Dewar Rattray Aberfeldy Tasting Notes

Posted: August 23, 2011 in Aberfeldy, Scotch Whisky A-G

Dewar Rattray Aberfeldy 1994 (15 year old) 57.3%

Bourbon Cask 4007/ Dist: 1994 Btl: 2009/ Tasted: Dec 2009

An earthy/ dunnagey nose. A stunning depth of molten chocolate laced orange fruit, maturing honey and Christmas cake dried fruit. Wow! The orange fruit really develops – floral and liquidy! Topped off with a liberal sprinkling of brown sugar. This is a superb nose.

The palate is exceedingly chewy. Full of maturing honey, rounded, complex and mouth filling orange fruit, barley and chocolate malt. The piquant alcohol cleans the palate to leave a mineraly, grainy finish along with a slight floral note.

Water brings out a touch of lanolin and some gorgeous spices. It has become very floral although it’s not as intense as it is without water. But……….. the palate is exceedingly luscious! The soft, liquid fruit glides sensuously over the tongue. Slightly sweeter and mellower now, which allows the lovely spices to come through on the finish. Personally I would opt to have it nest, but either way it’s a lovely dram.

Dewar Rattray Aberfeldy 1998 (15 year old) 60.3%

Bourbon Cask 2405/ Dist: 1998 Btl: Apr 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

The nose is quite fresh and grassy with sugar coated orange and a touch of barley. Rich and deep with hints of lemon and light smoke. Very juicy with an almost refill sherry-esque richness. Late notes of liquor like orange and a touch of fruit. 

The palate is not quite as alcoholic as you would expect. Quite earthy and natural with barley and light citrus. It starts to become a little woody before the alcohol comes through to mask the finish although a light grassiness can be detected. I have the feeling that this is going to be luscious and juicy when it’s diluted. 

With water I’m right. Luscious and lightly perfumed. Moist, succulent orange fruit notes abound! It has an almost gristy note as well. The palate is very juicy and luscious. Liquid orange with hints of barley and straw. A little less complex now but wonderfully soft and mouth-filling. The spices build pleasantly towards the finish where a touch of light vanilla join. Finally the oak adds something! Beautiful crumbly spice finish.

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