Aberlour 1999 (cask #3856 for Poland)

Aberlour 1999 (cask #3856 for Poland)

Jack Tar Holding started as an independent bottler in 2017. Based in the UK and Poland (the founder’s home country), they seem to have a special focus on Caroni rum (more on that later) but they’re also into whisky and cognac.

Today we’re trying a 21 year old Aberlour 1999. This single cask was selected by La Maison du Whisky (the official partner of Pernod Ricard in Europe, I guess) and then secured by the Jack Tar as an exclusive bottling for Poland.


Aberlour 21 yo 1999 (51,2%, OB Selected by LMdW for Poland 2021, first fill American oak barrel #3856, 156 btl.)

Nose: It starts on mirabelles and peaches before it gets warmer, with hints of vanilla pudding, pastry notes and white chocolate, as well as light caramel. White Twix anyone? Then it gets superbly waxy and almondy, really excellent. Hints of Frisian sugar loaf, candied ginger and just a whiff of green tea and spice.

Mouth: a similar waxy profile, slowly developing on damsons, apricots, stewed apple and grapefruit syrup. Even a hint of green mango, bringing a nice acidity. Lovely hints of peppermint, vanilla and subtle pepper, as well as light cinnamon and citrus peels.

Finish: long, getting rather spicy now, but still with great fruit cake behind it.

I must admit Aberlour rarely gets me excited, but what a great surprise! There’s a bright fruitiness to it and a great waxy side. Easily one of the best expressions I’ve had from this distillery. I’m not sure whether there are still bottles available – you might want to check with Jack Tar directly.