Powderhound, you make a good point, but in my experience, 99.9999% of the time a bottling will normally state NO COLORING if there is none. Usually it is the distillery bottlings that use caramel coloring ( E150 coloring ) as the distilleries are trying to achieve "shelf consistency" for the consumer as distillery bottlings ( OB ) are the larger sales in single malt whiskies with the USA being the largest market globally. Some distilleries do not use coloring with Aberlour being one of them. Macallan normally does not use coloring but they do in their 12-Year-Old as the 12YO is their flagship bottling for the average consumer for the Macallan imbiber. Of course, nothing is absolute and there are others out there who may "shoot holes" in what both you and I have written. Any others out there with info?