Aberlour 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.51/100
votes
632
Whiskybase ID
WB44847
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Double Cask Matured
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Double Matured in Oak and Sherry Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LKPG 3086
Barcode
3047100243774
Added on
02 oct 2013 11:05 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 41.56

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour 12-year-old

61 users have left 64 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.51 points.

  1. MLE scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  2. zzqfyl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Quercus scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. Roley scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  5. MrDvorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Simple but neat, quite sweet, nicely sherried
    w/ notes of stewed peaches, apricot jam, honeycake with a nice nuances of caramel.

    RATING: 83pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  6. snaotheus scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Oaky, sherry, dried cherry,
    • Taste
      81 81
      Sweet, fruity, maybe bananas, mild vanilla, more light caramel. Oak for sure. Something minty or herbal.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Light and airy, vanishes and leaves behind alcohol and floral/honey notes.

  7. JeJoost scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Decent entry-level age stated single malt.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet grain, bubble gum, honey, marzipan nuttiness, nutmeg, some raisins, sweet milk and slight red wine. Both the bourbon and sherry casks are noticeably present. Sweet dominates.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Raspberry, redberries, lemon, pears, vanilla, sugar syrup, flat soda. The low abv is noticeable here, it shows potential but lacks flavor and viscosity.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Short, orange, zesty, spicy & sweet, chocolate, a little wood shows up at the end.

  8. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind
    The bottle already has the new design
    Overall, I like the bottling, especially considering the price, there are deductions for the somewhat thin finish, here the 40% take revenge
    • Nose
      84 84
      Apple juice, cookies, lemon sorbet, peach, tropifrutti, no alcohol
    • Taste
      84 84
      Again tropical fruits, gummy bears, very sweet, but also an immediately somewhat spicy start in the pleasant sense, which balances out the sweetness, alcohol also reserved here
      As you swallow more and more, it becomes more and more spicy
    • Finish
      79 79
      Vanilla sugar, caramel, a touch of fruit, unfortunately (too) not very intense, but tasty

  9. Igitor scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Boenke scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    What a smooth, fruity dram ... great fruity nose, soft taste and finish. For the 25 EUR I payed it’s really good ...

    Sherry comes out after a few minutes in the glass.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherried - Vanilla - Fresh Fruit - Apples
    • Taste
      84 84
      Apple - Vanilla - Ginger - Fresh fruit - Vanilla
    • Finish
      83 83
      Pepper - Fresh Fruit - Vanilla - Wood

  11. Ulcinj scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  12. erwinnlim scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Good introduction to sherried malts. Value (£25) : 8/10
    • Nose
      Classic vanilla and caramel notes. But some darker notes of sultanas as well. Much less sherried than the colour (mind the E150 added) would lead you to believe.
    • Taste
      Apples and honey. Slightly herbal as well. Some cinnamon notes before ginger spices take over.
    • Finish
      A short, spicy finish. I personally find it lacking some sweetness.

  13. matfrl scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  14. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  15. Jakob scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Delicious

  16. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    okay but compared to the 18y but a disappointment
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  17. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    This 12-year-old Speysider appears to be the tamed version of the excellent Aberlour A'bunadh, even though it is a vatting of both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry matured whisky. Fresh, citrusy and a little bit shy at first nosing, the aroma unfolds with tropical fruits, cloves and hints of marzipan. Despite its low ABV, the taste is surprisingly strong and fruity-spicy with lots of blueberries, plums and ginger. The finish is of medium length with notes of milk chocolate, baked apple and wood tannins. An easily accessible and quite affordable Single Malt with character.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. AdamsB scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour means "an outlet of a stream that flows." In Scotland, this is the place where the mountain stream Lour meets the River Spey. It is this extremely soft water that Aberlour owes its style to. A certain mysticism is added by the fact that the distillery was built near the well of Św. Drostana - an invaluable source of crystal clear water. The history of this well goes back a thousand years, when it was a sacred place for Druids worshiping the spirits of water and oak. In later times, with this water well, Saint Drostan baptized the first Christians in these lands. Aberlour is ripened in two types of barrels: bourbon and Oloroso sherry. The Bourbon cask gives whisky a sweet, vanilla flavor, while Oloroso has spicy and fruity notes. The basic assumption of the distillery is that the apple and blackcurrant dominate in their whisky, while the taste of the grain should be neutralized.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Rich, pears, apples, oak
    • Taste
      76 76
      Sherry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, ginger
    • Finish
      79 79
      Spicy with a hint of mint

  19. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Decent sensible malt for his money. I drank the bottle quickly and with pleasure.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Candied peaches, apricot jam, honey pastries, pies, sweet spices, caramel and apples.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Peaches, turns into apples and sweets, the nuances of cream and lush pies with chocolate chips.
    • Finish
      83 83
      It echoes the taste of apple pie, various pastries and sweet spices, a slightly bitter barrel.

