Old, polished and a touch vegetal. We’re immediately greeted by heavy varnish and polished old wood, but behind this is a rather sooty, dunnage warehouse style profile that is a far cry from a modern, fruit-driven Aberlour. It’s highly earthy with damp soils and chalks – akin to a musty wine cellar. Boiled vegetables and overt nuttiness provide deeper complexity. Aged – yes, but behind the polished wood this is highly spirit-driven.
Earthy, but now baring fruits. Soils and nuttiness and ancient rooty wood lead off again, but are now joined by some sweeter fruity elements – apples, apricots and peaches. There’s underlying grassiness here as well as some minerals – soot and coal dust – but there’s no peat or smoke here.
Medium in length and delivering bitter oak and woody nuttiness. Quite drying at this point.