Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
23 years old
Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 Oct 2013 4:07 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 119,70

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69 × member ratings

67 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour 1989 CA

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.04 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful Aberlour
    that tends towards oranges liqueur but with a lot more depth.
    • Nose
      The nose is soft,
      sweet and very accessible. I get mostly vanilla, oranges, freshly cut grass and
      – don’t laugh – a drop of blood. I kid you not. This reminds me of a bloody
      nose. A twig of mint keeps it fresh. The association with fruit is apples and
      pears. Some aniseed in the background. Nice!
    • Taste
      It is creamy and
      mouth coating with a malty heart. The fruit evolves towards the darker
      varieties such as raisins and dades. Oranges stay in the lead. Raspberry maybe?
      The spices are much louder now. Think chili pepper and some cinnamon.
    • Finish
      The finish is fairly
      long and spicy with the oranges reappearing.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    so fruity - that I first typed blindly on RefillSherry
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2014/10/01/aberlour-23-yo-19892013-cadenheads-small-batch-549/
    • Nose
      N: un pochino d’alcol si sente, al primo impatto; ma l’istante è fulmineo, e come tale scompare in fretta. Grande ricchezza olfattiva, e l’impressione è quella di un malto vario, quasi cangiante. C’è un filone vegetale, che ricorda infusi d’erbe, amari, persino l’olio 31, se siete di vedute abbastanza larghe per concedercelo. Poi, una bella vanigliona emerge massiccia, salvo poi rimettere la sordina, salvo poi riemergere… Note ‘dolci’ di mandorle, albicocche, marmellata d’arancia; banana matura. Strano ma sontuoso, grazie anche al contributo di note ‘sporchine’, di warehouse (un pazzo ci sentirebbe anche un che di soffritto). Con acqua, il minerale acquista intensità, così come l’agrume, l’erbaceo; vengono fuori note burrose e di zenzero.
    • Taste
      P: c’era da aspettarselo: badilate di sapore, con vaniglia, frutta gialla e frutta secca in primo piano. Che compattezza! Mele e arance, con potenti innesti maltosi; poi miele e ancora erbe balsamiche; volendo esagerare (e noi vogliamo), ricorda quasi un infuso zuccherato, anzi: addolcito con miele. Caramelloso, ma non per questo dolciastro; anzi, pare proprio ben bilanciato e succoso. Con acqua, esce la qualità del malto Aberlour, con le sue note agrumate e aranciate; rileviamo – d’altro canto – zenzero in aumento.
    • Finish
      F: pulito e riccamente maltato; burroso, a tratti. Replica il palato, con lunghi sconfinamenti verso erbe infuse.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    N: Squidgy earthy-mineral-sherried old skool action with enormous breadth. Sweet TTW, pineapple cubes,.. Heaps here, wonderful combinations, brown sugar,...
    T: So much here and i’m rushed [the clock is ticking, work is looming]. Concentrated, orangey, earthy-maltiness with muscovado on arrival. Waxy pancake also.
    F: Mocha, runny caramel,... big hum.
    C: Super tasty.Scores a B+

  6. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    N: a little bit of alcohol is heard, at first impact; but the instant is lightning-fast, and as such it quickly disappears. Great olfactory richness, and the impression is that of a varied, almost iridescent malt. There is a vegetable vein, reminiscent of herbal, bitter infusions, even oil 31, if you are of wide enough views to concede it. Then, a nice vanillion emerges massive, but then put the mute back, but then re-emerge ... Notes 'sweets' of almonds, apricots, orange marmalade; ripe banana. Strange but sumptuous, thanks also to the contribution of 'dirty' notes, of warehouse (a madman would also feel a kind of fried). With water, the mineral gains intensity, as does the citrus, the herbaceous; buttery and ginger notes come out. P: it was to be expected: bad taste, with vanilla, yellow fruit and dried fruit in the foreground. What a compactness! Apples and oranges, with powerful malty grafts; then honey and still balsamic herbs; wanting to exaggerate (and we want), remember almost a sweetened infusion, indeed: sweetened with honey. Caramel, but not for this sweetish; indeed, it seems very well balanced and juicy. With water, the quality of Aberlour malt comes out, with its citrus and orange notes; we note - on the other hand - increasing ginger. F: clean and richly malty; buttery, sometimes. Replica the palate, with long trespasses towards infused herbs. Well, you were right. Nothing to say: Aberlour works great, he has hardly ever disappointed us; usually the distillery is associated with the sherried malts, but this treatise on quality shows that even when the distillate meets American oak barrels the result can be satisfactory. More than satisfactory. http://whiskyfacile.com/2014/10/01/aberlour-23-yo-19892013-cadenheads-small-batch-549/

  7. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Oranges and chocolate. Some apricots and peaches. Other notes quite hard to pin down - earthy, hummus.
    • Taste
      Orange-chocolate liqueur. A little musty. Bubblegum. Late spice.
    • Finish
      Long with more orchard fruits and bubblegum. Slightly metallic.

  8. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Dramfest 2014, single dram note.
    • Nose
      fruity-estery, earthy, honey-comb, cereal. (85)
    • Taste
      fruity/spicy, bubblegum, cereal (85)
    • Finish
      apples, bubblegum, estery. (87)

  9. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes from Mark Watt (WM Cadenhead):

    Nose: Blood oranges, a rich tomato sauce, touch of chilli spice with creamy undertones.

    Palate: Very orangey – triple sec – very rich. Soft spice comes through along with darker fruits raisins and sultanas.

    Finish: Smooth and sweet. Peaches and mandarin segments.

  10. Finlaggan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:


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