      First sherry, then the grape fruit, followed by the seasoning, which now brings along a few garden herbs in addition to the barrel aromas. The whole thing flies relatively quickly, a gentle fruit breeze in the mouth too.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is medium long and summarizes the aromas and the taste experience again. He'll be gone soon.

  36. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  37. SRB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I like the nose here, a really nice mild fruity aroma. Also in the mouth very tasty, but unfortunately also quite soft. Here, a slightly higher alcohol content probably would have done well and led to an even higher rating. Nevertheless, a tasty-tasty malt that does not overburden and arouse. Easy to drink and delicious without excitement.
    • Nose
      88 88
      very sweet and intense fruity; Orange; Apricot; Toffee; a delicate oak spice in the background; beautiful elegant fruity-sweet nose, you can smell forever
    • Taste
      87 87
      mild, very supple in the mouth; Alcohol hardly noticeable; Honey; to pleasantly slightly bitter fruit notes; some apricot; delicate creamy chocolate note; a subtle oak spice comes with some time in the mouth
    • Finish
      86 86
      mild and soft; a nice slightly tart oak flavor; unexcited

  39. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Strong black tea with orange marmalade, wet wood saw cut, peach jam and Sneakers.

    RATING: 87pts - [n22,t21,f22,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  40. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The 70cl was there in mid-2018 still under 60 €. He was an outstanding standard for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  41. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Yep. Also delicious. But would I pay more for this than for the 12cc NCF I had just before? Probably not, just a little more ....

    So I like that too, but never ever 100 € for the Buddel.

  42. Sandman23 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  43. craide scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great soft creamy paints. Typical sherry sweetness, everything harmonizes beautifully. Pleasant pleasing standard paints due to the new pricing policy falls slightly. Not in the taste!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Slight sherry sweetness, more honey sweetness.
      Peach Oranges come out, you notice nothing of the alcohol. Rear herb garden with some oak.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dark fruits, sweet, full of flavor. Occupy the whole mouth. Goes over in milk chocolate slightly pleasant peppery note,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Aisle finish with oak subtle vanilla, is slightly spicy towards the end,
      But falls off in the finish ...

  44. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Certainly a delicious malt. For me, however, a little too tasty. Nothing that I really need a bottle of.

  45. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    For me, this malt is completed. Do not know what I should miss here. He has absolutely met my taste and is very mature and ready.
    The scent is just heavenly
    • Nose
      Sweet, ripe fruit; Sherry; the production of saliva begins with the smell; there was oak for a while, but it's gone again; is that honey? Or caramel? He just smells absolutely gorgeous; For a short while, citrus tingles through (difficult for me to classify, lemon / lime, or orange peel?) After the first sip, this note is clearly more present for me. Would put her in sour orange
    • Taste
      Boa, he is full and voluminous. Sherry, fruit mix (ripe caramelized pear?); then comes a beautiful, round oak. But no bitter oak. I think she fits very well, but does not interfere. The existing sweetness is difficult for me to classify (a mixture of honey, malt and caramel?) It often changes back and forth. Madness. Does the sweetness carry a touch of heather? I still have a hard time distinguishing between malt and heather. Is very close together for me.
    • Finish
      Medium and mild. Later he warms, but gently. He gets slightly harsh (but pleasant, his mouth does not contract completely). The fruit remains hanging in the finish. Malt / heather (in the meantime I would rather assign it to the malt) keeps coming through

  46. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The "Gentleman Dram" from Aberlour!
    Unfortunately it has now become quite expensive!
    • Nose
      sweet sherry flavors, fruits (orange, pear), dark chocolate, oak;
    • Taste
      pleasantly soft and mild, a lot of sherry, ripe sweet fruits, oak, spice, hazelnuts;
    • Finish
      medium-long, harmonious finish with fine spice;

  47. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  48. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  49. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Balanced, round, sherry, but rather discreet. Good, but a little boring.

  50. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Counter-intuitively, this initially appears less oaky and "mature" than the 16-year-old - but no less rich. Fruitier on the nose, with creamy and inviting notes of marzipan, baking spices, Jaffa Cakes and cherry pie. Caramel candy and berry jam. Bourbon brightness and sherry richness in sweet harmony (can we call it the Aberlour Effect?). There's also a soapy and floral aspect, but it's somewhere off in the distance. Judging from the nose, the bottling strength could stand a few extra percentage points, I have to say.

    Silky arrival that immediately segues into luscious fruity and sweet notes. Custard and cakes; chocolate- and fruit-topped petits-fours, to be precise. Very light - almost airy - with some orange blossom and milk chocolate coming through soon after the mid-palate. Sweet and pleasant, with reserved use of wood.

    Finishes on oak spices and cocoa/chocolate, with a juicy echo. No complaints here.

    Lovely Aberlour, no question. But I feel that this is catering to the masses too much; it feels somewhat too "round" and approachable and watered down. I would have liked more substance - maybe I shouldn't have had the unchillfiltered 12 beforehand.

  51. Jeadrick scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  52. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    More matured and harder than the 15yo. Nice. 85/86.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sherry, dried fruits, tangerine, honey, vanilla and antique leather.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sherry, milk chocolate, pepper, nutmeg, oak, Fanta and Earl Grey tea.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet.

  53. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2014] Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 61,50 Euro in September, 2014.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5. My notes state "without flaws and highlights".

    [December, 2019] I opened another bottle of batch LKPG 4686 that I bought for 61,50 Euro in September 2014 - so I can do proper tasting notes now...

