24 Days of Christmas: Day 13; Double Cask Pleasure
Whisky: Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask
Aberlour 12 Year old Double Cask Matured
Last night I decided to crack open yet another sample from my whisky
calender from Master of Malt, I was feeling nostalgic so I decided to
crack open Aberlour 12 year old Double Cask Matured.
Aberlour 10 year old was one of the very first
single malts that I ever tried and considering
how much I love Aberlour
Abunadh, you pretty much pick the batch, I was quite pleased to see a
sample in my calender, especially of one I hadn't tried before.
Now the Aberlour Double Cask Matured is just what
it sounds, a whisky that has been matured in two different casks. In
this case traditional oak barrels and sherry barrels. And you can
definitely pick up hints of the traditional oak barrels on this lovely
I enjoyed this whisky over a lovely 90 minute
period while I sat down and ate dinner with my wife, watching the new
crime mystery show, Elementary.
An interesting little nose on this Speyside as the aromas waft out of the glencairn as I sit here.
You can immediately smell the sherry casks
influence on this whisky with aromas of sultanas and raisins, vanilla
coming off it, but there's more, as time goes on more and more the
traditional oak barrels have their say, with amusingly enough toasted
oak, then cinnamon, apples, hints of smoke and after about an hour or
so, maple syrup all coming off the nose.
When I take a sip it is immediately clear once
again that the sherry casks have had their say, with sultanas coming
through clear as day, then the oak speaks up once more as the whisky
slowly goes more sweet and spicy with cinnamon, honey and vanilla all
coming out. At the very end of the dram, after about an hour or so,
floral notes enter into the palate, but never overpoweringly so.
A Soft fruity finish with apricots, grapes, oak and vanilla finish off the whisky and making for an enjoyable dram.
Sadly I haven't found this whisky for sell here in
Perth, however I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find it running at
around $80 or so AUS which isn't a bad price to pay for this whisky, as I
said it was quite enjoyable and something I'd be happy to try again.