Nose: Woodruff ice cream next to moist potting soil and very ripe fruit. Baked banana with honey, beeswax, vanilla and a pleasant seasoning behind it. Cloves maybe, a little ginger.
Palate: A lot of bitterness, the oak is strong and spicy. The alcohol very present, but not disturbing. Behind it a slight sweetness, honey, peanuts.
Finish: Medium-long and spicy, a little bitter. The sweetness is haunted, the peanuts and herbal aromas are left behind.
Conclusion: A very surprising Aberlour that has a completely different effect on the palate than the nose suggests. Not a blind purchase for the sherry lovers of the distillery, but overall a worthy representative.
87/100 points - www.notesofmalt.com