    ...and this is a very quaffable balanced sherried dram with all ingredients (malt, sherry, wood) in perfect harmony. No, there are no highlights in terms of spectacular impressions or quick resp. hard taste buds hits and yes, this is good! I can quaff several drams of this "unspectacular" malt in a row while I will stop after the first sherry-monster-dram, usually (because these monsters own a "hit-and-run profile", meaning they inject bold first impressions but nothing new which is of interest after that).
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is tawny and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile that is rather shy. After all the Glenfarclas Family Casks tastings this is somewhat unimpressive but still much better than most of today's designed sherry-only drams. In this nose I find the fine Aberlour aromas too which turns it balanced with all three malt, sherry and wood-induced impressions.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is much more sherry-driven than the nose and even somewhat layered. The malt flavours are on eye-level with the sherry while the wood is firm but never dominating. No flaw that I can find (certainly no sulphur) and all perfectly balanced - the longer I chew it the more I like it. The apricot and chocolate notes are very delicious, this is quaffable without any doubts.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds liquorice and spicy impressions without distracting moments again. Water is not needed.

  54. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully light, mild and also so well matured. Viewed from the PLV, one of the greats in whisky heaven. Respect for this bottling, because there is almost nothing to complain about here. And that's why: house whisky.
    • Nose
      One word: oranges! Then chocolate cake with red fruits and a little floral it comes with zero alcohol. He needs time in the glass, then things go well. This is a nose that everyone really likes. It always works!
    • Taste
      Of course it could have been more%. But I like this soft, woolly, creamy, soft mouth filling "sherry pleasure". Wow. The tongue and palate just can't get enough. Here the milk chocolate takes a back seat. Because now the dark chocolate clearly dominates. Supported by spicy oak. For those who don't like wood, things are getting more difficult now.
    • Finish
      It ends up medium to long. Hardly anything new. Slightly dry finish with again good spicy oak notes. 80% dark chocolate. Just my impression: "He has too few% te".

  55. uap304 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's a total winner. Highly underrated, right up there with the other 18-year sherry bad boys. Not over-rich, straightforward and enjoyable, and so highly drinkable.
    • Nose
      Cherries, oranges, and heavy sherry. Mild sulfur but not overpowering. There is milk chocolate and vanilla in the background. Mmmmm.
    • Taste
      Full but not too rich. Zesty and refreshing. Light sherry. Gentle spice, oak, and orange.
    • Finish
      So completely smooth, so addicting. Cream and milk chocolate. Sherry and sulfur. Oak spices, becoming dry.

  56. Thebear scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nice, soft and creamy whisky. Has a lot to offer and is easy to drink. Had him open for a long time and neither in the nose nor the first sip you notice the alcohol. Medium intensity in the flavors, as well as mid-length finish bring me to 87 points !!!
    • Nose
      Sherry, cinnamon, dark fruits
    • Taste
      Sherry, creamy, sweet and bitter, peach, apricot, rum notes
    • Finish
      Medium long, ginger, mousse, peach, apricot, rum

  57. ArthurHaver scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    One word. Heavenly
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      95 95

  58. ricallende scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      orange marmelade notes and hints of cocoa.
    • Taste
      warm & malty, full-bodied, ripe apricots, more orange and cocoa. honey sweetness
    • Finish
      longer and less dry than expected for a tamed whisky,

  59. Falnor scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  60. Dr.Nose scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Rich, complex with full flavors of sherry, butterscotch and brown sugar. Then show chocolate and fruit (peach and orange peel).
    • Taste
      Tones of spicy Christmas puddings and aromas of soft apricots, creamy, liquor-like and flavors of vanilla (wood) and light honey tones.
    • Finish
      Very long, warm and nicely balanced, developing from creme brulée aromas to soft tones of oak.

  61. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Many flavors, well balanced and harmonious. Nice!
    • Nose
      first sweet and spices, raisins, a little bit alcoholic
    • Taste
      creamy, milk chocolate, dried fruits, a little wood and leather, dark cherry and chocolate
    • Finish
      warming, spicy and medium long

  62. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  63. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2014/01/30/aberlour-18-yo-2013-ob-43/
    • Nose
      N: fresco, succoso elegante… e che personalità! La componente sherried è di quelle zuccherine e pulite, se si esclude una particolare, deliziosa nota minerale, come di polvere da sparo… Frutta a palate (fresca: mele rosse, frutti rossi, fragola; ma anche cotta: mele e prugne, con anche una minima sfumatura di cannella e confettura d’albicocca). Un bel cioccolato rotondo, al latte, e un bel malto briochoso completano un quadro onesto e deciso: tanta, tanta roba!, direbbe qualcuno. Sfumature di tamarindo e cola.
    • Taste
      P: molto ‘burroso’, con il malto che torna protagonista, assieme a intense note dolci ma “bruciate”, tipo caramello, toffee, creme brulée. Non c’è frutta rossa, piuttosto cioccolato, pesche sciroppate, ancora cola / tamarindo. Dopo un po’ l’invecchiamento si fa sentire, con legno e liquirizia. Corpo a tratti un po’ debolino, a dirla tutta. Frutta secca (nocciola, noce).
    • Finish
      F: cioccolato, cola, frutta secca (noce), caramello. Medio lungo e persistente.

  64. Glen Krid scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  65. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  66. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  67. RL_whisky scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Superb value for money dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  68. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A dangerously tasty standard would of course be great in CS.
    • Nose
      Typically very round standard Sherrymalt with a bit of age, a lot of dark honey, red apple, a lot of caramel, even quite bright with some flower meadow, more% would really help, tangerine peel later and hints of light leather
    • Taste
      Extreme orange and red apple, extremely in the sense of 90% of notes, he is strong with the alcohol content unfortunately not, thyme, rosemary, grapefruit, dangerously tasty fruity, some cherry and milk chocolate, a few nuts vllt. still
    • Finish
      For a long time, the orange and a few more teenagers are still there, the few herbs and some malt and oak

  69. mr_braun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In cask strength that would be a very interesting candidate. But also very tasty and delicious.
    • Nose
      Round, sherrylastiger, Malt. Dark, ripe fruits with echoes of oak. More alcohol would be helpful.
    • Taste
      Full, soft, sweet mouthfeel. Sherrynoten and dried fruit in the mouth.
    • Finish
      medium-length finish with neat spice.

  70. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    good nose (combination of elegant oloroso and sweet pedro ximenez) with a slight touch of floral, wood and toffee. but fails on taste and finish, feels too watery, texture is light therefore the nice flavors on the nose doesn’t translate very well on the palate.