  20. schengel10 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    A good beginner whisky, much more demanding than the 10 year old.
    • Nose
      immediately fruity (ripe apples), some sherry, caramel, vanilla, subtle oak;
    • Taste
      gentle, soft, very fruity, sweet berries, sherry, spices, light, very harmonious;
    • Finish
      soft, medium long, herbs, some oak;

  21. MY MALTS scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Honestly, I'm a little disappointed ...
    So far, every 10 years of Aberlour has tasted better ...
    Something stinky is spreading in the nose ...
    The smell of valerian comes on ...

  22. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Colour: dark amber.
    Nose: sweet, croissant with butter, apple sourness, sweet fruits, berries, dried fruits, current leaves, nuts and caramel.
    Mouth: apples, pepper, oak, dried fruits, grass, citrus and nuts.
    Finish: middle with pepper, vanilla, apples, grass and varnish.
    Aberlour 12YO is a good balanced whisky. It’s smooth and simple. I gave 82 points. I like more sherry cask version, than double cask

  23. whiskyd scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      72 72

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/bottle-polishing-summer-2018-runners-up/

    I tried this last year [March ’17] and liked it very much [blog86]. Then it came up for £25 at Asda, in time for the holidays [May ’18].

    N: With a thick layer of sour-cream, a sweeter fruitiness and a nutty light fungal/malty/cardboard-y pong, for me something is off. In an article in the SMWS magazine Unfiltered #39 about ‘off notes’, Richard Paterson talks of ‘the occasional “sour cask” caused by bacterial infection, and issues with mustiness from contaminated bung cloths. You can correct some defects through re-racking into fresh casks or, as a last resort, through carbon-filtering, though that risks stripping out some of the good congeners’.

    T: Surprisingly sour, enough to make this whole bottle fairly unenjoyable. An aniseed-spearmint-peppery grainy/malty heat carries on right through to the finish, the graininess hinting at detergent powder though sweetening a touch in the middle before determinedly heading sour again.

    F: Hangs on with light yet prominent peppery/waxy/chalky aniseed before concluding with another wave of dry grapefruit sour>cream that hangs on and on.

    C: Despite giving the bottle three weeks to open out, there was little change albeit slightly less sourness over a touch more maltiness. This is still decent whisky though with a significant consistency drop compared to that more superior batch available just over a year ago.

    Scores a D+

  25. 40four scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  26. LordIslay scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  27. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Islaywolf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. netsroht scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  30. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Complacent, but a bit "thin" (Dalmore problem, 40%)
    • Nose
      fresh, strong red apple, sour cherries (Mon Cherie), redcurrants, light ginger, chocolaty, caramel and nut
    • Taste
      mild, sherry, grape nut chocolate, black tea with lemon
    • Finish
      Ginger and cinnamon at the back, light tannins

  31. KGA scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Excellent dram, enjoyed it very much, and the more considering the price ( i paid it 35€).
    • Nose
      I smell orange and nuts
    • Taste
      Vanille, nuts, toffee. Bit spicy but not too much
    • Finish
      Nice finish but not too long

  32. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Starts very fruity cherry (cherries, Em-Eukal wild cherry) and syrupy aromas of canned peaches. Then yeast dough, ground nuts, some mint, oak and cinnamon follow. Later also banana bread and cocoa dust.
    • Taste
      Oily-soft onion with cherries (especially cloudy cherries), fruit brandy aromas, pepper, vanilla, maybe also nutmeg and mint. Matures over time and more for banana bread.
    • Finish
      Medium long, emphasizes "cherry", nuts, cocoa and Black Forest cake.

  33. Rien scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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

  34. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    From a sample left over from Februarys MnC:

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/mnc-a-shot-in-the-dark/

    Though im not a great fan of the ever-popular and still excellently-priced 10yo, I considered this worthy of quiet contemplation.

