Aberlour 16 Years Old 3rd Fill American Oak Barrel 70cl 55.8°
The Aberlour distillery with century-old know-how recognized since the creation of the distillery by James Fleming in 1879, dedicates an exclusive Single Cask to Le Comptoir Irlandais. Aberlour obtains barley from a distance of 25 km around the distillery and uses the crystal clear water of Lour (river) for the creation of these exceptional whiskies.
For the creation of this 16-year-old Aberlour, we have selected a third filling Bourbon keg.
Why this choice ?
One thing is fundamental when tasting a great whisky: the balance between the distillate and the wood. Often the choice is Sherry casks or wine barrels very powerful in terms of aromas, very rich and heavy. The resulting whiskies are excellent of course! These barrels tend to take over the distillate. We are talking about wooddriven whisky, driven by wood.
To highlight the distillate, this whisky has been aged in a barrel with light impact! So we chose a "calm" barrel, 3rd filling! This means that the wood has already served and has already given power to another whisky before. The wood now goes so much sweeter, give age and maturity to this whisky. The fine and precise wealth of the Aberlour distillate will be much more important than in a wine cask! We are talking about a spirit driven whisky, driven by the distillate!
This whisky is bottled to its natural degree, without adding water and thus preserves intact the intensity of flavours.
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The Aberlour distillery is nestled in a valley at the junction of rivers Lour and Spey, surrounded by an amazing landscape overlook by the nearby Ben Rinnes peaks. James Fleming established the Aberlour distillery in 1879. He drew himself most of the plans of the buildings and machines, personally supervising each step of the building works. In 1898, a fire destroyed several distillery buildings and a large part of the whisky stocks. The re-building of the distillery was led by the most famous distillery builders in Scotland, Charles Doig, from Elgin. During the last century, tools and methods improved thanks to modernization of equipment and new technologies. However, most of the original structures are still in place, as part of Aberlour’s long heritage and transmission of knowledge and traditions. The distillery produces 3,2 million liters of alcohol every year. Almost two thirds of the production is dedicated to the making of 10 year-old, 12 year-old and 16 year-old Aberlour Single Malts, and the Aberlour A’bunadh.