  71. LuLeKock scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      74 74

  72. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    a beautiful easy drinking paints the soft and beautiful flavors bring along but still quite light. simple but delicious!
    • Nose
      the first nose is very round and balanced, a sweet-sour mixture of baking fruit rises from the glass and flatters the smell buds, a little meadow and wood binds itself very nicely into the nose. Overall, he is not very intense so rather a Feungeist. I also feel a hint of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      the mild nose runs just as soft on the tongue, first a little oily and then comes the plum compote with a careful tingle. It stays sweet until then some Fassaromen come to it
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and spicier than expected, the dried fruit is not much left, but still the mouth is nicely filled.

  73. Nestheth scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A fine attempt at combining sour fruits with liqourice. Leaves a tad to improve, but works as is pretty well.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  74. Nestheth scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    This one might take a couple of glasses emptied until gotten into. It does have character. Liqourice is at the forefront, accompanied by sour fruits. Not a bad dram, not bad at all.
    • Nose
      Sweet - raisin, rhummish, mild sherry, honey. Liqourice. Oak.
    • Taste
      Liqourice, sherry, oak. Alcohol stings tongue slightly despite the percentage.
    • Finish
      Sour - Apricot, orange. Oak. Again alcohol reminds of its presence via warmth.

  75. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  76. Helgo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, this adult has somewhat disappointed me over time. It was one of the few bottles that have declined with the oxidation. Unfortunately!

    The honest sherry gods were not superimposed at the beginning and in my view perfectly integrated. Then the whisky gave way, the notes became scarcer, the vanilla more present and much more did not come.

    In total over the 18 months but absolutely fine and the age comes out.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  77. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    From a sample left over from Februarys MnC:

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/mnc-a-shot-in-the-dark/

    I felt this was worth of quiet consideration given how taken i was by it in February [88] - but can it stand up to close scrutiny at home?

    N: We have a 3% abv rise here, perhaps spelling out its intent towards a more ‘serious’ target audience? Smelling now a Lardy cake-sweetness with delicious raisins and a quiet & clean toffee=fudge=y fustiness with a strap of leather. Its far [clotted] creamier than the 12yo. Good stuff. 
    T: A more alert on arrival than the 12yo. Moves quickly to an Ovaltine-y=Caramac-y-malty fudgy-ness with sour cream and light yet deepish woody notes. Beds in comfortably, the sherry element rising slowly but surely. A little bees wax and more raspberry=blackberry leaf tea [like the 12yo] later on.
    F: Turns in with a non-specific glow-like heat to a malty-barley>savoury=sweet finish. Biscuity woody=herbal-tea tannins at the death.
    C: Very good, again. Not quite as amazing as in February, but then this sample as been around awhile - different day, different me. The 12 & 18yo work really nicely together given the close family resemblance, whilst pairing them underlines their maturation & wood management differences, This nudges a point ahead given the extra depth, but both the 12 and this 18yo are both very competent. A very realistic proposition for those looking for a Macalla-ternative - a [cheaper] substitute for their beloved Macallan 18yo. £84 vs £179 [Aug ’17].Scores a B[-]

  78. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  79. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This one is a little chameleon and full of surprises. I've never had such perfumed notes on a malt, and I'm not sure whether I like it or not. I'm curious how he tastes me next time.
    • Nose
      The very first nose is TRiTOP Mandarin / Orange (a rather artificially smelling syrup of the 70's). Real surprise number 1! After 5-10 minutes lavender soap rises suddenly in the nose ... fascinating ... so let it stand again. After about 15-20 minutes then finally a classic sherry malt nose, but a bright red and fruity: vanilla, milk chocolate, bright red fruit, tangerine skin and leather
    • Taste
      The first sip is a sparkling blend of Fanta and Earl Gray tea. The second sip develops into sherry: vanilla, whole milk chocolate, strawberries, raspberries, light cherries, cherries, redcurrants, mandarin and orange peel. The third sip transforms the whole milk into dark chocolate, then into oily viscous mocha with Brazil nut. Vanilla and a lot of nutmeg go into white pepper, the spice is added with each sip more ...
    • Finish
      medium-length, tangerines and oranges, raspberries, mocha, nutmeg, towards the end again the irritating mixture of Earl Gray tea / bergamot oil and soapy lavender ...

  80. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Caramel nose, dried fruit (almond, hazelnut). We find the same markers of Sherry in the mouth, toffee, quite greedy. The medium-length finish confirms the caramel nose.All that can be expected, honest but nothing exceptional. It would have been interesting to test it unreduced.

  81. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/aberlour-18-yo-ob-ca-2012/

  82. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It only needs a few% to make it a must! Enthusiasm: Nose and finish: 4/5 Palate: 3/5 Whisky n ° 1283
    • Nose
      Well wooded. Sherry, malt: nice presence. Rich chocolate, pecan nuts.
    • Taste
      Round and and spicy. Milky. A little too small.
    • Finish
      Back of the oak, vanilla sorbet

  83. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender again.

  84. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very nice round standard sherry in the upper age, not bad!
    • Nose
      Orange, chocolate, deep pear, praline, fine oriental spices, nutmeg
    • Taste
      Datteln! And how many! Then fine oriental spices again, orange, some malt, honey, chocolate, very much everything
    • Finish
      Medium long, very round and pleasant, sherry

  85. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  86. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    easy drinking whisky, very pleasant but lacking a bit of punch and complexity.
    87/100
    • Nose
      soft and gentle sherry influence, not so much the sultana and prune bomb but more on oranges and golden raisins, very fresh.
      there is also a spiciness on soft cinnamon and crystallized ginger.
      also some light honey, vanilla and whiffs of oak.
    • Taste
      light (almost a bit weak?), juicy on mostly the same flavours as on the nose. perhaps the honey is a tad louder. good balance and very drinkable
    • Finish
      medium, slightly spicy, clean

