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75cl / 40% – An old bottle of Huntly blended whisky. The creators of the blend, Slater Rodger & Company of Glasgow, used to carry out a large amount of blending and bottling for John Walker & Sons, who then took a controlling interest in the company. We estimate this was bottled in the 1940s, when the brand was under the Distillers Company Limited (DCL) umbrella.
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The Aberlour Tweet Tasting has been and is now, sadly, gone!
It took place on the evening of December 2nd (although some people were sampling in the middle of the afternoon because of the time-zones!)
The malts sampled were:-
- Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured
- Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured
- Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 45
- Aberlour 18 Year Old
- Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered
If you want to catch up on what all the tasters had to say (and there was quite a few of them!) you can view the tweets by searching for the hash tag #AberlourTT on Twitter.
So, what did I think?
Here are my tasting notes … and the one which was my favourite on the night!
Tasting Notes – Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask Matured (40%)
The 12 year-old expression takes Aberlour’s raw spirit and deftly softens it through double cask maturation.
Traditional oak and seasoned Sherry butts are both used and the mellowed spirits are combined to deliver a subtly balanced flavour.
Nose: Sweet, citrus, hint of apple. Aromas of banoffee pie!
Palate: Luscious raisins mixed with spice. Light feel on the palate. Chocolatey and not too much sherry.
Finish: Nice long spice finish with a bit of sweetness! Quite a fiery finish at the very end.
Overall: Some debate was given over to the fact that this was a 40% bottling as opposed to the previous 43%. But my opinion was it mattered little, it was still a nice dram and the 3% was not missed!
Tasting Notes – Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured (43%)
The 16 year Aberlour in a combination of first fill oak Bourbon casks and the finest Sherry butts.
Nose: Raisins with a well tempered spiciness.
Palate: Light on the palate with sweet Xmas raisins – Yum! Chocolate cream.
Finish: A lot less spice on the 16YO finish which surprises me after the 12YO. Tobacco taste at the end.
Overall: A great, well balanced malt. Perfect for those who prefer less spiciness.
Tasting Notes – Aberlour A’bunadh Batch 45 (60.2%)
Carefully made by hand, Aberlour A’bunadh is a unique cask strength whisky which has achieved cult status among whisky connoisseurs.
A’bunadh means ‘the original’ in Gaelic and is made in homage to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming, using only traditional methods without chill filtration or other modern processes.
Nose: Lovely sherry aromas mixed with rum and orange – almost like Cointreau! And a hefty alcohol hit!
Palate: Sweet, thick on the palate, rich Xmas cake!
Finish: Fantastic spice but not too over the top. Short tannin finish with exploding spiciness!
Overall: The 60% alcohol is remarkably un-bruising! An amazing malt!
Tasting Notes – Aberlour 18 Year Old (43%)
Matured in the highest quality casks, where it develops deep Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry flavours, this is the richest and most indulgent Aberlour expression.
Nose: Wood notes, rich toffee.
Palate: Light fruits and sweet – not as rich as A’bunadh.
Finish: Very short finish with muted spice.
Overall: Attractive sherried flavour throughout, very smooth!
Tasting Notes – Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered (48%)
A bit of a mystery malt here!
Apparently the Aberlour 12 Year Old Non Chill Filtered has gone down a storm in the States when it was sampled there a few weeks ago.
Some of the tweeters thought that we should be able to stand a bit of cloudiness in our malts now (because of the abscence of chill filtering) and we should embark on an education program to convince the buying public!
Nose: Vanilla, slight caramel, bit of chocolate in there.
Palate: Tasty sherry n’ spice, hints of wood and rich fruits and pepper!
Finish: Smooth, short finish, pleasantly spicy aftertaste.
Overall: I think this would make a very popular addition to the Aberlour range. Very morish!
My Favourite On The Night
Out of the 5, I think it’s got to be the Aberlour A’bunadh.
An absolute powerhouse of a malt that provides a complete taste sensation while being a gentle giant (belying the whopping 60.2% that it delivers.)
And to top it all, it comes in at a fantastic price!
ABERLOUR is available to buy from these Whisky Merchants:-
- The Whisky Exchange
- Master of Malt
- Edencroft Fine Wine & Spirit Specialists
- Abbey Whisky
- Whisky Online
- The Whisky Barrel
- The Green Welly Stop
Ballantine’s has announced the launch of Ballantine’s Brasil – a new lime-infused spirit drink.
Made by selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel, Ballantine’s Brasil aims to fuse the traditions of Scotland with the passion of Brazil.
The delicate combination of citrus and vanilla notes is aimed at consumers who are new to Scotch as well as existing Ballantine’s drinkers.
An ABV of 35% ensures that the taste is both smooth and consistent, with the sweet and creamy flavours of Scotch balancing the refreshing lime taste.
Ballantine’s has also developed a new drink for the Ballantine’s Brasil called the Highland Samba.
It mixes Ballantine’s Brasil and lemonade, served over ice and topped with two freshly-cut slices of lime.
A further four Brazilian-themed serves have also been created:-
- Glen Rio: a mix of Ballantine’s Brasil and apple juice
- Flower O’Brasil: Ballantine’s Brasil mixed with freshly squeezed lime and elderflower
- Caledinho: Ballantine’s Brasil combined with freshly squeezed lime and mixed with crushed sugar
- Glen Coco: The Caledinho, with the addition of coconut
Peter Moore, Global Brand Director for Ballantine’s, said: “There is a huge opportunity for spirit drinks that are made with whisky, as it’s an exceptionally dynamic new category that is already demonstrating a strong rate of growth.
Ballantine’s Brasil is a venture into new territory for us, but we’re excited to have a product that can take advantage of this opportunity and one that can truly inspire those who have not yet found their perfect way to enjoy a Scotch whisky drink.
We hope that Ballantine’s Brasil will excite a new generation of consumers with the combination of Scottish authenticity and Brazilian passion!”
You can also pop along to www.mixitwithbrasil.com where you can find a series of tutorials on how to ‘Mix it with Brasil’ and create your own favourite Ballantine’s Brasil cocktails!
Brasil will be available from February 2014.
75cl / 46% / First Cask – A 23 year old whisky from Glendronach, from the days well before their Benriach led revival, released in the late 1990s by First Cask. This was distilled on 2nd June 1975.
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