Scotch Ratings

Scotch ratings, reviews and tasting notes by two average joes

Region – Speyside

Eye – Pretty dark caramel, almost coppery

Nose – The first draft of Aberlour 16 smells like breakfast, there’s a something that made me think about waffles. Then it became fruity and floral with some sweet fruits and lightly buttery aroomas. In the end I could smell a little greenery or herbs and a little caramel (cooked or roasted sugar)

Taste – This scotch is rounded and smooth to the palate. First impression is lightly spicy, with aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon and a very nice caramel feel. The finish is buttery, long and warm with a slight touch of nuts.

Remarks – From the scotches I’ve tasted and rated (check my other reviews), there wasn’t that many “old” ones and I was expecting a lot from that one. Having tasted the 12 y/o a long time ago, I had good memories of the Aberlour distillery and it was dead on. Really good one and I’d be looking to keep one in my cabinet.

Rating: 91


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Written on February 9th, 2012 , Scotch ratings Tags: , , , , ,
    RushMan commented

    I totally agree with your review. BEAUTIFUL NOSE…I love Speysides and Scotch on the sweet side (Balveine Caribbean Cask, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, etc.). What a creamy, buttery and smooth Scotch.

    February 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm
      Djoph commented

      Hi Rushman,

      Thanks for you comment and sorry for having taken so long to reply, life got a bit in the way of blogging. I totally agree with you for the Quinta Ruban, but I’ve never tasted the Balvenie Carribean Cask. If you are looking for more buttery, creamy goodness, give a shot at the Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or, it tastes like a french bakery in the morning!

      September 10, 2015 at 9:58 am
    Chris commented

    Was given to me as a gift for helping a client procure the house he wanted. Wasn’t expecting much. Was i wrong. I would not classify myself as a scotch expert, but i know what i like and i like this scotch. Normally smooth scotch is also a rather bland scotch. When it picks up too much of a peaty flavor i put it down. I love McCallan but gave away a bottle of single Vat. This is probably the best best scotch that i have ever had. I hate to throw around terms like complex flavors or unique aroma, But it has something special. I am not in the habit of paying 75 dollars a bottle for scotch but i will for this one.

    June 29, 2015 at 9:11 am
      Djoph commented

      Hi Chris,

      Lucky you! I have great memories of the Aberlour 16 and 75$ id pretty cheap in my opinion. Here in Canada, it’s over a 100$ so I think twice about investing that amount in a bottle.

      September 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

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