Aberlour 12YO Double Cask Whisky
- Single Malt
- Scotland, 700ml
This 12 year-old expression is a fine example of how the distinctively crisp, citrus character of Aberlour’s new distillate is deftly softened by double cask maturation. Traditional Oak and seasoned Sherry butts are both used to great effect, as the mellowed spirits within are combined to deliver a subtly balanced flavour
- Distillery: Aberlour - Chivas Brothers
- Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Region: Speyside, Scotland
- Alcohol: 40%
- Volume: 700ml
- Goes with: Neat or over ice
All Aberlour single malts are made with the best local ingredients of barley and soft water from nearby mountain, Ben Rinnes. The Aberlour expertly crafted new spirit is usually matured for a minimum of 12 years both in the finest hand-picked Oloroso Sherry butts and American Oak barrels. It’s this double cask maturation which subtly brings together the characteristics of each cask to create a truly rich and rewardingly complex range of single malts.
Aberlour (pronounced ‘Ab-er-LAU-errr’) sits at the base of the rugged mountain range, Ben Rinnes. Nestled in the village of the same name, the distillery was founded by Peter Weir and James Gordon in 1826, though Peter was to pull out a year later. The village lies on the Lour Burn, which converges with the River Spey just 270 metres from the distillery. The 6th century Celtic saint St Drostan, baptised local chiefs in the distillery’s water source.
Owned by Chivas Brothers, a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard, Aberlour is the seventh bestselling Scotch single malt. The distillery was rebuilt twice due to devastating fire damage; the first rebuild took place in 1879 and was financed by James Fleming, a local banker who relocated it upstream. It was rebuilt again in 1898 and was redesigned by the architect Charles Doig. The core expression, a ten year-old, is a marriage of sherry and bourbon butt and, in 2003, it won the trophy for best single malt at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Aberlour opened up the doors to its brand new visitor centre in August of 2002, with tours tailored for whisky aficionados rather than hoards of tourists.
2008 was the first time that the 18 year old was introduced outside of France, while 2013 and 2014 saw the release of 2001 White Oak and White Oak Millenium 2004, respectively. Another sherried Aberlour expression made an appearance in 2018, in the form of Casg Annamh, a no age statement single malt.
- Gold - 2018 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Speyside Single Malts up to 12YO
- Gold - 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Speyside Scotch Single Malt
- Gold - 2015 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Speyside Single Malts up to 12YO
- Gold - 2014 International Spirits Challenge - Distillers' Single Malts 12YO & under
- Silver - 2014 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Speyside Single Malts up to 12YO
- Silver Outstanding - 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Speyside Scotch
- Single Malt Silver - 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Speyside Scotch Single Malt
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