Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask
IF YOU LIKE 'EM SWEET 'N SPICY WITH PLENTY OF BODY.
Ancient, pre-Christian Celts were drawn by the water. Pure, sweet and unusually soft, it bubbled and flowed over the towering slopes of Ben Rinnes. It means ‘chattering’ in Gaelic because of the sounds as the water cascaded over waterfalls and splashed its way through wooded glens to meet the river Spey at Aberlour: ‘the mouth of the chattering burn’.
A fine example of how the distinctively crisp, citrus character of Aberlour’s raw spirit is deftly softened by double cask maturation. Traditional oak and seasoned Sherry butts are both used to great effect, as the mellowed spirits within are combined to deliver a subtly balanced flavour.
Aberlour single malt whisky is named after where it’s made. Steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. The exceptionally pure, soft spring water used for making Aberlour whisky is drawn from nearby natural springs.
Aberlour means ‘the mouth of the chattering burn’ in Gaelic, and this wild mountain stream is part of the Aberlour story. Cascading down over mossy waterfalls and through wooded glens, its constant chatter can be heard as it flows past the distillery to join the Spey at Aberlour.In this special place, the resources of nature and the founder’s passion for making the best single malt combine to make the generously multi-layered whiskies of Aberlour.
For James Fleming, a farmer’s son who supplied grain to local distilleries, Aberlour held another secret. Trickling over the granite mass of Ben Rinnes, the local spring water was exceptionally pure and soft – the perfect starting point for Fleming to realise his dream of creating the finest Speyside single malt of them all.
Fleming spared no expense in building the perfect distillery in which to make it, personally supervising every last detail. As well as the spring water, the Lour itself played a vital role by turning the giant waterwheel Fleming installed to power the entire distillery, which it did right up to the 1960s.
Fleming was a modest man, and his Aberlour malts exemplify the ethos of his family motto since the days of Robert the Bruce: ‘Let the deed show’. Aberlour whisky speaks for itself. Generous with his time as well as his money, Fleming was a pillar of the fast-growing little community of Aberlour. Philanthropic, too – he built the town hall and a cottage hospital, and provided in his will for a bridge to be built to replace the dangerous old ferry across the Spey.
Age: 12 years
Proof: 86 (43% ABV)
Distiller: The Aberlour Distillery, Speyside, Scotland
Family: Aberlour whiskeys
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A soft kiss from red-apple lips
Spicy on the tongue with ginger, cinnamon, and toffee
Its warm, lingering embrace finishes with a little sass