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October 1, 2022



Angus’s Nook
From our correspondent and
expert taster Angus MacRaild in Scotland
Younger Aberlour:
outdated and new
I do not strive Aberlour as typically as I would wish to, and I’ve a few youthful examples on the tasting desk so why not a fast pair of kids with outdated bottling vs new.


Aberlour 5 yo 'Pure Malt' (40%, OB, 1980s)

Aberlour 5 yo ‘Pure Malt’ (40%, OB, Eighties)
There appears to have been many, many random variations and variations and age statements of distillery Aberlours throughout this period. High quality is very variable in my expertise. Color: gold. Nostril: sultanas and golden syrup on the one hand, mashy cooked grains on the opposite. A yin and yang type of nostril to this point. You can too add some malt syrup, barely sweetened breakfast cereals and sweetish outdated type beers and ales. Not unhealthy. however not stellar by any measure. Mouth: hmm, a tiny cleaning soap notice threatens issues from the off. However there’s some candy biscuits, some ales, breads and nonetheless these cooked and mashy cereal notes. Not nice if I am being sincere. End: fairly quick and with some notes of flat beer. Feedback: it was going okay till that obscure soapy notice on the palate. Youth + caramel + heavy filtration + 40% ABV doesn’t for a successful cocktail make on this occasion.  There are various vastly superior up to date Aberlours to be loved on the market.

SGP: 541 – 69 factors.



Aberlour 7 yo (54.0%, Dram Mor, cask #800914, Portuguese red wine finish, 328 bottles)

Aberlour 7 yo (54.0%, Dram Mor, cask #800914, Portuguese crimson wine end, 328 bottles)
Portuguese crimson wine end. Are there 4 extra terrifyingly ordered phrases within the English language? Now, Dram Mor appear to have a knack for very intelligent flash-finishes like this so let’s hold a large open thoughts please… Color: straw. Nostril: youthful, fairly sharp and barely acidic, possibly even crimson fruit acids, however that might be my thoughts taking part in methods. I additionally discover it a bit of teaish and biscuity. With water: improves, will get extra floral and goes in the direction of some first rate mirabelle eau de vie in type. Younger however good spirit in different phrases. Mouth: not too certain about this, I discover it clear sufficient however a bit of inexperienced and sappy and astringent. Some good notes of pears and lemon cough drops although. With water: this sense of tea and biscuits is again, a bit of vase water, some mashed potato, barely humorous now actually. End: medium in size, vase water once more, a bit of sooty and a few extra of those barely acidic fruit notes. Feedback: fairly a humorous whisky, definitely higher than the outdated 5yo, however nonetheless a bit of unlikely in my opinion. A superb candidate for ice and soda come the sunshine months.

SGP: 441 – 76 factors.



Bonus: I simply remembered I’ve this bottle knocking about on a shelf…



Aberlour 10 yo 1990/2000 (62.9%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society 54.14)

Aberlour 10 yo 1990/2000 (62.9%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society 54.14)
Color: very pale white wine. Nostril: hay, barley, lemongrass, crushed inexperienced herbs, handfuls of milled grist, oatcakes and many others. Uncooked, pure and utterly stark bare malt whisky. As soon as once more it makes you consider sure plum eau de vies, simply with out the identical assertive fruitiness. However it’s definitely fairly charming inside this very bare profile – makes you consider many equally uncooked outdated Cadenhead AC bottlings. With water: howdy? Appears to flatline a bit of, some carbon paper, ink and moist ferns maybe. Mouth: certainly, petrols, crushed flower stems, chopped parsley, mineral oils, shoe polish and hints of caraway and fennel seed. With water: at its finest right here I’d say, fatter in texture, barley extracts, mineral oils, shoe polish and touches of darjeeling tea. End: medium, barely sizzling and peppery, hints of clay and plasticine too. Extraordinarily austere malt whisky. Feedback: from an period when indy bottling had terrific highs, some excessive lows and fairly plenty of this sort of factor which most likely ought to as an alternative have been tipped into a mix. Completely superb in case you like them this uncooked, petrolic and austere, however in any other case utterly unessential.

SGP: 351 – 77 factors.



Robust session right this moment! However I nonetheless love Aberlour.









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