Aberlour 16 Years Old Double Cask
Aberlour's 16 Year Old Double Cask is part of the Speyside distillery's core product range and has remained relatively unchanged for several years with one notable exception; the alcohol content. Past bottlings available on LCBO shelves were listed at 43% ABV whereas the current Aberlour Double Cask range has been reduced to 40% ABV.
It's been a while since I've had this one and I thought I'd try it out again to see what, if anything, might have changed in the flavour profile. Like the 12 and 18 year old, this expression was matured in a combination of first-fill Bourbon casks and Sherry butts.
Nose: Inviting aromas of malt, cherries, pink bubblegum, and toffee spiced with nutmeg.
Palate: Light to medium-bodied, the palate bursts with cinnamon, estery cherries and orange zest that almost seem to tilt the dram into a dry "rye-like" fruitness yet it's restrained by a subtle sweetness in the form of buttery toffee and toasted coconut.
Finish: Dry and tannic with dark chocolate and dried fruit notes appearing late into the long, warming, finish.
Overall: A quality dram that offers a lovely balance of fruit and spice. However, I must say that this expression feels drier than my previous tipplings which I recall being richer, almost buttery, with more pronounced toffee notes and less estery and floral tones. Regardless, Aberlour 16 is a very drinkable bottle and would appeal to fans of the "Speyside style" and newcomers to the world of Scotch whisky with it's approachable flavours. Currently widely available in the LCBO and priced at the upper limit of reasonable at $89.95