Aberlour 14 Year Old Double Cask
September 2021

Aberlour 14 Year Old Double Cask

One of the most highly awarded whiskies in the world is here. Aberlour is back with its multi-gold winning Aberlour 14 Year Old Double Cask. Created by award-winning Master Distiller Graeme Cruickshank, this sherried perfection is the final instalment in Aberlour’s renowned Double Cask range.

United Kingdom

Colour Deep Amber

Nose Juicy ripe cherries, citrus and marzipan with signature Aberlour blackcurrants developing into treacly butterscotch and lightly spiced Spanish oak.

Palate Round and smooth with creamy, soft caramel, subtle spice, gooey blackberry jam and freshly baked butterscotch that just melts in your mouth.

Finish Long, sweet and perfectly balanced with decadent vanilla and custard tart trailing off into sherried oak.

Food Match Creamy butter chicken curry

Overview

Fresh from collecting back-to-back Double Golds at the world’s biggest and most influential spirits competition, the legendary Aberlour is back to show us why they’ve earned their cult following, with the Australian launch of their latest sherried masterpiece.

From the slow distillation and the hearty, full bodied yet balanced new make spirit, Aberlour is a distillery famous for its patience and being able to nurture their spirit through a mix of predominantly Sherry casks and a smattering of American oak to create that distinct Aberlour flavour profile that has everyone salivating at the mere mention of their name.

Aberlour 14 Year Old Double Cask has recently joined the ranks of their already distinguished line up, alongside the 12, 16, and 18 Year Old age statement releases. And in true Aberlour style, it arrived with a huge bang, taking out a coveted Double Gold with 98 points in the prestigious IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition) 2020, alongside liquid treasures like Glenfiddich 40 & Finest Solera, Balvenie 30 and Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old. That win was backed up with the extremely rare feat of a successive 98 point Double Gold in the IWSC 2021, proof that Aberlour 14 Year Old Double Cask really does deserve its place on the top shelf.

Master Distiller Graeme Cruickshank said “We are proud of the meticulous attention to detail and teamwork that has gone into the creation of Aberlour 14 Year Old. It’s a true celebration and manifestation of the art of distilling, which we are extremely passionate about. 

Matured in the very best Oloroso Sherry and American oak casks, this expertly balanced whisky is Aberlour perfection through and through: a quintessential feast of decadent rich butterscotch, cherry and blackcurrant layered on waves of creamy caramel, finishing with mouth-wateringly divine vanilla and custard tart.

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WHISKY SPECS

Price: A$125.00

Age: 14 Years Old

ABV: 40%

Maturation: A delicate balance of Spanish Sherry and American oak casks

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Aberlour's History

Nestled in the heart of Speyside and surrounded by water lies the picturesque village of Aberlour, home to the legendary distillery of the same name. The village is an historical place, and in the ancient past the valley was home to a druid community who placed high value on the oak trees and water sources in the area.

The druids were of the belief they could hear the water spirits talking to each other, and so the village was named Aberlour, which is Gaelic for “mouth of the chattering burn”. The Lour Burn runs alongside the village, the Birkenbush Springs above supply crystal clear waters, drained over the pink granite of Ben Rinnes, and of course the village sits on the banks of the mighty River Spey. Sounds like the perfect place to make whisky then… and make whisky they do.

The first Aberlour distillery was founded way back in 1825 by James Gordon and Peter Weir. Weir left just one year after and the distillery continued operation until co-lessees James and John Grant left in 1833 to build Glen Grant down the road in Rothes. Aberlour fell silent and was later destroyed by a fire.

In 1879 however the legend as we know it today was born. James Fleming, a local farmer’s son, had been working as a grain dealer supplying distilleries and had caught the whisky bug. Inspired by the exceptionally pure spring water flowing from St. Drostan’s Well he decided to build a new distillery in Aberlour, and so he did. With the mission to craft a whisky of distinction at Aberlour, James designed the buildings and much of the machinery himself, and within a year he was capable of producing some 7,273 litres per week.

The distillery flourished, becoming the backbone of the village and James a bit of a local legend. Living by the mantra of ‘let the deed show’, a creed that showed through not only in the whisky, but in how he gave back to the town and the people around him, James built the local hospital and the town hall, and in his will left money to construct the ‘Penny Brig’, a suspension bridge built for villagers to cross the River Spey safely after a young boy’s life was taken by the waters.

To this day, Aberlour let their actions speak louder than their words, as they continue to ‘let the deed show’ in both their whisky and their community. Every year in February the team pours a bottle of 12 Year Old into the Spey to mark the beginning of the salmon fishing season, an important ritual encouraging the fish to bite, and especially important to the locals who retain unique rights to fish in the famous river.

Nearing the end of his days, James sold the distillery to Robert Thorne & Sons in 1892 and he passed away not long after in 1895. Fire struck again in 1898 when an explosion in the mill room destroyed a large part of the distillery. All was not lost because the setback presented an excellent opportunity to modernise the distillery, and Scotland’s leading distillery designer, Charles Doig of Elgin was promptly enlisted to bring everything back up to speed again.

Aberlour was sold to W.H. Holt & Sons in 1921, then became part of Campbell Distillers in 1945. The distillery powered through the mid-century and eventually was expanded to 4 stills and modernised again in 1973 to cope with the ever-increasing demand from Dewar’s, of which Aberlour is a key ingredient. Knowing a good thing when they see it, Pernod Ricard snapped up Aberlour in 1974 and it remains part of their whisky division, Chivas Brothers, to this day.

In 2002 Aberlour opened its visitors’ centre, which was one of the first to offer guests a ‘bottle your own’ experience.

The soft water of the Ben Rinnes, locally grown barley (all from within 15 miles of the distillery), and unusually broad based and high-necked stills combine to produce a medium-weight new-make. With malt, fruit and distinctive blackcurrant characteristics, it gains weight and a delicious toffee-like sweetness under maturation - more than enough to stand up to the heaviest Sherry cask maturation that can be thrown at it.

Aberlour has long specialised in Sherry cask maturation, with Master Distiller Graeme Cruickshank personally selecting casks from Jerez in Spain, however they also mature a considerable amount of spirit in American oak. Over the years the distillery’s gained a serious cult following alongside the two other Sherry houses, Glenfarclas and Glendronach, particularly for the legendary A’bunadh. 

Aberlour now enjoyes a range of rewardingly complex double cask matured 12, 14, 16, and 18 Year Olds, as well as the batch released Casg Annamh and A'bunadh.

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Distillery Facts

Region: Speyside

Origin: Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 9PJ, Scotland

Founded: 1879

Water Source: Birkenbeck Spring

Washbacks: 6, Stainless Steel

Stills: 2 wash and 2 spirit

Capacity: 3,900,000 litres per annum

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