In the latest batch of single cask releases from The Whisky Exchange we noticed this well-matured Aberlour 1993.
Aberlour 25 yo 1993 (54,1%, The Whisky Exchange 2019, ex-bourbon hogshead #7366, 162 btl.)
Nose: quite full and slightly nervous, with plenty of orchard fruits (ripe pears, gooseberries, yellow plums) and juicy oranges, but also light grassy notes and a pinch of pepper. A late honeyed edge as well as some caramel coated almonds.
Mouth: slightly sweeter now, with vanilla cake, lemon candy, peaches and yellow apples. Golden raisins. Behind the sweetness are firm oak spices (pepper, nutmeg, menthol) and a hint of toffee. A perfectly classical profile, with fairly neutral but nicely balanced and mature flavours. A drop of water brings out more creaminess.
Finish: medium, with slightly rougher oaky notes and fruity echoes, mainly apples.
Good whisky that revolves around indigenous fruits and wood spice, in balanced parts. Interesting to see a non-sherried version of Aberlour. Still available from The Whisky Exchange.