Sunday, April 18, 2010

Aberlour 10 yr old

Aberlour 10 yr old single malt just happened to pop into my hands over the counter of Jan's fine wines in Hillcrest the other day. I owed Bevin a single malt for not completing my drawing assignment and low n behold - we nearly knocked the buggar off [the scotch, bot Bevin] between several of us over a convivial evening of chitchat around an autumnal fire on Wee Bevvy's glorious leather lounge suite.   [draws breath...]
The most interesting thing for me was to discover that it is a Speyside whisky. Apparently that means it's more about Speyside distilleries here
I enjoyed the drop without being blown away, but then, I'm no connoiseur.  My tendency towards the peaty Islay style renders many of my descriptions moot but others have also tried the golden nectar and said things such as:

Notes... [from the Aberlour website]
"A classic Speyside single malt, matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. Welcoming, vibrant and rewarding.

David Boyd - Aberlour Chief Blender
Malt, spice, mint toffee, autumn fruits, apples, pears, plums, hint of peat, custard, sherry, nuts, buttery.

Custard!? What on Earth are these people on? 
I wish I could smell properly. 
Well I must have enjoyed it because I certainly tucked in and we left the other whisky untouched.  I liked that it wasn't sweet and syrupy like some other, lesser single malts of the slightly more common variety. 

Decision - Aberlour was worth revisiting, perhaps an older one next time to really be spoiled.