Like the title says, this is a single malt whisky without chill-filtering by the Aberlour distillery. 12 years old and matured in Ex-Sherry butts and Ex-Bourbon casks. There’s also been a 12 year old Aberlour, which has been chill-filtered. Comparing those two would actually be a great blog post subject. This revamped version also has a higher alcohol per volume level, so it’s closer to its original flavor profiles.
Aberlour seems to be making great decisions. First the incredibly popular A’Bunadh series and now this (per se) improved version of a single malt whisky, which is already in the “great deal” category, if you ask any whisky enthusiast.
This whisky has character, I can imagine it has much more mouth feel than the regular Aberlour 12YO. Haven’t tasted the regular one though, so I can’t be sure. Still, Aberlour 12YO Non Chill-Filtered is probably one of the great examples, what whisky without chill-filtering can be at its best.
The sherry butts do stand out more than the bourbon casks, but this whisky is a nice mixture of both of the cask types. In nice balance, offering a rich taste profile, I hope that more distilleries start to make these kind of changes in their core range. This single malt very much brings me the Back to the Future movie in mind. Like Aberlour had gone back in time to make the future better.
Here’s a vlog review of Aberlour 12YO Non Chill-Filtered, by Whisky Wednesday: