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January 6, 2020


Time Warp

Time Warp Sessions,
today Aberlour 24-25

First a new little indie – indie Aberlours are not very common – then an old OB. Old OBs could be just terrific!

Aberlour 24 yo 1995/2019 (61.3%, Liquid Treasures, eSpirit for 10 years dailydram, bourbon hogshead, 139 bottles)

Aberlour 24 yo 1995/2019 (61.3%, Liquid Treasures, eSpirit for 10 years dailydram, bourbon hogshead, 139 bottles) Four stars
Most indie Aberlours are un-sherried, which makes them even more interesting. Indeed Aberlour used to be a fruit bomb, and probably still is. Colour: light gold. Nose: rather brutal, and mainly on mirabelle and damson eaux-de-vies, which is rather normal at 60+%. Well, perhaps not after 24 years in wood. Some fresh almonds too, a yeasty touch, porridge… Well, it’s a pretty fresh old one so far. With water: bread and brioche with candied fruits, or Genoese cake, plus touches of liquorice wood, all that with good balance and freshness. Good barleyness, but it does not quite feel ‘24’. Mouth (neat): kirsch, panettone, and more kirsch that comes with its usual wee almondy notes. With water: totally typical un-sherried Aberlour, as they used to have within their ‘fill-your-own’ program at the distillery. I suppose they still do that. Melon jam, pears, cherries, apples… Still rather eau-de-vie-y. Finish: long and, as usual, more citrusy. Lemons and grapefruits coming out, rather candied angelica in the aftertaste. Comments: the cask was probably a little lazy, but the spirit is very good. Oh, this at 80 years of age! (joking).
SGP:641 - 86 points.

Aberlour 25 yo 1964/1989 (43%, OB, 75cl)

Aberlour 25 yo 1964/1989 (43%, OB, 75cl) Five stars
There once was a very good cube-shaped 1964 that was only 8 yo, but I believe this 25 yo has got an even higher reputation. Colour: deep gold. Nose: starts a little steely, but that may be OBE in action, and gets then pretty leafy and dry, you would almost believe you’re nosing some old amontillado. That would involve the usual walnuts, some tobacco, a wee yeasty/umami-y side, and then many many earthy and mossy aromas, moss as such, wee mushrooms, Cuban cigars, artisanal chocolate, some kind of mentholated miso or something, truffled mashed potatoes… It is a fantastic nose, rather reminiscent of early Macallan 18s, just drier (1960-1970s vintages). Excuse me, but wow! We might have to call the Anti-Maltoporn Brigade, let’s have their number ready…  Mouth: bingo, please call them. Stunning mead and tobacco, chestnut honey, amontillado again, walnuts aplenty, old Sauternes that’s digested its sugars, touches of salt and smoke (old Mac indeed), miso soup, beef soup, citrons… The saltines is really impressive. Did you call them yet? Finish: long, superb, dry, on walnuts, chestnut honey, tobacco and miso. Only the aftertaste is a notch weaker, probably because of the rather low strength. Comments: old school Scotch malt whisky from the legendary years of Scotch malt whisky. Wonderfully complex, dry and tertiary.
SGP:362 - 92 points.

(Merci François !)

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