  87. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: honey-sweet sherry, toffee, creamy-oily, candle wax, yummy juicy oranges with grated peel, clean, elegant, after the first sip the oranges become even more intense now also spicy wood in the background
    Taste: mild, delicate, very well integrated alcohol, honey sweetness with delicate-bitter fruitiness spread smoothly in the mouth, followed by a slight tingling which comes from the oak, certainly not from alcohol, light yet pleasant bitterness comes with the spice in the sooner short finish, very tasty
    Conclusion: The nose is far ahead, very seductive reminiscent of the intense orange note on Glenfarclas Edition No 20. Unfortunately, he bottled with 43%, at least 3% more would have done him good, it falls off for me on the palate noticeably against the Nose. A little weak and no dilution reserve to decode the fruit flavors in the sherry and not to dilute it.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  88. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Chanterelle mushroom-cask fungal with a dense oaky saltiness and more dry raisins [a la 12yo] - a Talisker [given the savoury profile], going on Glenfarclas.
    T: Old & dry, like the current and excellent Caol Ila 25yo WB, though fruitier. Really displays an older style of malt.
    F: Woody cocoa powder amongst other things.
    C: Like the 12yo, I’ve never actually tried the 18yo either and it’s just as good as the Bunna 18yo. Full report HERE.

    Scores a B[+]

  89. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very good
    • Nose
      Rich and complex, fruity, sherry tones, creamy, chocolate.
    • Taste
      Soft flavours of cream, peach,and hints of ripe apricots, balanced y notes of chocolate  and orange zest. Honey and oaky.
    • Finish
      Long warm and smooth. With all the notes of sherry, fruits oakiness and honey sweet.

  90. Svenson scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Here is the rating of WHISKYDREAM.de
    Aberlour 18 years The 18 years in the sherry barrel stored whisky has the typical golden brown color and also due to the barrel storage pleasant vanilla-sweet scent (caramel). Also present are notes of mash, which after a longer smell in the background step and make room for dull oak. (82)
    The sherry sweetness is superficial in the mouth, coupled with distinct but not unpleasant pepper and wood aromas. Later, a long taste of dark oak remains. (82)
    The departure of sweet oak wood spreads slowly, oily flowing from the mouth to the esophagus to the stomach. (83)
    Overall rating: 82 points
    Repurchase probability : 70% , quite a nice representative of the sherry whisky, but the competition (also in-house) is great ...
    More info: http://whiskydream-de.webnode.com/tastings-az/a/

  91. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Whisky that has the potential to be very nice for the day, smell promised a bit, but taste and finish do not seem to come out completely. For the good what is too dilute I think. Nevertheless, a pleasant dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  92. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Smell is the best of the whisky, taste can not quite match that. For the good just a little higher Abv may have given him some more character.
    • Nose
      Fruity, peach / nectarine, plum, raisins. Sweet, honey or beeswax, vanilla, chocolate.
    • Taste
      Fruity, light pepper. Raisins, plum, honey.
    • Finish
      Somewhat short. Dry, wood, somewhat bitter. Also some honey, red fruit and chocolate.

  93. Dieter_W scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My 2nd Aberlour 18 Y, he was a birthday present. He has not gotten better, but not bad either. Well, I would not have bought it again. He is an easy drinking 18er, which does not overwhelm a beginner who tastes too. He does not do anything to anyone. For my taste, he is unfortunately too boring, just cut me too smooth.
    • Nose
      Beautiful, very mild fruity scent. Sprinkle a light pinch of cinnamon on orange wedges and then sprinkle vanilla ice cream with tangerines and chocolate sprinkles.
    • Taste
      Again, the very mild, soft, fruity style continues. The 18 years are noticeable by some dark chocolate
    • Finish
      very short . Pity

  94. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  95. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Yeah I like this, straightforward and not too heavy sherry wise.
    • Nose
      It does remind me of the 10 just a bit more complex, resinous, prune juice, dark caramel with a little Turkish Delight in the background.
    • Taste
      A little thin but there is a lot of dark fruit, mainly blackcurrant and plum mixed in with stewed rhubarb
    • Finish
      Medium length with a nice candied sweetness but a pleasant fizz on the tail

  96. zimbowskyy scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very fine and harmonious malt for upscale everday-drinking :) 87/100
    • Nose
      Apricots, nectarines, orange peel. Add some beeswax and notes of lilac. Very harmonious, clean and balanced.
    • Taste
      Colorful pepper, the 18 years you can tell. Almonds, roasted peanuts and some caramel. With a note that makes me think of warm muffins.
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly bitter, some anise.

  97. hans1971 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  98. djmaxliving scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose- Wonderful nose, bees wax, fresh honey, braked apples, floral, rosemary, herb, fruit cake, ginger, creme brulee, lime, sherry, oak and sticky toffee apples. 

    Taste - Braked apples, apple juicy, sweet sherry, honey, toffee, spicy, oak, nutmeg.

    Finish - spice, with the oak becoming stronger and a decent long finish.

    Overall - The nose is complex and just heaven, an excellent nose for 18 years old. This needs time, leave the bottle open for an hour or 2. Not a beginners malt. 50/50 mix between the spirit and cask.

    I think older whisky is in here than just 18 year old.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  99. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  100. irrerelevant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Notes from blind tasting
    • Nose
      a dash of Cologne 4711, slightly mineral, a bit alcohol, ripe maracuya, light, hard pineapple, sweet Sherry, croatien "Julischka", williams pear
    • Taste
      soft and full, alcohol-filled pralines like "edle Tropfen in Nuss", quite a lot of oak, but no bitterness, nutty, creamy, again the ripe maracuya from the nose, sherry-sweetness, a hint of Tequila (no cheapo!)
    • Finish
      medium-long with gentle Sherry and beautiful oak-spices

  101. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N-
    Deep and penetrating sourish citrus knock on the door, and open up to
    waves of coffee, fino sherry notes. Custard and fruit jelly build up
    with raisin, apricot kernel and baked apple. Complex. some smoked bacon
    and waxed meats. Interesting.
    P- Big spicy wood and sweet herbs. Loud and prominent honey mead with raisins and dried fruits. Finely rounded and affluent. F- Long. Warming, bit of bitter earth at the tail with lifted compote
    of fruits sweetness overlay, good strength and well matured. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

    ***

    1st Tried:- Jan 2016 / Weighted Rate:- 89pt

    N-
    Rich and sharp waves of chocolate with creamy fruits. Brandy soaked
    dried fruits and burnt grass providing a consistent nose warming
    sensation throughout when neat.

