(B) Aberlour 12 / Double Cask Matured (Speyside): This malt MUST be given time to open - both in the bottle and the glass. Without, it has an odd dusty quality which can be off-putting. However, when given time to open, the malty nose presents green apple and toffee. On the palate, more apple, oak, vanilla and other spices. Finish is sweet and creamy but eventually dries out. Slight deduction in grade for the rough start, but ultimately a fine drink.
Sweets for the sweet: Aberlour has always made a subtle, almost delicate malt, although with a goodly hit of sherry-barrel oak to keep it from floating away. The non-chill filtered version foregoes the fine filtering that prevents whisky from clouding up when you add ice. It also sucks out just a little bit of the flavor. Without it, the Aberlour is perceptibly richer. Aberlour 12-year-old Non-Chill Filtered single-malt Scotch whisky ($63).
"NPR- Photographer Ernie Button has been taking pictures of the dried residues left in empty whisky glasses for six years. The resulting images are compellingly abstract, and maybe just a little bit otherworldly."