    N: Starts with malty-sweet lemonade and [from memory], a clean & less obvious sherry ratio than the standard 10 - wish i had one alongside. Wood-wise, more resinous than the 18yo, but equally as balanced. Style-wise its much like its Macallan neighbours 12yo. Touches of old-skoolness about it and maybe a ppm or two?.
    T: A clean>ish softness is observed. A slow grower with a controlled, patient & gradual swell. With some raspberry & blackberry leaf on arrival, it develops some savoury-sour creamy sherried notes, though the quieter bourbon action certainly seems to underpin the whole.
    F: Cleverly tempered youthful, malty & sherry-sweet finish with a little almond note and a light creamy woodiness.
    C: Rather good and preferred to the 10yo. Bottling it a little stronger [43% may be enough], would raise the bar even higher and distinguish it more clearly from the supermarket 10. Seems like a mature 12yo, going on 15-16 at times. Quite possibly my favourite official core 12yo from any distillery right now - a very good batch no doubt.Scores a B-

  35. Avatar scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Better in the nose than in the mouth. You smell pear, light sherry and coffee notes. Also something of roasted caramel. Fairly soft in the mouth but also (too) thin. Finish is short. All in all, no high flyer.

  36. Lauzz82 scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  37. rottendon scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Too bad, it started quite well in the nose, but unfortunately it fails completely in the mouth. He is drinkable, but that's about it.
    • Nose
      Fermented fruit, in the beginning, matures quickly. Caramel, vanilla and an idea sweat. The rather thin nose gets a little bit fuller, baked apples and some fruit cake, a Christmas nose. Later herbs and lightly tingling alcohol, now it's fermented again and slightly uncomfortable, but that settles again, in the end only caramel left. So better not to warm too much.
    • Taste
      Oh my god is the skinny! A little caramel, with a lot of fancy fruits and some herbs that look rather bitter, especially in the end.
    • Finish
      In the finish as well, bitter honey. No heat. Medium.

  38. peej84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  39. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, tasty, good for whisky-Anfixen (popularly also called "beginners"), not very demanding, but still has good flavor, its worth 38 €.
    • Nose
      mild and soft, apple and pear compote sprinkled with a pinch of cocoa powder, some nougat
    • Taste
      Somewhat stronger in the taste, quite 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
    • Finish
      surprisingly long, pleasantly warm, chocolate, mildly hot

  40. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was expecting something rotten, I was pleasant surprised - especially by the nose. Enthusiasm 3/5
    Whisky n ° 1252
    • Nose
      A nose rather well done, quite round with fruity notes (peach).
    • Taste
      In the mouth, decent attack, despite the reduction. Much more than anything an end of mouth denoting a mediocre selection of barrels. A little alcoholic.
    • Finish
      Rather short

  41. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Wow, Aberlour can not go down in my rating soon. I think it's a pity, because I would like the design and the alleged character of this Distille eigtl good.
    • Nose
      Almond, a lot of fresh apple (brand), marzipan everywhere, sweet malt, honey, toffee
    • Taste
      Very watery, in a small tip: lemon, acid, a hint of nothing aka sherry (possibly in a parallel dimension?), Metallic, toffee
    • Finish
      Apple peel, citrus, short, dry-fruity, well

  42. Allandale scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very nice. This strange bottling. 
    • Nose
      Earthy, fruity,Pears. Apples. Taste tatin.
    • Taste
      Melty pastry . Caramel sauce. Custard . Leaves of garden mint. The body is Medium and firm.
    • Finish
      More of the mint. Now it has become spearmint. Ends rather abruptly  and sharply.

  43. chlinatele scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N: Ok, were into different sherry territory now compared with the last two pairs - PX, Fino? In hindsight its very oaky like the 18yo that follows. Those old dry raisins indicate its more Glenfarclas than Talisker as i first suspected - and it’s nowhere near peaty or heathery for Skye malt.
    T: A really good ‘old’ 12yo. Takes a while to go up the gears before gathering pace and momentum.
    F: Big, waxy, vanilla chocolate floods into the finish.
    C: I’ve never actually tried the 12yo before [keep thinking of the 10yo], but i find it very good. Full report HERE.

    Scores a B[-]

  45. Matt80 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Raisins, stewed dates, sherry, nuts, a little honey, heather, some lavender.

      With water - some brown sugar but turning a little minty.
    • Taste
      Woody, slightly bitter tannins, spicy.

      With water - much woodier and bitter, like chewing a pencil.
    • Finish
      Medium, spicy, a little aniseed, wood, a touch of bitter oak.

      With water - the pencil is still there!

  46. Albaron scored this whisky 80 points Specialist

    Sherry is here with. At least something. For me this is not necessarily a first fill but rather second fill because the young oak is missing. He is probably a little older, because there is a lot of spice in it. The brand is strong, think 46% in any case, maybe more. Cask strength? Maybe.
    Created as part of a blind tasting
    • Nose
      a little alcohol, malty, dried fruits, slightly overripe fruits, cherries, currants, a little sherry
    • Taste
      strong onset, pepper, some herbs, sherry, dried fruit, strong black tea
    • Finish
      The dried fruits remain something, then the oak and only very slightly tannins

  47. puusj scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    A sweet and fruity whisky. Smells a bit of perfume / flowers, tastes a bit apricot. Not very complex, does not last very long.