    P- Deep sherry, cinnamon and brandied raisin. A bit of soft vanilla to cheers things up with intense chili heat on mid palate. F- Energetic, echoing liquorice and minty finish follow after a touch
    of toasty burn on throat. Very chewy and spicy mouthfeel, warming. A
    still wild and raring to go further 18YO.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  102. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the Aberlour 12, the nose of the 18s is less fruity, but more marked by darker and older wood notes. The taste of the Aberlour 18 is very mild and delicious. Fine wood and chocolate flavors harmonize perfectly and are reflected in the finish again. An extremely delicious whisky! I like it very, very much!
    • Nose
      Spicy woody aromas and rather restrained fruit dominate the first impression. Slowly, the fruit becomes more intense, creating a strong apricot aroma. Oranges are noticeable. Despite only 43% alcohol content, the alcohol is very dominant and tickles the nose. Spicy wood emerges, sweet fruit and vanilla flash over and over again through the dark wood.
    • Taste
      At first, a cool freshness dominates, before dark and spicy woody notes gloss over everything. A touch of nut aroma is created, very mild woody notes mingle with milk chocolate, a very pleasant aroma now dominates the taste. A touch of coffee ends the taste.
    • Finish
      Mild but spicy, the wood exudes a very pleasant aroma. Again, milk chocolate comes to the fore and gets more and more intense. At the end of the departure creates a fine walnut flavor.

  103. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  104. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    On the nose: glue, spice, cinnamon, sherry then it stings at once, probably due to the opening of a new bottle!
    On the palate, the feeling of an old hooch, return of leather, wood, a little wax, no chocolate (I will have to re-add it several times!), Then the old-fashioned, maderised fruits stand out!
    In the final, the fruits explode little by little on a spicy background!

    Disappointed by a simple finish, flat and not very long, asks to be retested.

    retested:

    more fruit in the mouth and a finish that continues after on the same notes, but final so longer!
    • Nose
      malt, spices, sweetness on caramel, a little fruit on tangerine
    • Taste
      cooked fruit, in a compote, spices, wood, dark chocolate, malt
    • Finish
      woody, caramelized, velvety, creamy and spicy!

  105. Kalle208 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Always beautiful.
    • Nose
      Orange, marzipan ?, sherry, vanilla, sweet creaminess. After some time in the glass more dark chocolate and more orange and vanilla
    • Taste
      Sweetness and spice in balance-> Salivation we stimulated, Schoki and oak, slight dryness
    • Finish
      medium and mild

  106. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Too bad it is so reduced. Aberlour is, in my opinion, a malt that does not hold up the reduction and to which the bole is doing very well (see A'Bunadh). Nevertheless it remains a pleasant malt and the price remains very attractive for a sherry 18 years in these days.
    • Nose
      Pretty light, in line with the 12 years, on sherry choco-coffee. Enough and simple enough, he does not suffer too much from the reduction.
    • Taste
      Ouch, it's pretty light ... So we have a hard time finding anything. Even milk chocolate and coffee, in the line of the nose, but the mouth suffers again too much of the reduction.
    • Finish
      Short, necessarily.

  107. Butz75 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  108. Opeth83 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  109. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry. Orange, pear. Dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Sherry and orange. Spices. Some chocolate.

  110. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  111. martinni scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  112. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  113. Glennie scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  114. jankes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  115. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    By age and sherry comes complexity. Overall, a balanced, mild, full age Sherrymalt. The alcohol is well integrated throughout. I like it!
    • Nose
      neat sherry, oak already in the aroma, walnut, orange, caramel, vanilla and toffee, removes peach, no alcohol, raisins
    • Taste
      sweet, then spicy and creamy, not strong, soft and mild
    • Finish
      mild, oak, velvet soft, coffee, dark chocolate, quite long

  116. McGipi scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      sweet, sherry, oak
    • Taste
      sweet, sherry, peppery, strong spices
    • Finish
      medium length finish

  117. domani scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A fine, harmonious and well-balanced single malt with great aromas - 24.12.2014
    • Nose
      Orange, chestnuts, chocolate, ripe dark fruits, a bit musty
    • Taste
      Sweet, sherry, spices, mint, oak, light bitterness, balanced and elegant
    • Finish
      Lang

  118. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    For 18 years rather unspectacular. The finish disappoints. Probably because of the low volume percentages. A pity, I hoped for more.
    • Nose
      Sherry, heavy, bitter sweetie. Oranges. The alcohol is well integrated
    • Taste
      Coffee, barely alcohol, a very light spiciness. Honey, english jam
    • Finish
      medium. Oak, sweetness, spices.

  119. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  120. Koalafant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    (84/100)
    • Nose
      Noten von dunklen Beerenfrüchten, Haferkeks, reifer Mango und Orangenschale
    • Taste
      Leicht würzig mit deulichen Nuancen von bitterer Orangenmarmelade und Waldhonig
    • Finish
      lang, süß und geschmeidig.

  121. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    a moreish & subtle sherried dram. Not overly complex and it doesn’t offer you huge flavours (like the A'Bunadh). No this one is quite refined, well balanced and subtle. It pairs well with most deserts (especially with a rich chocolate ice-cream!!).

    A very enjoyable dram and a good after dinner whisky.

