Aberlour 14 YO Double Cask Matured
Category: Single Malt
Manufacturer and bottler: Aberlour Distillery (Pernod Ricard)
Volume: 1000 ml (Duty Free)
Batch number: Batch 0003
Bottling date: 06/10/2021
Barrel type: American Oak Casks & Sherry Oak Casks
Age: 14 years old
Nose. Blueberry jam, fresh blueberries grated with sugar, dried cherries, light raisins, orange marmalade, dried apples, apricot, peach, mango, shortbread, vanilla gum, mint, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, dry branches. A fruity-berry cocktail that pairs well with richness of spices, slight woody influences and still young, lively malt notes.
Taste. A little sweetness of caramel, orange marmalade, malt, sourness of wild berries, mint freshness and slightly excessive bitterness from grapefruit pulp, nutmeg, cloves, ginger. The body is very liquid, not to say that even watery, no oiliness, creaminess is not felt. I would begin to sin on the excessive reduction of water to 40%, but, strangely, this does not harm the 12-year-old release at all and it seems to taste more complex and balanced, here the spices “pull the whole blanket over themselves” and fill the entire space of taste, making it faded and sharp.
Aftertaste. Medium duration. More interesting taste. Raisins, dried apricots, dried orange, spices.
Outcome. In general, a normal whisky, but I would not say that it is somehow superior to 12 YO Double Cask Matured or Casg Annamh (and even more so 12-year-old Sherry Cask, which is no longer produced - I have not tried other Aberlour releases yet), alas), despite a more respectable declared minimum aging age and, it seems, the same set of barrels. Interesting aromatics promised us the same rich, rich taste, but in reality it turned out to be rounded, but emasculated, simple, watery, shifted towards spices. In general, I liked less than other releases of Aber and from the age of 14 I expected more composure, and it’s not to say that I don’t like some spicy things, but here it’s by and it’s not entirely clear why it is needed, because there are many more tasty things from the same Spacehouse for less money. But, perhaps, he will find his admirer. From me
Rating: 82 out of 100.