Aberlour 21yo, 1992-2014, Old Particular
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Bottling: Douglas Laing
Cask type: Refill Hogshead (# DL10436, 331 btl.)
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Clean and lovely fresh on the nose with citric notes, peaches, apricots and subtle green apples coming through. Very attractive with a hint of barley sugar, lingering spiced oak and a touch of cloves in the back.
Palate: Mellow and deliciously fruity on the palate with lots of pears, peaches and lemon. This is complemented by spiced oak, ginger and a slight touch of white pepper. Sweet and warming with acacia honey and a not unpleasant hint of damped wood towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long, lingering sweet and fruity with pear drops and a warming peppery spiciness on the tail.
With water: There's more yellow fruit coming through with a splash of water, supported by lingering toffee. The fresh citric notes are slightly tamed. Very fruity and creamy on the palate. Very soft with a significantly tamed spiciness. The finish is a bit shorter but stays sweet and creamy, becoming slightly dry on the tail with oak and clove.
Comments: This nice 21 years old bottling of Aberlour is packed with delicate sweet fruit and lingering spices. A pleasant and refreshing dram, showing good balance and a lovely fruity core. A fine opening dram for the evening. Aberlour from a bourbon cask: indeed different, but quite a savoury alternative to the heavily sherried treats from this Speyside distillery.
I thank Douglas Laing for the sample and the photograph!