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/review-369-aberlour-18-year/
    • Nose
      A fresh, subtle, sweet, well balanced and delicate whisky with aromas of sweet sherry, floral tones, caramel, vanilla, demerara sugar, dried fruits (raisins, prunes, cherries, peach), orange zest, banana, pear, walnuts, oak, subtle leather, butterscotch, soft chocolate, red apple, barley, coffee, honey, ginger, cinnamon and oak spices.
    • Taste
      a full, soft, gentle, well balanced and delicate whisky with aromas of strawberries, red cherries, apples, apricot, orange, sweet sherry, citrus, caramel, vanilla, dried fruits (sultanas, peach, plums), chocolate, vanilla cream, soft bitter tannins, coffee, orange marmalade, liquorice root, almonds, cereals and oak.
    • Finish
      A medium long en slightly drying finish with aromas of crème brûlée, raisins, dark chocolate, subtle sherry, white pepper, cinnamon, slightly bitter tannins, caramel, raisins and bitter oak.

  122. Helgo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    After the bottle is still 1/3 softer, it is still a little more harmonious and softer or milder in the taste. The question is, of course, if that is wanted. Immediately after opening, he was too sprightly for me. A solid 18yo who will probably never be one of my favorites, but who is fine for the current price and shows you the possibilities of the Speyside!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  123. Gneisenau scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      85 85

  124. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: intense, sherry, oranges, raisins, vanilla
    Taste: light, sherry, honey, chocolate
    Finish: medium length, chocolate, oak

  125. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  126. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  127. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Some drops of water makes it even smoother than it is anyway.
    • Nose
      Sherry, sweet, vanilla, nuts.
    • Taste
      Smooth and creamy with a lot of vanilla, raisins, later bitterness of oak.
    • Finish
      Medium long and a little dry.

  128. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not really a sherry monster. I prefer e.g. Glendronach 15yo Revival or 18yo Allardice.

  129. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  130. trygvaldo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Creamy and smooth. Lots of butter, great warmth
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  131. PeterCr scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Consistency in nose and taste (nose could have been a bit more exciting even) with some good complexity and nice sherry influences.

    Balance score = 23/25

    Total score = 84 pts

    A nice step-up from the 12yo DC and 15yo DC in complexity.
    • Nose
      Fruity sherry nose with mix of caramel and raisins. Not overly powerful but still very nice.

      Nose score = 19/25
    • Taste
      Attack is smooth, creamy and sweet (raisins, caramel fudge) followed up by some spice and some coffee (espresso). Full bodied and very appealing.

      Taste score = 21/25
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish with caramel, cherry and some spices like cinnamon. Nice dynamics between sweet and spicy notes.

      Finish score = 21/25

  132. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet, sherry, some nuts, hint of something sour-sweet.

    Taste: Classic sweet and sour speyside, soon the sherry comes in. Vanilla and something bitter. With water it really gets creamy and reminds me of vanilla soft-ice.

    Body: medium

    Finish: Medium. Sweet oranges. some sherry notes. With water it gets way sweeter and nicer.

    Price: For an 18yo very reasonable.

    Presentation: fine. not much of the marketing blablabla, just some info.

    Comments: I rather stick to the A`Bunadh, which is more a sherry monster, and a bit cheaper.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  133. malthead-sven scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    No whisky storming straight forward, takes his time in the glass, then with complex flavors, but a little too weak on the chest, I like the finish on the best
    • Nose
      Caramel, honey, raisins, hazelnuts, all in fine and subtle notes, later herbs such as fennel and peppermint, after-eight
    • Taste
      first spicy then sweet, creamy, no strong onset
    • Finish
      mild, but quite long-lasting oak, soft and sweet. coffee

  134. Koalafant scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Class drops!
    • Nose
      Notes of dark berry fruits, oat biscuits, ripe mango and orange peel
    • Taste
      Slightly spicy with subtle nuances of bitter orange marmalade and forest honey
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and supple.

  135. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    somewhat artificial, but still drinkable.
    • Nose
      very light and fresh, a bit like effervescent, raspberry, artificial sweetness, effervescent sweet, already very fruity, but rather bright red fruits, always a slightly sourish note, some oak, becoming spicier with time, towards leather
    • Taste
      very sweet, fruity, again this effervescent, mixed with spicy oak
    • Finish
      first creamy, then drier, fruit peel, woody, still slightly sweet on sweetness

  136. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I like the strong fruitiness of the nose and its change from green to ripe to overripe. The sherry is not so obvious here. The mouthfeel is great, the finish is also very nice, but still lacks that certain something. Notes from blind tasting.
    • Nose
      First green apple, strong, goes quickly to red apple. Afterwards, the sherry comes up intensively, in contrast to the first two, it puts a bit crippling malty on the nose. A fermented soft note comes on, whey. Nevertheless, the sweetness continues to dominate. The apples are still there, now overripe. Slightly buttery. Warms slightly salty sweat.
    • Taste
      Full, strong, sweet with a clearly warming alcohol note, which is not unpleasant. Clean, ingenious mouthfeel, still apples.
    • Finish
      Sweet buttery, medium long, slightly astringent. Will be nutty in the end.

  137. irrerelevant scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    great fruit, easy drinking, looks ripe with decent oak, slightly complex, but not overwhelming, soft and round Notes from blind tasting
    • Nose
      a splash of 4711, slightly mineral, slightly alcoholic, ripe passion fruit, "light", slightly unripe pineapple, sweet sherry, "Julischka", Williams pear
    • Taste
      very soft, full-bodied, Schnapspralinen "noble drops in nut", immediately there is neat oak, but not at all bitter, nutty-creamy, the passion fruit is there, Sherry sweet, briefly a Tequila Association (no cheaper)
    • Finish
      Medium long with light sherry and beautiful oak

  138. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An older sherry casks whisky, probably refilled for the most part. The sherry influence is present, but not dominant, the oak is very present, behind it is a sour Brennereicharakter. I like it.
    Blind tasting! In a second (again blind) attempt, he does not like me so much anymore. In the first rating I came to 86, now only 84. So there is the average 85.
    • Nose
      The first thought is Glenfarclas. Can not be. Dry sherry paired with sour orange notes, even a touch of lime, grass, a spicy earthiness. The sherry is clearly recognizable but not dominant, oak. The impressions are rough and direct, unfortunately with a slight alcoholic touch
    • Taste
      The onset is strong with pepper, light body, then the whisky is sweeter and softer, even if the memory of strong spiciness remains, the fruits are a little darker, from oranges to sour cherries, oak
    • Finish
      The finish is dominated by a strong oak, which is on the palate to bitterness, dark caramel, ripe, the impression of bitter wood remains long

  139. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  140. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  141. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    a well made, classic Speyside. 85/86 
    • Nose
      oranges, walnuts, oloroso, butterscotch, leather, some cacao, oak
    • Taste
      it's a bit thin on oak-spice, sherry-fruit sweetness, getting drier, then fruits again like oranges, raisins. pleasant.
    • Finish
      medium length on bitter oranges, peaches, milk chocolate, espresso, drying.

