Only the very best casks have been selected, ensuring a whisky of unsurpassed richness: it is by far the most indulgent Aberlour expression. A whisky of perfect structure, the ultimate expression of Aberlour.
“There was an Aberlour 18 on the market for a spell several years ago, aged in sherry casks, that I really enjoyed. Now we have this new 18 year old expression. There are big shoes to fill, and this whisky fills them quite nicely. Once again, the sherry is prominent throughout, with its lush fruit, velvety texture, and sweet demeanor. But it’s not cloying or sappy — the sherry blends in nicely with the rest of the flavors. Ripe orange, apricot preserve, peach cobbler, chocolate-covered caramel, and toffee, with a sprinkling of cinnamon and cocoa. Rich, silky smooth, satisfying finish. Very impressive. The Aberlour 18 year old’s reputation remains intact!”
- www.maltadvocate.com (Vol. 20, #1) Reviewed by: John Hansell
“This expression is the latest release from the Speyside distillery of Aberlour…it joins 10, 12 and 16-year-old bottlings in the UK domestic market, and like many versions of Aberlour, has a strong influence of Sherry wood. The nose offers sweet Sherry, honey and orange creams, becoming richer and more profound with exposure to air. Spices and figs emerge. Full-bodied and medium-sweet in the mouth, with spicy Sherry, apricots and peaches. Water teases out notes of furniture polish, liquorice and smoke. The finish is long, with silky cream, more spices and figs, and a final suggestion of gentle oak. A lovely, confident, satisfying, after-dinner Aberlour. Sherried Speyside at its best.”
4/5 stars. - www.whisky-pages.com