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December 19, 2018


Aberlour, two of them

Love Aberlour. Lovely distillery, lovely whiskies. It’s big in France, which is fully deserved. Here are two new ones…

Aberlour ‘Casg Annamh’ (48%, OB, 2018)

Aberlour ‘Casg Annamh’ (48%, OB, 2018) Four stars
Sure the name sounds a little stupid (aren’t they being almost as creative as Bunnahabhain in that respect?), but that does not obligatorily mean the whisky’s poor. Plus, the price is rather fair (approx. 45€) so they’re not trying to suggest that this is the Koh-I-Noor of whisky. Colour: gold. Nose: typical Aberlour, really. Nuts, Mars bars, rose petals, milk chocolate, butterscotch, roasted raisins, walnut cake, Ovaltine and morello cherries. Mouth: chocolate and malt cake, more Ovaltine, raisin cake, Christmas cake, more walnuts and Mars bars, toffee, cinnamon rolls… Finish: rather long, and clearly on panettone. A wee drop of mulled wine too, and even more Ovaltine mixed with orange liqueur in the aftertaste. Comments: Aberlour are very good at making this very style of malt whisky. Another fine example - despite the lack of age statement (and the funny name). Nothing against Gaelic, of course, but it’s all becoming a little tiring, is it not.
SGP:551 - 85 points.

Aberlour 13 yo (57.7%, OB for The Whisky Lodge, 1st fill sherry, cask #79212, 618 bottles)

Aberlour 13 yo (57.7%, OB for The Whisky Lodge, 1st fill sherry, cask #79212, 618 bottles) Four stars and a half
The Whisky Lodge in Lyon/Lyons are one of the oldest whisky houses in France. They’re very knowledgeable people, don’t miss their shop next time you’re in the capital of the Gauls! Colour: amber. Nose: it’s a rather earthy one, ridden with old and fresh walnuts, crushed mustard seeds, old books, old furniture polish, then bone-dry Madeira and pipe tobacco. It’s almost musty, in a good way. With water: very oloroso-y, and rather more on moss, fern, mushrooms, tobacco, more walnuts… Mouth (neat): rich and spicy. This is almost Christstollen! A lot of cloves, cinnamon, caraway, raisins, candied orange zests, liquorice and tobacco. Some cardamom too. With water: sweeter, rounder, more orange-y, so easier, but the spices are still there. Oranges and cloves, a classic duo. Finish: long, rather more on crude raw chocolate. The usual spicy walnut cake in the aftertaste. Comments: the Whisky Lodge were having a bourbon version not so long ago that I enjoyed even more, but this is excellent too. Full classic Aberlourness.
SGP:461 - 88 points.

(Merci Fabien)

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