Aberlour 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Non Chill-Filtered
Stated Age
12 years old
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2011 9:13 am

Average value

€ 42,18

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour 12-year-old

88 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.33 points

  1. schero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    One of the best standards ever. Affordable strawberry whisky
    • Nose
      Strawberries and raspberries, quite perceptible alcohol, vanilla, oak, blind, I would rather expect a port maturation, with time, even find some tobacco
    • Taste
      The strawberries and raspberries are immediately present again, acidic to oak-accented peppery, light pungent on the tip of the tongue, with the time creamy, the second sip is a bit bitter but also set
    • Finish
      Slightly bitter oak at the beginning, very sweet after, the red fruits are also to be found again

  2. Mannheimer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nice intensity due to the lack of cooling filtration. Variety of flavors significantly higher than the normal 12er, top class, PLV unbeatable.
    • Nose
      Beautiful sherry, strong and aromatic, chocolate, ripe plums, oranges. Touch of white fruits.
    • Taste
      Great, very sweet start with a lot of sherry, then milk chocolate, dates, raisins and plums. Coffee and kako in the background, cocoa notes become clearer on the second sip. Full and voluminous, beautiful!
    • Finish
      Long and spicy, sherry and coffee, no bitterness or just a touch.

  3. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The alcohol note at the beginning was very disturbing, but maybe it was my daily form. After that had gone, I liked the whisky well, not too strong dominance of sherry, strength and independence, only the finish could be more expressive.
    • Nose
      At the first moment unfortunately something stings the nose, so I let him breathe for a moment ... after a while it gets better, but does not disappear completely. Now it goes: intense orange, not sweet, ginger, slightly sour, basil, sherry in the background, fresh, slightly freshly cut wood, tart apple, maple syrup Now after 10 minutes the alcohol has completely disappeared and the whisky sweetened
    • Taste
      Gentle onset and soft body, immediately orange again, chocolate, acidic filter coffee, a little oak with a delicate bitterness, leeks
    • Finish
      Sweet oak, very warm, a reminder of the oranges, medium long

  4. Dramned! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I already tried some Aberlour and could not get really warm with any, not even with the much praised 18yo. In the nose, they were all very promising, but then disappointed me on the palate. They were then rather flat and seemed to me watered down. Everything is different here The high alcohol content and the lack of cooling filtration make this 12-year-old a true experience. The nose is very beautiful and complex, as with the others. On the tongue, he then really gas! A strong, full-bodied and complex variety of flavors, which I had never before in such a Aberlour. Great! If they now process all their whiskys so favorably and respect the taste desires of most whisky lovers would - and maybe even do without the bad coloring - Aberlour could rise into the ranks of my favorite distilleries.
    • Nose
      Despite the high 48% and quite young age barely perceptible alcohol, dark fruit compote, spices, plums, cherries, raisins, spicy oak flavors, a little vanilla,
    • Taste
      Intensive voluminous onset, licorice (the first time that I taste something like that!), Licorice, a whole fruit basket of aromas, a beautiful dry and salivating sweetness, very full-bodied and complex
    • Finish
      a nice sharpness, medium long with a mild sherry note and tart-spicy wood flavors

  5. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: sweet, fruity, sherry, strawberry, in the background vanilla, honey, chocolate and raisins
    Taste: intense, sherry, dark fruits, oily, oak / alcohol prickle
    Finish: long, oak, dark chocolate

  6. amann1 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The 18y is in my opinion a very very successful senior, the A'bunadhs absolutely brilliant sherry bombs ... Had I here too high expectancy? The 12y NCF unfortunately disappointed me.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. struijlaartmarijn scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    • Nose
      86 86
      Rich, sherry, raisins and plums. Caramel, a hint of strawberry. Oak is there. Oranges.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruity, sweet, oak, some cherries and vanilla, cinnamon
    • Finish
      83 83
      warm, hint of chocolate, spicy

  8. Abadon05 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Pity about the alcohol in the nose. That cost a lot of points. Likewise the influence of the punch and less of the strawberry.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Strawberry and raspberry notes with a clear and noticeable alcohol note, which unfortunately also bothers. Reminiscent of strawberry owls.
      Some vanilla and licorice in the background. And glucose
    • Taste
      81 81
      Spicy. Dark honey and walnut. In addition a lot of lemon. The strawberry notes are darkening and now go in the direction of wine. After some time, some sweetness will be added.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Very dry and spicy with a medium long finish.
      Again, the strawberry tree comes clearly to light.

  9. Gaija scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    As an addendum, I might add that I find surprising how some manage to rave about its fruitiness. This thing sure has its charms, on the nose mostly, but its fruitiness is ... far from obvious in my humble point of view. Reading things like tropical fruits, bananas, etc. in reviews of this malt makes me think that it's fascinating how perception can differ from person to person ... and makes me wonder what these people will use as descriptors when facing an early 90's Irish, then :D Anyway, to each their own ! The only truth is in the glass, and in the nostrils of the beholder. Slainte !

  10. Gaija scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It's certainly not as disappointing as I remembered but it's still very meh. The initial mouthfeel is seriously injured by over-woodiness : to think that's it's already something to fear at such young age ! Well, it's probably an improvement on the regular 12 anyway, and I couldn't say it's bad value for money.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fairly neutral to begin with, rather malty, on brioche. Panettone, a few raisins. A slight red fruit twist arrives : 4-fruits jam. Good ! Fresh tobacco, Swedish bread. This last note becomes dominant, with this virile, dark cereal-y character. Not bad I must say. Later on there are even some nice and dense espresso notes. Better nose than I remembered.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Way too much moldy wood on the arrival I'm afraid, and the alcohol integration could be better. There's really a lot of wood dust upon arrival ... Fortunately, it seems transient, getting replaced by some hazelnuts and milk chocolate. A slight grape-y feeling as well. The nose was better though. I must say the texture is nice however, as expected from the NCF status.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Butter and hazelnuts. Wood dust. Short.


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