Review #162. Aberlour 12 NCF

Review #162 | /r/Scotch Review #65 – Aberlour 12yr Non-Chill Filtered

The Schtick: This is a release in Aberlour’s age stated range that is fully sherry matured, but not chill filtered.

Distiller: Aberlour

Bottler: Aberlour

ABV: 46% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Maturation: Sherry

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Bottle, Purchased

Nose: Sherry fruit and a hint of baking spice. Lots of plum and raisin. Mildly fudgy with some nice chocolate notes. Grapes and syrupy sweetness. Some clove and allspice to round it out.

Taste: Grapes, sherry, fudge and vanilla. It’s delicious and sweet, with a strong leaning in the fudgy fruity direction. I think it’s a good deal like Macallan 12 but with a little thinner mouth feel and a hair less plum and cocoa.

Finish: Medium and a tad hot, but extra time sitting in the glass beyond my usual 10-15 minutes seemed to quell this. It’s very sweet and there’s a lot more fruit and spice here with a little less emphasis on the fudge.

Overall: Macallan around me is climbing to absurd price levels. This seems to be about $10 or so dollars cheaper and for that compromise, it’s totally worth it. I think I still prefer Macallan 12 a tiny bit more, and I’m sure I’ll be burned alive for that opinion but hey, it’s what I like. That being said, I’ll gladly pick this over the M12 any day because it’s delicious and full bodied and comes with a lower pricetag and a bit more oomph in the ABV department.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect

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