  142. filleadh mhòr scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  143. mds51 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For the price a top malt, you always have in the house, here you do not go wrong.
    • Nose
      Strong sherry start. In addition to red fruits, there are accusations of orange and milk chocolate. In the background hide light vanilla notes and a hint of citrus. The second time you put on floral notes, which are mixed with honey.
    • Taste
      At first very mild in the glass, develops a very pleasant sweetness, which produces a bouquet of fruits, yummy! I was able to taste mainly red fruits like strawberries, cherries, red grapes, but also apples and peaches.
    • Finish
      In the Abagang show the 18 years and the barrel gets its appearance. A slight to medium bitterness comes to light, which goes in the direction of coffee notes. And initiate a medium long finish.

  144. Hemdl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully light and mild sherry whisky, price and performance are absolutely right here. For beginners probably just as suitable as for long-term connoisseurs, although it might have been more for last last few percent by volume.
    • Nose
      At first only slight sherry aromas perceptible, predominantly green apples and fruity, even slightly floral notes. After some time in the glass, the sherry becomes much more dominant. The fruits disappear, instead strong and dark grapes, chocolate, raisins.
    • Taste
      Very gentle and mild on the tongue and in the mouth, almost too gentle. Surprisingly strong wood notes and a slight bitterness mix with soft and sweet sherry aromas, which are not as strong as the nose can expect. Very weak some milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      In - in view of the mildness of the Malts - long and slightly dry finish then again gentle spicy oak notes.

  145. Butz75 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  146. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I read quite some notes, that expressed disappointment. Can't understand that. I was surprised how well matured, rounded and how complex a quite affordable 18yo.- standard malt still can be. I like it very much and this one is (April 2015) still a very big bang for the buck.
    • Nose
      Strong impressions from the very beginning, still further emerging with time. Sweet sherry impressions, big, juicy oranges, vanilla sauce, raisins, even some cherries followed by a bunch of garden herbs and spices
    • Taste
      Surprinsingly it starts with quite a lot of wood which is getting dry and drier over time. Again typical sherry impressions, some moccha, then becoming more fruity with cherries and raisins, some vanilla, and emerging dry notes of autumn herbs and sage. Only 43% ABV, but it fits this one very well.
    • Finish
      middle, starts with a certain but well-balanced spiciness, embedded in hints of espresso, orange peel and leather.

  147. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  148. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  149. ARMINUS scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Very pleasant single malt that (again) 46% vol. would be better to face. Nevertheless, absolutely recommendable.
    • Nose
      Oloroso-Sherry influence is noticeable. Fresh apples and unripe pear. An indefinable "artificial" (not negative) sweetie. Very pleasant in the nose. Alcohol well integrated.
    • Taste
      Easy entry, the impressions of the nose are repeated. Chocolate and toffee come up. Maybe a little orange and honey.
    • Finish
      Medium long and very pleasant.

  150. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  151. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasty, ripe and very sweet.
    • Nose
      Creamy-creamy sherry. Subtle fruit notes with raisins, oranges, a little pear. Milk chocolate and chocolate cake. The whisky needs time in the glass.
    • Taste
      Creamy-sweet sherry. Orange, oak, milk chocolate and honey. Becoming bittersweet.
    • Finish
      Mitellang with dark chocolate, oak, some orange.

  152. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For me: not bad - but unbalanced, not round, not deep;

    the fruits are just hints, not steady …

  153. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      84 84

  154. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    At the beginning there may be some 'perfume' like impressions - these resolve into coffee, e.g.

    It is not that round and well-balanced so that I would buy it, but it really is a good standard quality with easy drinking-enjoyment and a really good price.

    Overall too unsteady though.

    Tasting with Armin Fuchs.
    • Nose
      nutty (walnut), Sherry, malt, a lot of barley, some prime boiled beef, peeled orange, vanilla sauce, irish coffee, caramel, raisin, tender plums and cherries, full nut chocolate, latte macchiato, some yeasty impressions as well, UHU drip-free, spices underneath, wood, dry feeling in the throat, rare hints of Sherry cask, later some mocha, more pleasant, round, some honey
    • Taste
      citrus, getting very fruity with plums and cherries, raisins, barley is the center, some wood, light spiciness, later some vanilla, warmth, some leather, nut, light grape juice, fresh brewed coffee, hints of cocoa powder, later more chocolate, citrus, tart-sour, more fire with burnt chocolate, some sage
    • Finish
      orange peel and citrus, plum jam, dark chocolate, light spiciness, hints of espresso, some vanilla sauce, at the beginning dry Sherry; barley, nut, chocolate raisin, some banana peel, honey, cherries become more obvious, wine grape peel

  155. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, this is a nice and easy whisky - good standard quality.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  156. Whisky_Wolf scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      83 83

  157. Murmelkasten scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  158. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good price for an old whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  159. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    More age will not improve this whisky. 18 yo in standard expression is the maximum. Do not use water or very little; Because of age, and sherry influence it does not cope with water well. Without water: recommended!
    • Nose
      No water: sweetness of slightly overripe dark fruits, dark chocolate, orange zest, banana, ginger. Compact nose.
      With (a tiny drop of) water: sweetness of lots of overripe fruit, chocolate, citrus in the back. Much lighter and opener nose.
    • Taste
      Without water! Dark, sherry arrival. Warm development of sherry, chocolate, citrus. Mouth warming.
    • Finish
      Long sweet finish.

