Aberlour 12 Year Old

Aberlour 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


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$55.99
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A pleasant burn.

The waters in these parts of Speyside are known not only for their purity but also for their healing powers according to druid priests that lived there in times of the Celts. Later, they used the same water to baptise them into Christianity. So it is no wonder they used nature's best and produced a fantastic product. What better thing to make from water than Whisky!?

True to this legacy and heritage, young James Fleming, a farmer's son who supplied grain to local distilleries had a dream to build a perfect distillery in the 19th century. A daring modernist as he was, he did not let anything differ from his expectations. And his dream of the perfect dram lives to this day, in the Aberlour distillery.

Aberlour 12 Year Old Double Cask is matured in two kinds of casks, in ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon for at least 12 years and then “married” together for a short period before bottling. A heavy, brooding malt that is warming with lashes of Sherry, dark fruits and wood smoke that is not to be trifled with.

Definitely one of the best value Speyside malts around.

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sherry
smoky
sweet
spicy
caramel
honey
fruit cake
toasted oak
cinnamon
What does Aberlour 12 Year Old taste like?

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First-class Whisky is taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Golden amber

Smell / Nose / Aroma
Soft and tender, with notes of fruit and honey

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Chocolate, caramel, honey, with the spicy-sherried wood notes to accompany the flavors

Finish
Smoky with Sherry flavors soon to be gone, but the sweetness lingers on
Ratings & Reviews
guest
guest,
Good nose Bad palate Not complex Short finish
 
Vera
Vera,
Smooth
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth a great scotch
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Smooth, great for first time drinker and the seasoned veteran
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Smooth and mild
 
Chad
Chad,
Sweet smoke, caramel
 
Jordan
Jordan,
my favorite scotch. very smooth, good price. great for daily drinkers
 
Leanna
Leanna,
It's good enough, but a bit light. Needs some more fullness and complexity compared to what I was expecting. Maybe a good introduction
 
Jim
Jim,
Very smooth. A good one to use to introduce people who aren't scotch drinkers.
 
Lynn
Lynn,
This is by far my favorite Scotch to drink. I don't even like to share my rare bottle that I have in my collection. When my father passed away I found a bottle of it in his place and felt so sad that he didn't get to experience it but we have a taste every year on his birthday. I am traveling to Scotland this fall and have planned a trip to the distillery and will for sure be purchasing while there. Enjoy!
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
So smooth
 
Luc
Luc,
My favorite whisky so far..a 12 year as smooth as an 18.
Jordan
Jordan,
I 100% agree
Matejka
Matejka,
The reason for me to be here. Very good balanced Whisky. Nearly perfect in every aspect.
 
Liz
Liz,
Smells like green apple and tastes almost like a dry wine to me. Interesting smell and flavor combination.
 
Jim
Jim,
Nice, straightforward whiskey. Notes of fruit and honey with a hint of peat.
 
Richard
Richard,
Too thin on taste, doesn’t linger at all
 
Randy
Randy,
This was one of my early experiences of getting into slightly pricier Scotch, and it is currently still my favorite. I drink it with basically a 1:1 ratio of Scotch-to-water, no ice. Nice earthy initial taste, with a light finish of caramel & honey.
 
Michael
Michael,
Everyday favorite for its smooth complexity and price point
 
John
John,
Only had it on ice, but still had a decent bite. Will have to retry if
 
LANCE
LANCE,
My Favorite of the evening of tasting that we conducted! Very smooth with hint of spice. It was a perfect selection to end the evening on!
 
Rory
Rory,
my favorite of them all.... a bit sweet but not too... complex, each sip changes flavor. very, very smooth
 
Robert
Robert,
I was impressed with this Scotch. Very smooth, nice flavor. Will definitely buy again.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Really smooth! Extremely happy with this selection!!!
 
Rick
Rick,
Absolutely one of my favorite whiskeys. Rich with chocolate and notes of toffee
 
CJ
CJ,
Great daily drinker, not as smooth a finish as the 16 yr but still very flavorful.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Sherry cask
 
Charles
Charles,
Smooth, Bold, little smoke but not over bearing. Sweet on the finish!
 
arne
arne,
That’s how J like my scotch. not too smoky or peaty, just a hint of fruit without being too sweet.
 
