Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask Scotch is very approachable for the new single malt drinker.
The use of Sherry casks has its roots in the Victorian era when Sherry was imported in casks directly into Britain. Once the casks were emptied they served no evident purpose until Scottish distillers purchased them to be used for whisky maturation. After several years, the Master Distillers discovered that these casks gave the whisky a ruby gold color and a particularly rich flavor. As these rare Sherry casks are scarce, Douglas Cruickshank, the Master Distiller of Aberlour, personally visits Spain each year to select special casks that have been seasoned in the bodega. Traditional oak casks have already been used for maturation of Scotch whisky. They encourage the subtle character of the whisky to develop and after long years of maturation the original style and personality of the spirit is perfectly showcased.
From the bottle's case.
Medium amber color. Fairly intense aromas of smoke, turpentine, and oranges. Mellow, honeyed sweetness at first on the palate, then smooth oak, some spice, and dried fruit notes. A dose of acidity and warm heat lead to a 20 second or so finish. An accessible, fruity style. Tasted 1/21/2008.
|Retail Price||$36 / 750 ml|