- 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
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67 × member ratings
63 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Aberlour 1989 CA
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.95 points
- for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2014/10/01/aberlour-23-yo-19892013-cadenheads-small-batch-549/
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.
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.
F: pulito e riccamente maltato; burroso, a tratti. Replica il palato, con lunghi sconfinamenti verso erbe infuse.
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+
- 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/
- Wonderful Aberlour
that tends towards oranges liqueur but with a lot more depth.
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!
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.
The finish is fairly
long and spicy with the oranges reappearing.
Oranges and chocolate. Some apricots and peaches. Other notes quite hard to pin down - earthy, hummus.
Orange-chocolate liqueur. A little musty. Bubblegum. Late spice.
Long with more orchard fruits and bubblegum. Slightly metallic.
- Dramfest 2014, single dram note.
fruity-estery, earthy, honey-comb, cereal. (85)
fruity/spicy, bubblegum, cereal (85)
apples, bubblegum, estery. (87)
- 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.
- My review can be found here: