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Tasting notes for Aberlour 21 year old

Distillery bottling
43% a.b.v.

An impressive nose, more integrated than the 10 year old. Nose shows dried oranges as well as sherry. Palate is underpowered, unimpressive at first, developing light bourbon flavors moving to spiced dried orange with some underplayed orange blossom honey sweetness. The finish shows a stronger honey character alongside black tea bags, with a general Christmasy sense. I suggest this bottling with dessert, for instance with a slice of Grand Marnier- or Cointreau-soaked cake; the subtle sweetness will not overpower the dessert. But I have been spoiled by the cask strength Aberlour offerings, and I would recommend the “100” or the “a’bunadh” over this bottling.

Suggested for:
With dessert

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