Aberlour 11 Year Old "Hart Brothers Finest Collection" K&L Exclusive Cask Strength First Fill Sherry Butt Unchillfiltered Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) (Previously $100)

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A rare independently bottled Aberlour, made that much more unusual by its maturation in a first fill sherry butt. The Aberlour distillery sits on the edge of its namesake, a gorgeous little hamlet right at the center of the Speyside region. The distillery seems tiny from the outside, but the malt here packs a punch. Founded in 1879 by James Fleming, it's become a pillar of the Chivas family in the last two decades since the French spirits giant Pernod Ricard purchased the distillery. Outfitted with 4 stills in the early 70s, it can produce nearly 4 million pure liters of alcohol per year running full out. Apparently, that's simply not enough as the increased popularity of this special malt has seen stocks dwindle and prices soar. Their own heavily sherried cask strength offering, albeit higher proof and likely significantly younger, is selling for upwards of $110 in the market today. We felt pretty confident that this single cask sherry version for less than $100 represents an exceptional value. Hart Brothers has consistently afforded us access to exceptionally high quality and rare stocks at reasonable prices and this year's batch is no exception. This Aberlour will likely be a favorite of the 2023 whisky season.

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2023 | Send Email
This is a beautiful cask from Aberlour distillery. The nose is very interesting with bees wax and sherry notes. In the mouth ,it is elegant and balanced, with subtle dried fruit flavors from the sherry aging. With the addition of a little water, the nose is still very nice but is more expressive. In the mouth, the water seems to make this single malt more rich and juicy.

By: Michael Pires | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2023 | Send Email
A great option for those that are looking for a fantastic sherry-forward whisky. The sherry is well integrated and gives the whisky more complexity rather than dominating. Flavor profile includes dried orange peels, lightly toasted barley, almond, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and nutmeg. Delicious and unique... this will go fast!

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2023 | Send Email
Just a couple months shy of its 12th birthday, this single cask of Aberlour comes from a proper sherry butt, delivering the classic Aberlour profile that so many have come to love. While the opportunity to snag first fill sherry butt is rare for any malt, to do so for a big name and sherry dominate house like Aberlour happens so infrequently at affordable prices that we had to double check our math before committing to this excellent deal. By no means a dark sherry bomb like the famous A'bunadh bottling, this is instead a sherry high wire act - perfect for those that crave balanced flavors and flawless execution. No distillery gets as big a following as Aberlour without making exceptional malt - and that malt forward sweetness is on full display here. Sitting well above the rim of the glass you're inundated with ripe orchard fruits and amber waves of grain. Each of those components is heightened by the sherry cask rather than dominated by it. The easy going nuttiness, citrus peel, and honeyed fruits provided by the cask lend themselves to highlighting the quality of the malt itself, the perfect execution of wood and spirit coming together in harmony. Oxidized vanilla underpins the fruit and barley, tying the two together seamlessly. When you taste it neat, at 52.5% ABV, it lights up your taste buds without searing them and ourpours more stone fruit and a bit of sweet crisp apple. Baking spices abound. A sly mint note offers a little herbal cut to the fruit forward profile providing just enough freshness without being green. With a drop or two of water and a little time the cut of the alcohol is rounded and the mouthfeel gains more weight and texture while the flavors remain intense. In a world marked by excess and over-the-top-ness it's nice to see balance restored by a cask such as this.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2023 | Send Email
This lovely barrel of Aberlour was one that I was really looking forward to. We've never before had a chance to sell Aberlour from a single sherry butt and while this isn't one of those ultra dark ones. That doesn't mean it is lacking in character. OH no, this baby taste damn good, especially if you've got some patience to let her air out. On first nosing, it's very primary and full of rich orchard fruit. But if you let it sit for a while in the glass, the deep undertones sherry and wild complexity start to come forward. Now the nose is sweet almond frosting, seville orange peel, baked pear and candied walnuts. The sherry and malt are very integrated and the whole thing feels very much like a cask strength version of the no longer available 10 year old. On the palate it's juicy and complex with a fudge-y midpalate that balances the very fruity front. Subtle vanilla cream, dried yellow cherries, wild honey and oak spice. It's truly a lovely whisky, that won't scratch the itch for people wanting to be slapped silly with sherry, but for all balance and complexity it will be hard to find a better one than this.

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2023 | Send Email
Those who missed out on our Speymalts from Gordon and Macphail have something of a consolation prize here, but separate from that, this barrel definitely stands on its own merit. This impresses on every level, hitting all the notes I love in a bottle of Aberlour. The nose alone is entirely captivating, boasting meadow flowers and a whole grove of citrus and apples. On the palate, singed orange peel, dark chocolate, biscuity malt and clover honey envelope your taste buds in a tender embrace. The sherry character is perfectly on point, providing just enough flavor without masking or overshadowing the malt. Make no mistake- this is a serious dram for people who want to remember the heights that Scotch used to reach regularly before mass consumption and excessive blending turned everything flat and hollow. I am smitten, and I think a great many people will agree with me.

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