Aberlour 14 Years Double Cask

Aberlour 14 Years Double Cask

Aberlour 14 Year Old Double Cask has recently joined their core range alongside the 12, 16, and 18 Year Old releases. It is a combination of first-fill American oak (bourbon) casks and Oloroso sherry casks.

Once a novelty when The Balvenie started finishing whisky, this is now a very common (almost traditional) procedure that doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. That said, Aberlour has a long history of double maturation so they know what they’re doing.


Aberlour 14 yo ‘Double Cask’ (40%, OB 2021, Batch 0001)

Nose: quite rounded, with jammy peaches, hints of marzipan and vanilla. Toffee and orange cake as well. Then some honey emerges, with a little polished oak. Some (European oak?) spice sits in the background, like clove and cinnamon. Reasonably aromatic with no rough edges whatsoever.

Mouth: sweet and creamy, but lacking a bit of punch. Lots of oranges again, alongside yellow plums, summer berries and vanilla. After that it becomes more wood influenced, showing clove, honeyed Darjeeling, a little candied ginger, minty notes and black pepper. Milk chocolate and hints of coffee beans in the end.

Finish: not too long. Still a honeyed note but also drying wood.

A fairly supple Aberlour which combines a fruity spirit and wood spice from the sherry casks. The balance is okay but it would definitely benefit from a slightly higher strength. A good option for beginners or those who prefer extreme smoothness, I would say. Available from The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt for instance.