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03 Aug 2013

Aberlour 2000 (Old Malt Cask)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Aberlour

After the split of Douglas Laing in May 2013, with both brothers going their own way, there are now two companies Douglas Laing (Fred + daughter) and Hunter Laing (Stewart + sons). The popular Old Malt Cask range is part of the Hunter Laing portfolio.

This Aberlour 2000 was actually bottled before the breakup.


Aberlour 2000 Douglas LaingAberlour 12 yo 2000
(50%, Douglas Laing ‘Old Malt Cask’ 2013, refill hogshead, ref. 9340, 312 btl.)

Nose: juicy barley, with a few gristy and mineral notes and plenty of apples and pears. Sweet cereals. Light heather honey. Yellow raisins. Hints of vanilla cream. A pretty standard, fresh and modern nose for a young and bourbon matured Speysider. Mouth: really sweet, lots of marzipan and cooked fruits at first. Melon and honey. Quickly joined by café latte notes and brown candy sugar. A little toffee. Hints of coffee sweets. Still some mineral / waxy notes. Fades on citrus zest and herbs, with a peppery edge. Finish: quite long, zesty, with a slight herbal bitterness and liquorice.

I think the switch from bright, fruity notes on the nose to sweet latte and coffee sweets on the palate was really nice. Overall youngish but quite enjoyable. Around € 60.

Score: 86/100

Aberlour 2000 (Old Malt Cask) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-08-03



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