  48. Butz75 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  49. BiggieEric scored this whisky 77 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      80 80

  50. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    I must admit, between the 10 and the 12 there is not a massive difference, the 12 is a lot smoother though. Still a very good and enjoyable sherry malt.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  51. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    A nice smooth and enjoyable malt, for the price you pay, it is excellent value.
    • Nose
      Some red cherries and some stewed summer fruit pudding, an old leather coat, chewing gum and strawberry slush. The nose isn't strong, i really had to work for this.
    • Taste
      The taste though is smooth,very smooth, you can taste the wood straight away, medium bodied, there is Lyons Golden Syrup, dried orange and sultanas.
    • Finish
      A medium nutty finish with slightly drying on the death.

  52. pianoman scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light. Strawberries, sparkling wine, some wild mint.
    • Taste
      Light and indefinite. Fruit spritzer, a bit bland.

  53. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A nice little sherry and accessible, which in my opinion is still a bit expensive compared to others of the same category.
    • Nose
      Malty, fruity, halfway between yellow / white fruits and red fruits / citrus fruits. A milk chocolate side comes next. Not so light that despite the reduction to 40%. A pleasant nose.
    • Taste
      As usual, it is now that the reduction gun everything ... It's a shame because we feel that there is potential. 40%, it's really not (more) for me.
    • Finish
      Average, not as bitter as I would have thought. Not so bad despite the reduction.

  54. martinni scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  55. jankes scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  56. fileosoph scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  57. PeterCr scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Nose and taste are consistent and has some positives in it but lacks complexity which probably is in line with only being a 12yo. Influences of Sherry are there but still subtle.

    Balance score = 22/25

    Total score = 79 pts

    Less complex and a bit smoother than the 15yo DC matured.
    • Nose
      Quite soft nose, fruity (orange peel, apricots), spicy (vanilla). Not overly complex.

      Taste score = 20/25
    • Taste
      Medium bodied, smooth light attack, buttery with some nuts and honey but not very complex. Sherry influence is obviously there with raisins and sweetness.

      Taste score = 20/25
    • Finish
      Short finish with some spicy (vanilla, pepper) finish but not too hot or bitter.

      Finish score = 17/25

  58. Ciro scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  59. Rom scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Nose milk chocolate, fruit mixture including pear and orange, vanilla. Soft and smooth, the development brings tannins. Short final, bitter

  60. Hasse Berg scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Raisin, Wood and Sherry
    • Taste
      Butter, Brown sugar, raisin, sweet sherry and milk chocolate

  61. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    What a pity. The nose is great, then it breaks off a bit. Still not bad.
    • Nose
      Sweet, dark sherry, Mon Cheri cherries in milk chocolate. Behind it bright, sweet fruit, caramel and vanilla, light nut, possibly hazelnut and a hint of oak. Mouthwatering.
    • Taste
      Too bad, as watery as the nose suspect. Oak fruits, light fruitiness. Some sherry and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Mitellang and some oak bitter, espresso and dark chocolate.

  62. Ivynor scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not the whisky of the century, but it defends itself well, especially the nose, the mouth, too diluted, is below.
    • Nose
      Sweet enough, on candied orange, cake, milk chocolate with nougatine and a lot of caramel.
    • Taste
      Sweet, but unfortunately less expressive than the nose. There is a little wood, vanilla, some traces of hazelnut and caramel. the end of the mouth, surely because of the barrels, is more bitter.
    • Finish
      A little dry, short, with woody notes.

  63. tomy63 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    deep gold color, nice nose on milk chocolate, nougat, praline, greedy. Sweet palate, caramel, chocolate, nougat, some dried fruits. Final quite short. Simple and easy to drink. Well above 10 years, not far from 16 double cask.

  64. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Another whisky whose nose suggests good things and whose mouth disappoints some. In any case, it's beefy and stocky.
    • Nose
      A flowery nose reminiscent of lily of the valley and fresh fig. Wooded too; we go towards the pine. A little fruity-honeyed; wax, encaustic and pear. And vanilla. Quite interesting, oddly heterogeneous in my opinion.
    • Taste
      More homogeneous in taste. Less interesting than the nose. We find pine but especially green wood. A hint of smoke. A little solvent taste. Maybe cereals. Alcohol a little dissociated.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Bitter. Pepper. Oak barrel in the final. Maybe a little plastic.

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