Aberlour 15-year-old

Overall rating
83.38/100
votes
267
Whiskybase ID
WB28757
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Select Cask Reserve
Bottled
25.04.2016
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Bourbon+sherry finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LKPJ 0283
Barcode
3047100004061
Market
France France
Added on
31 dec 2011 10:07 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 185.07

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267 × member ratings

813 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Aberlour 15-year-old

53 users have left 56 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.38 points.

  1. Malthead19 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    - similar to the 10 J. or 12 J. but much better, more complex and more intense in taste
    • Nose
      spicy-fruity, harmonious
    • Taste
      pleasant, gentle start, fruity sherry notes
    • Finish
      medium-long, aromatic finish ;
      medium-long aftertaste

  2. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    very nice aroma combination. The aromas on the nose and finish are pretty much identical. A different, different flavor profile is evident on the palate.
    • Nose
      spicy, sweet, fruity, vanilla, caramel, chocolate. Then there are citrus fruits, orange, then alternating with plums, apricots, slightly nutty
    • Taste
      spicy, citrus fruits, orange, then peach and apricots, very fruity and less sweet than on the nose, later some herbs
    • Finish
      Soft start, now sweeter and fruity again, vanilla comes paired with a little chocolate, then comes caramel and light nuts at the end

  3. leeho scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Finn2206 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice well-rounded whisky

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A really drinkable, fun, sherried malt which provides more complexity and finesse over its younger siblings without becoming complicated. Comparable to a solid Glenfarclas 15 and was priced accordingly. Unfortunately a special release no longer available and I would not pay collectors' prices for another bottle. But a really enjoyable midrange bottle as long as it lasted.

  6. John87 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Gweddry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sherry, dried fruit - plums, cruciferous, raisins, blueberries, forest honey, walnuts, caramel, vanilla fondue, red apple DILUTED: lighter, fresh honey and sweet flowers
    • Taste
      sweet, sparkling, sherry, dried fruit, spices, vanilla fondue, malt, honey, at the end a trace of bitterness DILUTED: lighter, fresh red fruit, vanilla
    • Finish
      long, red apple, sherry, vanilla, raisins, caramel, honey, fruit tea

  8. spritkopp scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nice, very sweet and pleasantly spicy
    • Nose
      very cute. Sweet orange, caramel, a little spice. Freshly sawn wood, alcohol pushes something, Bourbon barrel still clearly there, vanilla, sweet fruit
    • Taste
      at first it sizzles a bit, sweet, spicy, somehow chocolatey, creamy, lots of sweet fruit, oak spice
    • Finish
      spicy and sweet, long, warming.

  9. El Bastardo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Whisky can also do without any fruitiness (and still be completely sweet). I like fruity whiskys just as much as the next one, and I don't always have to have it sweet. If you want to go back to "good old" grainy whisky without fruit, but still want it sweet instead of leathery and rough, you will find the right "crazy" combination here.
    "Qualitative" and by that I mean, for the sake of fun, the complexity due to the age, as expected, it is exactly between others with 12 years and others with 18 years. Slightly more complex than others with 12 but not as "continuous" as 18.
    Personally, I always find it fascinating (subjectively) that the jump from 12 to 15 is only a relatively small one in taste, but a jump from 15 to 18 is quite a big one. A new "animal" begins almost here.
    • Nose
      60 60
      Really sweet. Primarily sweet as sugar, followed by a honey sweetness. For me, however, there is no trace of the maltiness that the manufacturer's description mentions. Neither weak, and certainly not strong.
    • Taste
      60 60
      Still super sweet, but with a gust of spiciness. Primarily peppery, maybe a bit chili-like. Now there is also some maltiness in the pot.
    • Finish
      60 60
      Sweetness decreases and seasoning becomes more dominant, along with increasing maltiness.

  10. Pa_G scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  11. KOQ24 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Orange zest,Caramel,Toffee,Oloroso Sherry,Honey
    • Taste
      75 75
      Follows the nose with a nutty note
    • Finish
      72 72
      medium bitter,medium-bodied with a medium Alcohol note

  12. Martin1965 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry, honey, vanilla, malt, very light caramel notes
    • Taste
      Spicy oak, fruity, traces of vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium and dry, cocoa notes

      Has changed very positively after half a year in the bottle

  13. Tuctu scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  14. MickMatrix scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  15. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Erik1908 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Nose and taste are ok. One of the weakest finishes I came across. It is gone within a second.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      65 65