Rick
Rick,
My favorite, go-to Scotch. It's bold, yet smooth, with notes of caramel/toffee. Not much smoke and no peat. A great everyday sipper.
 
Charles
Charles,
Smooth! Great drink with a single rock or not. Sweet and very smooth, after taste is of fruit. over great drink!
 
Cole
Cole,
Very good, reminded me of vanilla cream.
 
Michael
Michael,
Good value scotch
 
Ian
Ian,
My favorite scotch (so far), it's a lovely sweet and smooth scotch with hints of caramel
 
scott
scott,
It's a good Scotch but not great. For the money I would lean toward Glenfiddich, Glenlivet 12 for a smooth, affordable Speyside.
 
Michael
Michael,
Beautiful scotch with hints of oak in the nose, as well as caramel, vanilla, and honey. Ultra smooth, with a wonderful taste of Christmas cake, and a nice chocolate finish (with some slight spice). This scotch will not disappoint. This will be a steady part of my cabinet.
 
Alyssa
Alyssa,
This scotch has a delicious flavor overall. The distinct sherry flavor with hints of spices is fantastic followed by a sweet caramel finish. Simply delicious.
 
Michael
Michael,
Very smooth !
 
guest
guest,
Absolutely amazing! Very smooth not very smoky has a nice caramel foward flavor with a nice spice on the end.
 
Will
Will,
Delicious!!
 
Kris
Kris,
Smooth and decent for entry level Aberlour > Macallan
 
Ben
Ben,
Nose: Fresh berries, Carmel, fudge, Christmas cake, cola, damp grasses. Taste: sharp, warm, Christmas cake, dried fruits, sweet,.
 
Michael
Michael,
Beautifully smooth. The sherry casks add a warm color and smooths the flavor on the tongue.
 
Michael
Michael,
Love it. Best Scotch for the money!
 
Nate
Nate,
Sweet delicious addicting nectar of the gods. This scotch is one of my favorites due to how well balanced it is and the price point is beyond reasonable.
 
Bradley
Bradley,
Bit too sweet for me but goes down smooth
 
Ro
Ro,
Perfect entry level scotch. Quintessential flavor and tastes without being too bold in any area.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Very sweet and tasted no smoke. Definitely expected more but not bad for a beginner scotch...
 
Greg
Greg,
It's probably just a tad too smokey to be a yo-yo, daily driver, but it's really good. The nose is deceptive on this one so it's fun for my learning curve. Definitely enjoying it and would recommend!
 
Holly
Holly,
Love this - probably my new favorite
 
Nate
Nate,
Loved it. Incredibly sweet with a lasting finish. The only thing I dislike about it, I'll be finishing the bottle far too soon.
 
Jason
Jason,
This is a very smooth scotch. Flaviar hit the nail on the head with the tasting notes. I'd say it's carries the bold flavors of a 15yr like Glennfiddich but with out the deepness. I'd bet a more mature cask would yield an excellent pour!
 
Piotr
Piotr,
My favorite one in this price range. Beautiful fruity smell, nice and delicate taste and a little oak finish with a touch of cloves.
 
Steven
Steven,
Smells of Chocolate and honey, taste is very good. Sweet and warm with good finish.
 
Justin
Justin,
Best 12 y/o I've ever had. Very impressed with this one! You would think its no younger than 15 y/o when you taste it.
 
Alan
Alan,
Smooth smokey taste and great palate. My all time favorite for now.
 
Ats
Ats,
Absolutely brilliant for a nice night in - smooth and sweet, pairs well with a light cigar. Sweet sherry nose above all, followed by somewhat more bitter dried plum and slightly burnt sugar. Taste is warm and sweet, sherry notes taking over (not in a bad way), a subtle flowery note kicks in along with some raisins and fruit (pomelo sprung into my head), leading through to the very nice finish of caramel and honey. I imagine this would be perfect on a snowy winter night in front of a fire place in a cabin, where the go-to for most would be mulled wine. Take the Aberlour 12 instead.
 
RAHSHEEN
RAHSHEEN,
Smooth taste and perfect for beginner whisky drinkers. Not too strong of a finish and a beautiful color and opening taste. Sweet and citrus.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Enjoyed the flavor from start to finish.
 
