Malt of the Month: May 2015
We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:
Aberlour 1990 22 Years OldDistilled 13.11.1990 Bottled 29.10.2013 Hogshead #131571 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Please wait Web Exclusive Price
Aberlour is so well known for its heavily sherried drams that bottlings like this often get missed, which is a crying shame. More elegant than the distillery's own releases, this shows off the fresh and fruity side of Aberlour's spirit, so often hidden underneath layers of sherry and dried fruit.
For those of you who like the weightier side of Aberlour, don't worry – this isn't all that delicate. The distillery's spirit has a weighty character that comes through, adding a rich background for the lighter cask influence to dance on top of. A well-balanced and tasty dram, that shows Aberlour isn't all about the sherry.
Tasting Notes by Billy Abbott
- Nose: Quite light, with hay and milled grain joined by poached green apple, slightly sweetened cream and freshly cut grass. As it sits in the glass the grassy notes come to dominate, suggesting summer meadows.
- Palate: Very 'green', with lots of grass, new ferns and evergreen leaves. Quite hot at full strength, with underlying aniseed-ball sweetness and spice. Water reveals a gentle sweetness, with light toffee notes, but does not remove all of the spice, leaving a cinnamon tingle.
- Finish: A warming spiciness with digestive biscuits, sappy pine, sharp apple and a touch of dark chocolate.
- Comment: Quite different to your 'normal' Aberlour, focusing on fresher fruity flavours, rather than the distillery bottlings' trademark rich, dried fruit. It works just as well, with weightiness from the spirit balanced by lighter and more delicate character from the cask.
Tasting Notes by Stuart Peskett
- Nose: Very light and clean, with notes of straw/hay, zingy lemon and grapefruit and heather, with a little cherry menthol lurking in the background.
- Palate: Fresh! Punchy lemon zest accompanied by delicate honeyed fruit, sugared almonds, sweet pastry and cinnamon sweets.
- Finish: Light and aromatic, with a clean streak of citrus-tinged acidity holding sway.
- Comment: Perfect for the time of year, this is fresh, clean and aromatic. Very un-Aberlour like…
The first distillery by the name of Aberlour appeared in the village of the same name in 1826. Unfortunately it burned down in 1879 and a new distillery was built upstream. This was also destroyed in a fire, and in 1898 Charles Doig, celebrated architect and inventor of the pagoda roof, was hired to design a new distillery, which is still standing today.
Now part of the Chivas Brothers portfolio, Aberlour is the biggest-selling single malt whisky in France. While their regular range is popular with French whisky fans, it is their cask-strength, small-batch A'Bunadh that has launched them into the general market around the world. A big and in-your-face, sherry-matured dram, it has turned heads and introduced the distillery to the masses.