  160. Mushinico scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  161. ricallende scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  162. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  163. Roelv scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Orange, Vanilla, Apple, Berries, Oak
    • Taste
      Creamy, Vanilla, Apple, Berries
    • Finish
      Sweet Finish ends in Berries/apple

  164. Adam_Woody scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    It absolutely worth every penny! It's an orchestrated interaction between different flavors!
    • Nose
      Sherry; Orange zest; Cinnamon; slight notes of sweet and ripe peaches or apricots
    • Taste
      Significant notes of sherry which is balanced by the slight bitterness from the bourban cask; Liquory sweetness corresponds with the spiciness and bitterness from bitter chocolate; ripe fruits paired with orange zests
    • Finish
      medium length; Domination of toffee

  165. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good whisky if you find it at a reasonable price (45 €) as it can still be the case in supermarkets.
    • Nose
      Very sherry: grape marc, plum, date, fig, peach (or rather peach aroma, a little chemical). Notes of nuts. Precious wood. Oak.
    • Taste
      Mouth a little thin and dry, it's a shame.
    • Finish
      Chocolate. Coffee with milk. Creamy and dry.

  166. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  167. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      cranberries, strawberries, floral, even meaty, orange, syrup and fudge
    • Taste
      dried fruits, citrus - lemon, vanilla and spices - white pepper
    • Finish
      medium drying with spices, bitter fruits, vanilla, honey, cooking pears and orange

  168. Quaker scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    The price / quality ratio of this Aberlour is undeniably excellent.
    • Nose
      The nose is very successful and intense: a kind of mixture of peaches, apricots, vanilla and wood with a small touch of solvent as in some Japanese. A side Tiramisu also want (the mixture coffee, chocolate, butter). This nose does not have to blush in front of whiskys that would have been distilled well before him.
    • Taste
      The attack is frank, the alcohol is present, just enough to support beautiful notes of chocolate malt. The second wave brings with it a small grassy and mentholated side.
    • Finish
      The finish is of medium length on the astringent and woody aspect of this malt.

  169. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Huge difference in maturity with the 16YO, especially in the nose.
    • Nose
      Dark cherry, plum, raisin, oak, banana, red apple, pear and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Dark chocolate, caramel, raisin, orange, espresso, almond, cherry, plum, apple and malt.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, malt and almond.

  170. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not bad at all, but would be better at higher alcohol strength...
    • Nose
      Lots of fruits, not too dark. Oranges and overripe pear. Some oak. Quite lovely.
    • Taste
      Soft and mellow, very malty. The oak is now dominant over the fruit. No hint of alcohol at all. Should be bottled at 48%vol in my opinion.
    • Finish
      Not very long finish, getting kinda dry, little bitter. 

  171. getz scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Aberlour is already one of our favourite distilleries thanks to the excellent a`bunadh. This 18 year old whisky was introduced in 2008 and is now one of the stars of the range: rich and fruity, with a great textured mouthfeel. A previous winner of a Gold Medal & Best in Class at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. 

  172. Ivynor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In promo, it can be found in France around 35-40 euros, a must have in sherry for this price (outside the revival), if you have the patience to let it all air, because, I tell you at the beginning I was really far from being packed (about 79 - 80 out of 100)
    • Nose
      Bottle Aberlour 18 years My first sherry but from the first tasting the petition for divorce. And yet, now that only one tenth of a bottle remains, I'm starting to really appreciate this aberlour which finally is ventilated and does not return this brutal alcohol of the first glasses.   After a year and a half of opening, the alcohol is finally confused with these aromas of spices, wood, bitter chocolate, oranges, vanilla. Super finally! Very sherry.
    • Taste
      Mouth sweet and pleasant, very melted, toffee and dark chocolate, citrus fruits, dried fruits. Waxy, a little oily, greedy. Very fine overall.
    • Finish
      Final with still some traces of bitterness, but concealed by a great persistence on candied orange and spices (cinnamon?).

  173. Mushinico scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  174. Furtia scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  175. m884 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Very Fruity!!, banana, tropical fruits, sherry, very nice oak, honey and almonds

    Mouth: honey, sherry, oak, vanilla, flower nectar, caramel, creamy

    Finish: smooth, a bit oak, sherry, medium long and slightly creamy

    Comments: probably my favorite Aberlour so far, smooth and nicely balanced. Strong flavors and very fruity, especially the fruityness is great. 

  176. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose is rich and complex, milk chocolate and butterscotch, bits of peach and ripe apricots. Taste, wonderful structure and balance, soft apricots and cream, liquorice and oak with a touch of honey. Finish, very long and velvety, progression of creme brulee to gentle oak finish. Price is very good for an 18 yr of this quality and presentation is classic Aberlour in the round tube
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  177. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Something about this scotch is excellent. The brown sugar and dried fruits, its truly one of the nicer 18 yrs.

  178. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice addition, anyone who loves Aberlour would be happy to order this from the UK and give Masters of Malt a call and ask for Lucy Lindfield, Let her know I sent ya:)
    • Nose
      Orange marmalade, vanilla, malt, fresh fruit
    • Taste
      Citrus in the front, malt in the middle, peaches n cream, dried apricots dipped in chocolate, also vanilla pudding fades in a stays for awhile.
    • Finish
      more malt with citrus on the way down. Nice finish and long. Nice with a drop or two of water to open up the bouquet

  179. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Aberlour is one of my favorites because, I love speysides for the malty tones and citrus notes. This Bottle I received from Master of Malt because, originally I ordered a 91'Glenrothes 09'Bottling which was on there website. Then when it arrived it was the 07'Bottling and they said, SORRY for are mistake we cant get 09' how about a full refund. I replied no thanks, how about the 18 yr Aberlour and WALAA!! So that is this story. Thanks to Master Of Malt and Lucy Lindfield for helping to make it right.

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