  17. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  18. SweetPeat scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Works more mature and a little bitterer than the 12er. Beautifully balanced with sweet and tart notes. Thanks 43% strong enough and for formerly under 40 € priced very fair, unfortunately taken from the market.
    • Nose
      85 85
      sweet sherry, caramel, vanilla, honey, clear oak, coffee, chocolate
    • Taste
      85 85
      Intense, rather dry, sherry, raisins, plums, sweet citrus, honey, vanilla, spicy oak, espresso, heather
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long (7/10) and spicy with dark fruits and oak

  19. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I like it very well, very harmonious, everything in the right place, the age is noticeable.
    • Nose
      A great, "typical" whisky nose. Sweet, yellow fruit, a little brandy bean, light sherry, a slightly musty, mushy note (not so bad), plus a nice portion of wood, also some black bread. Spicy and complex.
    • Taste
      surprisingly strong, malty, here are some orange notes, surprisingly tart, oak, but a few fruity accents in the background.
    • Finish
      Oak, orange, some malt, bittersweet, pleasant, old-tasting, rather short.

  20. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  21. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Pretty nice to have a drink in between. But absolutely nothing special. The nose pleases with its fruitiness, but overall could tolerate more complexity. The alcohol is not optimally involved.
    • Nose
      sweet, orange, later malty and lemon balm
    • Taste
      sweet again with lemon balm, some cloves, relatively aggressive alcohol,
    • Finish
      medium length finish with some oak and spice

  22. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    84 points.
    • Nose
      Slightly alcoholic touch at the beginning, then floral, orange blossom, leaf clementine, parsley, caramel, sultanas, bouillon cubes, maggi, light citrusy spiciness.
    • Taste
      Sweet at the beginning, then becomes sour-zesty, finally a full-bodied umami seasoning, which literally makes your mouth water. Cinematically speaking: A pull-swing from bourbon to sherry cask. That's fun!
    • Finish
      Juicy sweetness. Echoes of oak and "fleshy" sherry disappear last. Medium.

  23. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      60 60

  24. hettrum scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Rien scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  26. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:
    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/aberlour-15-yo-select-cask-reserve-ob-ca-2012/

  27. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Schööön, of which I could still'n glass, this is the entry level to the upper class, still tasty, elegant ... the 3% and 3 years to 12er Double Cask bring something, the few euro extra charge (~ 42) he is more than worth, delicious whisky, good PLV.
    • Nose
      round, soft, sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, some orange marmalade, a very light velvety-woody note, very pleasant
    • Taste
      similar to the 12er Double Cask ("pretty neat for 40%, very light hints of dried fruits / raisins, more in the chocolaty direction, milk chocolate, nut nougat cream, round and creamy, a bit oak"), but the whole thing more intense , fuller, slightly drier & tart (more cocoa), slightly hotter, spicier, more elegant
    • Finish
      long, warm spiciness, cocoa / chocolate (even longer than the heat), very dry

  29. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Noo probably waited a little more here, drinking is definitely good, but I just waited more, I can not help ..
    • Nose
      Sherry, caramel, vanilla, dried dark fruit, ripe strawberries, chocolate cherry, heavy blooms - great full heavy scent
    • Taste
      Vanilla, chocolate, juicy fruit topped with frosting, some frothy citrus fruit, full, tender, finely cinnamon spiced
    • Finish
      Woodiness, chocolate, malt, tea, spice - relish is a little weaker than other items

  30. Daan Tje scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  31. mm.binder scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      70 70

  32. JeroenvanDam did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Tried with Danny ...

  33. Xstream scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I think its still quite alcoholic for a 15yo whisky. I like the initial profile, but the bitter alcoholic finish is a letdown for me. Tastes quite young. Its not the most expensive 15yo ofcourse, but i would spend a bit more for much better quality. There are also better whisky's at a lower price. Not impressed. Gets better with some water added.

  34. vb_bembel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  35. pEpp0 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  36. Ties scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  37. Archer scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Fuity, orange and spices - pepper.
    • Taste
      Citrus, a lot of aniseed, liquorice and later some fudge.
    • Finish
      Sweet orange, some syrup and earthy notes.    

  39. aproposwhisky did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Mellow, convenient, nice sherry tones, very accessible whisky and by May 2015 still a good bang for the buck. Recommended!

