The Exclusive Malts 2000 Aberlour 12 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. If my cursory google-able research is correct (and why would it be?) Aberlour, or as translated into Scottish Gaelic, Obar Lobhair, apparently means "The mouth of the talkative stream". The babbling brook in question would be the Lour, which empties into the Spey, and upon whose … Continue reading The Exclusive Malts 2000 Aberlour 12 Year Old – Review

Aberlour 12 Year Old, Double Cask Matured – Review

Let me just say right off the bat that I've never been to the quiet little village of Charlestown of Aberlour which lies just down the A95 from the Aberlour Distillery, so please don't take this as any sort of travelogue or destination review...or, for that matter, thanks to a very limited travel budget at the … Continue reading Aberlour 12 Year Old, Double Cask Matured – Review

Introduction to Scotch at 18 Reasons

I'll be leading an Introduction to Scotch class at 18 Reasons next Tuesday, February 22. We'll take a quick run through the garden of Scotch Whisky history, talk a bit about how the stuff is made, and then taste our way through the six main regions. For this class, I'll be pouring representative, affordable, and … Continue reading Introduction to Scotch at 18 Reasons

A.D. Rattray 1991 Aberlour 18 Year Old, “K&L” Single Barrel – Review

*Thanks to Dave Driscoll and K&L Wines for the sample of this one. It's Tuesday...I wish I could regale you with some obscure history or made-up story about Aberlour's founder, James Fleming, and his childhood dream of becoming a world-famous harpist, but it's Tuesday and I'm already tired. So instead, a fairly perfunctory and dull … Continue reading A.D. Rattray 1991 Aberlour 18 Year Old, “K&L” Single Barrel – Review

Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured – Review

I can think of absolutely no tie-in between Speyside Scotch and Cinco de Mayo. 148 years ago today,  a small but doughty Mexican army fought off a much larger French Army who were understandably pissed off at Mexico for not paying their debts and finally had decided to strong-arm the Benito Juárez administration into freeing … Continue reading Aberlour 16 Year Old Double Cask Matured – Review