Originally Posted by Jojo
Fantastic write up - thanks! Aberlour is a great brand. I've had the 12yo, A'Bunadh and 16yo. Here in the frozen south, a dram of the 16 yo double cask is perfectly fitting for this type of weather! But, now I know I need to try that 18 yo! Sounds incredible.
To be honest, I'm not sure the TASTE of the Aberlour 18yr is worth the extra $50-60 over the 16yr. However, the experience of tasting them all back-to-back and with good company WAS worth the extra coin. But if you enjoy the 16yr, but would like an even smoother, more refined whisky with a subtler spice profile, then this is perfect. Personally, I like the added spice of the 16yr, and the more robust flavor.
Frankly, I think of one thing when I taste this whisky. I am reminded of my sister-in-law asking if I had anything else that was similar to the Balvenie 21yr Port Wood. If I had this bottle with me, this is what I would have given her. It is just as smooth, sweet on the lips, and has a great (but not powerful) finish. While the flavor is slightly different (sherry v. port), the body and characteristics of the whisky is similar enough to make a comparison.