The Aberlour 18 Year Old is a single malt Scotch whisky from the remarkable Speyside distillery. It is the oldest whisky in the Aberlour core range, and belongs to the ultra-premium segment in the whisky market.
It achieved a wider release only in 2008, before which the 18-Year-Old was only available in the French market.
The Aberlour Distillery was established by James Fleming in 1879 in the town of Aberlour, county of Moray. After previously being employed at the Dailuiane Distillery for close to a decade, Fleming circled back to his hometown, putting every bit of knowledge and experience he acquired into his new project.
After building the distillery, Fleming distilled whisky at the Aberlour for many years until his eventual demise in 1895. The Distillery was then sold to Robert Thorne & Sons who ran the business until 1921 before selling to W. H. Holt & Sons.
The Aberlour Distillery changed hands once again before it was finally acquired by Pernod Ricard in 1975, and has enjoyed stability and a purple patch of success with their single malt whiskies, both critically and commercially.
Over the years, the Aberlour brand has become one of the most revered single malt brands among whisky enthusiasts with particular praise meted out to their exceptional ‘Double Cask Matured’ range of single malt Scotch whiskies, and the small batch produced cask strength miracle, the Aberlour A’bunadh.
The Aberlour 18-Year-Old is distilled, matured and bottled at the Speyside facilities of the brand, and undergoes the brand’s famous Double Cask Maturation process.
Matured in traditional American Bourbon barrels, whiskies belonging to the Aberlour Double Cask Maturation series including the 18-Year-Old are finished in carefully hand-picked Oloroso Sherry barrels.
This helps infuse a breath-taking repertoire of flavours and a terrific texture to the single malt explaining the high praise bestowed upon Aberlour single malts.
The 18-Year-Old Double Cask Matured expression from Aberlour similarly is a delightfully smooth, elegant and delicious bottling that completes the brand’s wonderful inventory of single malts.
The Aberlour 18-Year-Old Double Cask Matured single malt carries an alcohol strength of 43% ABV, slightly higher than the standard permissible limit for Scotch whiskies.
Gold at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Speyside category in 2014.
Gold at the International Spirits Challenge in the Distillers’ Single Malts Between 13 to 20 Years Old category in 2014.
Second Place at the International Whisky Competition in the Best Scotch Single Malt 18 Years category in 2015.
Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Single Malt Scotch: 13 to 18 Year Old category in 2013.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Speyside category in 2017.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in the Scotch Single Malt: Speyside category in 2013.
Bronze at the Malt Maniacs Awards in the Premium category in 2013.
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Rich, and complex with creamy aromas of toffee, butterscotch and lots of fruit in the form of ripe pears and some amount of bitter orange.
Soft, creamy and flavourful with infusions of blackcurrant jam, sweet Oakiness and traces of honey.
Long, creamy and gentle with an Oaky aftertaste.