The Aberlour 10-year-old is the entry level expression from the Speyside distillery. In other Aberlour reviews, we have looked at they have been either strongly sherried like the Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 58 or brightly fruity like the Aberlour 12-Year-Old Double Cask Matured .
Both of these expressions were also bottled in a quite modern wide based style of bottle. The Aberlour 10 however is bottled with a much more traditional tall and thin design. Interestingly, while researching this bottle I checked out the Aberlour website and the 10-year-old is not listed. This is the expression which even Aberlour has forgotten about it seems. The other Aberlour bottles have been in their current packaging for quite some time now there cannot be any plans to repackage the 10 anytime soon. Perhaps, the reason is the 10
This is the expression which even Aberlour has forgotten about it seems. The other Aberlour bottles have been in their current packaging for quite some time now so there cannot be any plans to repackage the 10 anytime soon. Perhaps, the reason is the 10 year old is the gateway bottle to get consumers interested in Aberlour via cost sensitive sales channels like supermarkets. It is an Aberlour but its not the core house style of Aberlour rather a conversion malt for the person who normally buys a blend during the weekend shop perhaps?
The Aberlour 10-Year-Old is made from both ex-bourbon casks and ex-sherry casks. This is unlike the 12 and 16 which are finished in sherry casks. The whisky is bottled at 40& ABV and is widely available everywhere. It can generally be found on a supermarket deal somewhere in the UK. For those who can only purchase whisky competitively from large online retailers, a representative price is £26.83 Here
Nose – clawing sweetness of the slightly chemically type you tend to get with blends and some cheaper single malts.
Palate – On the palate, the sweetness retreats a little to show some mellow toffee and caramel notes. Cinnamon spices and malted barley continue the development.
Finish – The finish is fairly short but gives notes of honey and cinnamon sticks.
Imagine you wanted to give a whisky to someone which completely summed up the Speyside whisky style to someone who had never tried whisky. You would need something fairly low strength, with mellow flavours but those flavours would also have to be easily identifiable and closer to sweet than acrid. The Aberlour 10 is perfect in that capacity but equally, that is not a criticism it is well made and enjoyable in its own right.
My initial hypothesis seems to hold up though the flavour profile is totally different to other Aberlour’s I have tried. The cinnamon note especially is far more dominant here than in any other Aberlour’s.