Preface: We had the pleasure of having Frank the brand ambassador of Aberlour, Glenlivet, Belvenie and Ballantyne’s in town for a guided tasting. This is one of the reviews. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did, as you can see we have some rosey cheeks and huge smiles.
By: Member Chad Nagle
This nicely crafted 10-Year-Old Single Malt by the Aberlour Distillery, which can be found in Strathspey, Scotland (Speyside Region) is what I expect from an Entry Level Single Malt Whisky. It has a simple elegance which is suited to just about every whisky drinkers’ taste. Married in Sherry and Bourbon Casks this would pair well with a Chocolate dessert or with some sharp Cheddar Cheese.
On the Nose: Sweet Honey with Caramel or Toffee aromas, I have a feeling this is going to be a sweet flavour experience……
After the pour, I let this little sweetheart dance around in the glass for a minute or two swirling it to awaken all the flavours.
As I take my first sip the sweetness is very apparent like what my nose was telling me, I get touches of Honey, Caramel and a little bit of spice, maybe nutmeg or pepper.
The finish was short, smooth and didn’t really give me any new surprises, but I wasn’t expecting a Big Grand Finale from this simple Scotch.
Overall: I did enjoy the Aberlour 10 Year, I have somewhat disregarded it on my past shopping experiences since it is always in stock and at an affordable price ($64.95 CDN at the LCBO). This isn’t a bottle I would personally have as my “go-to” but I could confidently recommend it to anyone looking to try an easy to drink Single Malt.
TIP: Try with 2 or 3 drops of water to cut down the sweetness and enhance some of the other features.