  40. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  41. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

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

  42. Whiskykoch scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      91 91

  43. sicco scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    I can only say creamy bananas. Ok, with some vanilla, peach and cocos. Never tasted such a fruity whisky before. Very nice. However, the creaminess sometimes strikes me as slightly repulsive. But after a couple of good sips I forget all about that. I like the classy presentation and the shape of the bottle.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  44. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Older Aberlours are pricier and are very good whiskies. But for that premium price this 15yo is still a better choice. So, save a bit of money and buy this one.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  45. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour never disappoints. Maybe the best Aberlour with age. Younger Aberlours tend to be even more satisfactory. And a good batch A'bunadh is heaven in a bottle. But this 15 yo: highly recommended.
    • Nose
      No water: fresh sawn wood.delicious sweetness of flowers and fresh fruit.
      With water: this is Aberlour! Sweet of overripe fruit, and flowers in full bloom in summer. No more sawmill.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sticky heather honey arrival. Spicey, dry development.
    • Finish
      Long, mouth-watering finish of sweet fruit, honey, flowers.

  46. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  47. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The first whisky I actually tasted chocolate in.

    Blind tasting of a sample from Kay Meertens.
    • Nose
      Oloroso sherry sweet. Green fruit, red fruit, a bit salty.
    • Taste
      Soft, full bodied, sherry, raisins, chocolate
    • Finish
      Long, red fruit, chocolat, bit salty again, little dry.

  48. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Dangerously pleasant entry level+ dram.
    Not overly complex, but fun for sherry lovers. My recommendation for beginners: You'd rather pay a few euro more for this one than buy the cheapest available single malt, it's worth it.
    Watch out though, this bottle might be empty quicker than you like.

  49. Taita scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Very nice whisky
    • Nose
      Very sweet, sherry, honey, caramel, dried fruits, medlar, orange, vanilla
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, sherry, medlar, orange, caramel, oak, some herbs, pepper
    • Finish
      Medium long with some sherry and herbal notes

  50. Wild Thing scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A nice sherry aroma, a lot of sweet maybe honey? but definitely a lot of caramel top !!! A little bit vanilla comes away. The spiciness of the oak is clearly there.
    • Taste
      A lot of spice a little dry but also sweet. The bitterness of the oak is there, but not too much unobtrusive. But she stops in the mouth for a long time.
    • Finish
      Long and warm.

  51. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Way better than the 12yo. Quite comparable to the 18yo although much less oak.
    • Nose
      Sweet honey and sherry fruits. Some oak, not that much. Little vanilla and caramel due to the bourbon barrels.
    • Taste
      Quite spicy with a peppery note and noticeable alcohol. Oranges and plums.Vanilla getting stonger.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish. Still very sweet, not dry at all.

  52. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    One of the best whiskies I know at 35 euros. I prefer this one over the 16 YO. This one has more sherry sweetness.
    • Nose
      Toffee, apple, banana, red berries, vanilla, raisin, almond, orange and a little malt.
    • Taste
      Toffee, banana, apple, blueberry, orange, mocha, red berries, almonds and oak. A bit of white pepper and mint.
    • Finish
      Sherry fruits and malt. A bit dull compared to its taste.

  53. Jonkers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    this whisky is very balanced. A tastefull whisky as an aperitif.
    • Nose
      a hint of oak. Fresh, floral and sweet. Raisins and vanilla. Chocolate and macaroons.
    • Taste
      a bit oily and a very pleasant little pepper. Liquorice, honey and vanilla. Also hints of sherry and malt.
    • Finish
      after the spiciness comes the sweetness of honey and vanilla. Mouthfilling and very pleasant. Medium.

  54. D3US scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This doesn't have the bitter edge I know from the 10 and 12 year olds. A very subtle, gentle whisky, perfect as an aperitif. 
    • Nose
      Vanilla and grapes/raisins. Chocolate. Caramel, light oak and malt. Slightly spicy. A mild nose feel.
    • Taste
      Chocolate, Sweet vanilla. Slightly prickly but overall subtle and soft. No bitterness to be found anywhere. Caramel, raisins and light oak return.
    • Finish
      The same flavors are here again, only downside the finish is not very long.

  55. m884 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sherry, similar to the Double Cask but softer, butter creamMouth: Sherry, vanilla cake, black tea with milkFinish: Sherry, minimal oak, a tad pepper, toffee, short~medium longComment: Enjoyable, similar but better than the double cask. 

  56. The Macallan scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, quite allright this one.
    • Nose
      Slightly caramelish, citrus fruits and some sweetness
    • Taste
      Bitter and yet sweet at the same time, slightly sweaty.
    • Finish
      Powerfull and yet so kind and gentle at the back.

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