Mark
Mark,
Very smooth finish
 
Tom
Tom,
Extremely smooth and very sweet, which I’m into. Very easy to drink, my new go to scotch at this price
 
guest
guest,
Aromas of sherry, fruit flavored hard candies, dried fruit, caramel, honey, Flavors of powdered sugar, spicy oak For some reason very nostalgic: it’s a round rose-gold experience with brightness and memories of hard candies and 4th grade.
 
Leo
Leo,
A tad too sweet for my taste
 
Kelly
Kelly,
This is my go-to Scotch. Sweet on the mouth with hints of raisin and a warm smooth finish. A taste of this after a day walking in the Scottish rain (or any Scotland-esque rain) and you'll have found your soulmate.
 
Nick
Nick,
So smooth whilst still packing a punch after two or three. This is my go to Whisky for a night out drinking, pairing this with a good blond beer is perfect
 
Adam
Adam,
Nice and mellow. I wouldn’t know it was a scotch just by taste.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Smooth, full of flavor great value
 
Daniel
Daniel,
This is very smooth and has a great vanilla flavor.
 
guest
guest,
Super tasty!
 
Mike
Mike,
Scotch that is smooth. The taste is easy to identify and calming. Over Rocks it is even better.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Burns. Not like I like my ladies.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
To me this is what Scotch should be. Pairs great with just about any premium cigar I have in my humidor. Just has a smooth nose, taste, and finish.
 
Mike
Mike,
Just picked this up the other night, much rounder and softer then its bigger brother, the 16, but still a fine dram to relax with. Calming and uplifting, it washes the day away, but leaves you ready for the night.
 
Paul
Paul,
I actually like this 12 year better than some of the other Aberlour. Lovely over rocks.
 
Corrado
Corrado,
Smokey but not smokey enough. Heavy alcohol taste. A sweet finish. it's ok.
 
eric
eric,
Like it
 
Mariano
Mariano,
Tasteful. Excellent choice for the price.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Aberlour was all it was supposed to be. It was very smooth for a Scotch and the smoke finish was nearly perfect for me. I'm introducing it to my bourbon and single-malt friends. Please keep it in stock!
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Good
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth, good burn
 
James
James,
I enjoyed this bottle, but If I was to buy Aberlour again I would buy the 16. The 12 tasted like an immature version of it's older relative the 16.
 
guest
guest,
One of my regular pours! Spicy with hints of dried fruit.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Smoke is noticeable in the smell. Very smooth to drink with caramel very present Slight smokey flavor. Nice burn going down. Very pleasant taste. Vey enjoyable
 
Sean
Sean,
A nice smooth whiskey.
 
Charles
Charles,
Good easy drinking
 
James
James,
Great whiskey. Love the flavor
 
Larry
Larry,
Very smooth, with a hit of peat smoke flavor and really nice floral
 
Sean
Sean,
Very nice
 
David
David,
Sweet and floral on the nose. Less sweet and somewhat of an earthy flavor on the palette. I was waiting for something to excite me but it never came about. I might order it at a bar but I wouldn't own a bottle.
 
Russell
Russell,
Love how smooth and flavorful it is
 
guest
guest,
Smooth and sweet. Fairly light and does not coat the tongue as much as other scotches I've had. Honey flavors.
 
Pierce
Pierce,
Smooth but fiery, with a little smoke and none of the caramel notes you sometimes get in a highland. Nevertheless, a good everyday scotch.
 
guest
guest,
Nice whisky.
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth....
 
Michael
Michael,
Smoke and butter flavor with a mild aftermath of flavors.
 
guest
guest,
Smokey taste with rich aftertaste.
 
Virgil
Virgil,
Picked up a bottle yesterday and tried it. Bursting with flavor and the smokey overtones. Impressive!
 
guest
guest,
Great finish and smoke flavor throughout. Hints of spice and Carmel with a superb body that catches your attention. One fine Speyside Scotch.
 
Robbie
Robbie,
When it comes to a Scotch to introduce people to this is my first choice.
 
Charles
Charles,
The balanced flavor of Carmel, smooth, no excessive burn, semi- sweet.
 
Corey
Corey,
Classic Speyside. Always a nice whisky
 
Phillip
Phillip,
Loved this scotch. Smooth all the way through.
 
Rick
Rick,
Bee nice and smooth sherry. For the price, can't beat it...
 
guest
guest,
Great stuff!
 
guest
guest,
Mild, rund, aber wenig Tiefgang und etwas scharf im Abgang
 
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