January 01, 2017
This week's review focuses on an extremely limited single cask expression which was distilled at Aberlour distillery and bottled as a part of The Single Cask range of bottlings.
The reason why this expression is extremely limited would be due to it having been sourced from a private cask. It would also be rather appropriate to say that this is a rather exceptional expression which was matured in a single ex-bourbon cask for the entirity of its life.
This particular expression was distilled in 1995 and matured for 21 years before being bottled in the middle of 2016 by The Single Cask at a standard abv of 45.8% for the bar.
So, let's jump right into the review!
The Single Cask Aberlour 1995 21 Years Old (45.8% abv)
Nose: Initial entry presents some herbal notes which are reminiscent of mint and basil, followed by malt and grist. Light citrus notes and lemon peel emerge after and intermingle with cinnamon, white sugar, menthol and camphor. There is a slight oakiness which lingers in the background, but it is rather muted.
Palate: The sweetness which was hinted at on the nose is not as pronounced on the palate and the citrus notes have taken the form of white grapes which are presented in the style of a fortified wine such as moscato. Cinnamon, grass, some malt and lemon zest emerge after some time and are followed by black pepper, chewy malt and vanilla. The oak is more pronounced now.
Finish: Relatively long on the finish, with the light citrus, oak and moscato notes being particularly dominant. There is some cinnamon in the mix, but it fades into the background rather quickly.
Balance: A well-balanced and well-crafted dram which showcases the merits of a bourbon-matured Aberlour. Considering that most of the official distillery releases are either a vatting of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks or full blown sherry bombs, this provides a different perspective to the distillery's capabilities. The mouthfeel is oily for the most part but gets progressively drying towards the end.
This expression of Aberlour is available for purchase by the bottle or the dram for in-bar consumption or by the bottle for retail/takeaway purposes. As only 14 bottles were made available, this represents an extremely limited opportunity for patrons to own a truly unique expression of Aberlour.
For more information on this bottle and the rest of The Single Cask range, please approach our friendly staff and they will be more than happy to assist you with your enquiries.
Written By Brendan Pillai for The Single Cask
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