This review focuses on a limited release which yielded only 14 bottles from a private cask. This expression of Aberlour was distilled in 1995, matured in a bourbon hogshead for 21 years before being bottled at 45.8% abv.
So, let's dive right into the review!
The Single Cask Aberlour 1995 21 Years Old (45.8% abv)
Nose: Herbal, slightly citrusy and somewhat spicy, with mint, basil, lemon peel and cinnamon emerging. Some hints of camphor and menthol in the mix as well as some barley sugar and a noticeable alcohol note. Palate: Not particularly sweet, with the citrus hints taking the form of white grapes and lemon zest. Cinnamon, grass, malt and black pepper also emerge along with some oak and vanilla. Finish: Relatively long on the finish, with the white grapes and lemon zest intermingling with the cinnamon and oak hints as well as a touch of vanilla sugar.
This expression is extremely limited and can only be sampled by the dram or as a part of a flight at the bar.