The first scotch whiskey of the year is a solid one. And a happy accident on my part as the purchase price was mixed up at the store and I had low blood sugar so…
$67 plus tax at Greens Package store on Ponce. 40% ABV.
Aberlour 16 year Double Matured Highland Single Malt
Aged in both sherry and oak casks brings a uniqueness not unheard of in Scotland to this whiskey. The two types of casks are filled and held to age for at least sixteen years before being married.
The flavor profile of this scotch is as follows:
Definite vanilla wit hints of smoke and spice follow up a medium sweet finish with very little burn. That may be cinnamon. This is definitely a sipping scotch
This would pair well with a rosado or something from Don Pepin Garcia. Maybe even the new blends by La Rosa de San Diego. I have had a few of their robustos and found them quite enjoyable. The sweetness from the whiskey would balance out the pepper bomb that is Pepin, but there are a number of other fine cigars out there which would pair stellarly with Aberlour.
I began drinking scotch recently after a (forced) hiatus due to cost. When I popped into my local package store, I thought it was time to make the switch back to the first brown spirit I truly fell in love with.
$40 later, I’d picked up Glen Moray 12 year Speyside.
Let’s start with the basics. After peeling the foil from the bottle, I pulled the cork and took a huge whiff, inhaling lovely notes I’ve associated with Scotch – Vanilla and sweet spice. I’d had a bit of excitement building since it’s been way too long since I could enjoy a bottle of Scotch.
The pour – Very smooth, showed colors of pale green/gold. Once in the glass, my sight was confirmed. I have a tasting glass that I use for the nose and buildup, which pretty much confirmed notes of fruit, some raisin and very light oak notes. The feel of this whiskey is very light in body, smooth as well with the burn at the back end just being light enough to let you know it’s there but not overwhelming.
Truth be told, I never thought I’d pick up fruity notes in a Scotch but Glen Moray 12 Year Speyside has them. They’re light, but obvious honestly. The vanilla lingers on a medium finish.
Adding water (three drops) opened the scotch up mulled fruit and charred oak.
Overall, a drinkable, everyday affordable 12 year Scotch from the Speyside region of Scotland.