11 years ago I tasted some 10 Years Old Aberlour and wasn't too impressed. It has matured through well but not all the kinks have been ironed out, especially towards the finish.
21 Years Old
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: A first class aroma of honey and sliced almonds. Very sweet for the age with the oak being surprisingly subdued, perhaps by the delicate sherry/apricot fruitiness.
Palate: Much drier from the start with the oak steaming in. Fills out in mouth well, with an almost metallic hardness to the malt-honey sweetness, softened only by an oily tang.
Finish: Very hard and quite grainy with the malt lengthening out. Perhaps just slightly off key.
Comment: 11 years ago I tasted some 10 Years Old Aberlour and wasn't too impressed. It has matured through well but not all the kinks have been ironed out, especially towards the finish.
Nose: Sherry, oak, polished leather.
Palate: Firm, smooth, lightly creamy. Packed with lively flavours: malt, cookies, fruit, mint.
Finish: Spicy, rooty, dry, very long.
Comment: Great to see this once-reticent distillery releasing some really expressive bottlings.
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