Aberlour 1991 A.D. Rattray K&L
Added on Saturday, Sep 11, 2010 at 09:04 PM
  Bottler: A.D. Rattray
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1991 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 53.40 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $78 Availability: Specialty Stores

17.09.1991       15.06.2010       Bourbon Cask       Cask no. 1276 


The 2nd single cask single malt scotch bottling exclusive to K&L Wine Merchants, following up their 27yo Clynelish.  See the comments on that one for some info.

Member Ratings and Notes

Nose is light, especially for the ABV. What's here is rather acrid, slightly floral, with a tinge of something honeyed. Vague grains/breads. Dusty cabinets. As it opens up, peaches.


Palate... hmm. Honey and vanilla. Medium-sweet. Traces of oranges, lemons. An oily aspect on some sips. Finish is long, getting spicier, with floral wisps and white pepper. Residual corn flakes.


Kind of a plain, typical, and unfortunately unremarkable bourbon-casked number. Not bad, just nothing special or interesting. B-/C+ 


Note: The description on the K&L website might be a little confusing to some, this isn't anything like the a'bunadh.

Nose:  Full and lovely with flowers, perfume, grass and malt, then some mint.

Palate:  The palate starts floral and vegetal and then develops fruity elements and sweet malt which develops into the finish.

Who knew that Aberlour unmasked from its sherry could stand up on its own.

Nose: Vaporous.  New plastic and a distant rotting fruit (apple?)


Palate:  Flowery with lavender and wintergreen.  Not terribly sweet though.  Finish leans toward a minty lemon.  Not bad.  Lost points on the nose.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  The first taste of this, not reviewed, was after a night of dramming and this tasted solventy and simple.  This review was with a fresh palate.   A similarly flavored SMWSA Braes of Glenlivet had similar tasting notes and behaved the same way with regards to drinking order.


My notes read:  ????? B- 


I am thinking this is due to a lack of interesting qualities combined with a heavy dramming prior to taste.  Will update this following an earlier re-taste at the next opportunity.

N: Light vanilla, grassy, spirituous.
P: Light and sweet with an oily mouth feel, kinda middle of the road sweet malt, kinda plain.
F: Some fleeting fruit in the finish brings some complexity, but overall this will appeal mainly to those who jsut want their whisky easy to drink.
A nice whisky worth trying, but I prefer something more aggressive.

Malty, vanilla, oak, some fruit in the nose. The malt and fruit remain evident on the palate, but overall, there's nothing particularly memorable here, it's just a very solid, enjoyable whisky. I identify Aberlour with the A'bunadh releases and very much enjoy them. Stylistically, I prefer them to this bottling, but this is still quite good.

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