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The Aberlour 19 Year Old and 13 Year Old in our 2017 and 2018 Creation catalogues paid an eloquent tribute to this famous distillery which has been in the Pernod Ricard portfolio since 1974. They are not an easy act to follow, but this new opus has brilliantly risen to the challenge. Indeed, its fruity, floral and spicy character, honeyed and chocolate softness and intense exoticism demonstrate a depth of expression at the very pinnacle of sherry cask maturation.
Profile: complex, the initial nose is fruity (orange, apricot). Allowed to breathe, it becomes floral (rose, peony), chocolatey and spicy (ginger). The neat attack is also milky (coconut). The mid-palate and the end of the palate burst with fruit (mandarin, blackcurrant, strawberry). The finish is balsamic, saline and floral (lavender), and the empty glass exotic (mango, passion fruit).
The charm of Aberlour is summed up in the magic of its setting, chosen long before distilleries were legal and probably going back to when only monks knew the secrets of distilling; in other words, to where Scotch whisky originated. Indeed, those long before us meticulously set up their stills here in order to take advantage of the spring water, filtered through the granite mass of Ben Rinnes. They then made the large Aberlour stills to capture the richest vapours of the distillate. It is also the heart of Speyside, where the rivers Spey and Lour converge; more than 1,400 years of rich history, illustrated beautifully by the mysterious stones of Fairy Hill. Find out more