No better way to spend the weekend than by attending a beautiful wedding in Newport, RI and tasting a whisky I had not tasted before. On Saturday my boyfriend and I attended the wedding of his former roommate. Although it was their special day, the bride was kind enough to give my boyfriend a bottle of Aberlour 18 from her trip to England. Although the gift was not for me, I just couldn’t hide the excitement and think I enjoyed it more than my boyfriend.
My first experience with Aberlour was with their A’Bunadh Cask Strength and I absolutely loved it, http://wp.me/p3Zt2k-3Q. No surprise that I too loved this 18 year-old.
Aberlour was initially established in 1826 by Peter Weir and James Gordon. Unfortunately this distillery was affected by two fires. When the first fire happened, it was James Fleming who rebuilt it in 1879 and it was rebuilt again in 1898 after the second fire to the distillery.
Like the A’Bunadh Cask Strength this 18 year-old is also double cask. If you read my A’Bunadh Cask Strength then you’ll know that in Arbelour’s instance, this means they mature their product in bourbon casks and Oloroso Sherry wood. After properly being matured, the whiskies are married together creating a harmonious blend of the two casks.
Nose: toffee, honey and oranges
Palate: Oak, honey and apricots
Finish: silky, smooth and perfectly balanced.
This whisky is a must try! There are hints of sweetness but not to the point of it being overwhelming. There is a nice subtle burn in the end for the perfect finish. I would recommend this to whisky drinkers and non whisky drinkers that are getting their start on tastings. If you are looking to buy, the prices I saw ranged around $90-$100. If you ask me, this price is a steal for a wonderful whisky.
This whisky truly surprised and wowed me. There is something quite magical about it which was fitting for the special occasion we were attending. The tasting experience is unforgettable and it’s a whisky you can’t get enough off. I am glad I had a chance to experience the taste and if you’ve had it before, I’d love to get your thoughts.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.