Aberlour 15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery Aberlour
  • Age 15 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • oak
  • sherry bomb
  • spicy
  • woody
  • vanilla
  • lingering sweet
  • cake
  • dry
  • chestnut

Aberlour

15 Year Old Select Cask Reserve (0.7l, 43%)

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Character Goatson
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 is better to make from water than Scotch 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.
 
The “regular” Aberlour 15YO Whisky is relatively easy to find … but that not what we are talking about here. Hey, all Aberlours are really good. They’re aged in a combination of ex-Boubon and Sherry casks and filled with all of the glorious Speyside sing-malt loveliness one would expect. But this is Aberlour 15 YO Select Cask Reserve, so there is a difference, and it’s a classic lesson in economics. 
 
You see, this product was originally made for the French market where they love great Whisky, but they want a thicker body and more luscious mouth feel. In other words, they like the good stuff and are unwilling to compromise when there is a lot of great alternative Cognac all over the place. So Aberlour selects the best of the 15YO lot each year for the Select Cask Reserve so that they can sell more successfully in that market. All that makes Aberlour 15YO Select Cask Reserve EXACTLY our kind of dram—and hard to get in the wild—so grab a few bottles before those greedy continentals wise up and take it all back for themselves. 

SmartAss Corner
The Aberlour labels proudly claim that they were founded in 1879. But a distillery of the same name has been located on the same site there since 1826. The official company “legend” and “story” go all the way back to the Druids for goodness sake, but skip the distillery’s 18th century history and pick it up again in the 1900s, adding a bit of mystery, don’t you think? I suspect a bit of distasteful legal wrangling.
 
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery Aberlour
  • Age 15 Year Old
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 43%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Medium amber  
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Spice cake with cream-cheese frosting
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Full-bodied, vanilla caramels and oak
 
Finish 
Smooth with understated spice and a hint of lingering sweet
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  • oak
  • sherry bomb
  • spicy
  • woody
  • vanilla
  • lingering sweet
  • cake
  • dry
  • chestnut
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
First-class Whiskies are 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, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
First-class Whiskies are 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, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
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