Aberlour 16 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
The bouquet is austere and leathery with curious aromas of beeswax, vegetable oil and oaky resin. Palate entry is focused on the resin; midpalate is splendidly multilayered and offers elements of black pepper, dried orange blossom, honeysuckle, dried fruit, sage, fennel and confections. Aftertaste is deep and unabashedly sweet and honeyed.
More subtle and complex than the new 12 year old, and not as sweet. Creamy in texture and floral on the nose, with dried vanilla, gentle spice, nectarine, kiwi, plum, and lemon gum drops. Soft, elegant finish with a hint of mint. Great balance of a variety of flavors and lots of finesse. A well-crafted whisky! (JH, Summer 2008)
At age 16, the Aberlour seems to possesses maturity that may appeal to a broad spectrum of whisky fans. An aroma as fresh as fresh-baked apple pie isn't come by easily in whisky; the blend of "traditional" and sherry casks helps--but the vibrant fruitiness of the Aberlour 16 is a phenomenon that demands to be experienced directly.