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

€ 42,98

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour 12-year-old

96 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.22 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. Astrid scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    A lot of influence from both the sherry and bourbon barrels. A variety of different flavors, but without conveying interwoven complexity. As mentioned many times, the alcohol strength does not seem harmonious to me either. PLV still decent.
    • Nose
      85 85
      liqueur-like sweetness, sherry and raisins, heather and vanilla, intense polished white oak, blanched almonds and freshly chopped hazelnuts, a hint of coconut, some resin and honey, dried plum, red apple and a lot of cherry juice, strawberry compote, banana and other exotic notes, caramel and Approaches of cocoa powder, porridge, effervescent powder, alcohol are not ideally integrated
    • Taste
      82 82
      lots of heather honey and vanilla, good oak and spice - nutmeg, thyme, white pepper, some cinnamon, light chocolate bitterness, intense sherry with prunes, some barley malt, hazelnuts, caramel, coconut, liqueur-like or honey-like structure, also slightly creamy, apple
    • Finish
      78 78
      spicy-sweet, fresh hazelnuts again, fruity sherry, refill oak and vanilla, barley, cinnamon, a hint of grassy heather, plum, banana, the liqueur impression remains and lingers

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and tasty malt with a harmonious interplay of fruity sweetness and a fine spice. Thanks to the alcohol content, he doesn't lack power either. A real surprise in terms of price, is one of the best 12-year standards in the price segment for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      fruity-sweet; Oranges; Tangerines; Hints of strawberries; Raisins; Plum; Vanilla; delicate chocolate; subtle oak spice lies in the background
      - Very tasty, well-balanced fruit basket on the nose
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet and full-bodied approach; Oranges; Apricots; Raisins; Milk chocolate; Cinnamon; bitter coffee notes in the background; A pleasantly spicy oak is increasingly being used as a harmonious counterpoint
    • Finish
      87 87
      slightly dry; tart and spicy wood aromas; Orange notes; Espresso; dark chocolate

  9. happyNess scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A top PLV! I already had some much more expensive malts that didn't have nearly as much to offer.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet and spicy, the alcohol is easy to feel. Oranges, strawberries, dried apricots. Behind the whole fruit basket, some oak flavor, brown sugar and very little hay.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong and mouth-filling, this perfect balance between sweetness and spice again. Dried apricots, orange, creme brulee, some fresh oak, cinnamon and coffee.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length and fruity-spicy. Slightly bitter orange jam, a little walnut and espresso, before the drying oak ends.

  10. KOQ24 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    A more intense version of the Aberlour 12.More bang for your buck.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Orange zest,Caramel,spicy,Sherry
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75
      medium to full-bodied with a medium-long finish.
      Medium-strong alcohol note


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