The Recommendation: Aberlour 12 Year Old Scotch

Top slice of a bottle
A close up of a bottle of Aberlour

»Scotch is a tough spirit to drink for the uninitiated. It isn't mixed with many things, meaning if it's in your glass you're either drinking it on the rocks or neat with no ice.

When I learned to drink it correctly, slow with small sips, I finally started to see why guys get into the stuff.

A friend of mine recently came back from Scotland, and being the true gentleman that he is, sent me a bottle of his favorite scotch that he tried while visiting the distilleries.

It was a brand neither of us were familiar with, but it has since become my favorite. Aberlour 12 Year is a single malt scotch that is smooth enough for this typical “on the rocks” guy to finally drink a glass neat.

I'm no connoisseur and typically can't speak in terms of character or top notes, but this single malt is sweet and smooth, with clear hints of cherry and honey in the flavor.

It won't cost you an arm and a leg either, you can pick up a bottle for about $35.

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Andrew Snavely

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