Aberfeldy Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: January 2, 2013 in Aberfeldy, Scotch Whisky A-G

Aberfeldy 12 year old 40%

Tasted: Dec 2012

Pleasantly rich aromas opening with some herbal sherry notes followed by a touch of orange sherbet and granulated sugar. Late hints of citrus and spice.

The palate is soft and slightly honeyed with a touch of burnt caramel, some barley fruit and a touch of sherry. Quite a bitter finish but some light sugars counteract it to a certain extent. A little hot, which is surprising for the abv and it’s a bit short as the oak clamps down.

Aberfeldy 12 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2014

Nose: very youthful with boiled sweet marc-like notes and nascent toffee’d oak. A little high toned and fairly simple.

Palate: Soft and a little watery. Again fairly simple with some barley and toffee.

Finish: Good length with finally some spices emerging but the youthful marc notes linger.

Conclusion: You can’t hurry maturation!

Aberfeldy 12 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Nose: A little shy and hard to begin with. Hints of crisp barley, orange, lemon and dusty spice follow. With time hints of perfumed white fruit, pepper and creamy oak emerge.

Palate: Soft and lightly oaked with plenty of moist honey and barley. Fuller than the nose suggests, delicately mineral with a touch of white fruit.

Finish: Long and very spicy with the honey and white fruit lingering.

Conclusion: Very pleasant with a lovely spicy finish.

Aberfeldy 12 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Sept 2015

The nose is subdued and caramel dampened. There’s some sweet dried fruit, some luscious honey and a touch of dusty oak and violets, but it smells quite old and it’s a little rough at the edges, hence the use of caramel.!

The palate is all soft toffee and caramel with hints of barley, honey and violets. Flattened and subdued and again a little rough at the edges. The finish is short and a little on the bitter side. In conclusion it’s been made up with some ropey old casks and they’ve tried to cover it up with E150!

Aberfeldy 12 year old (New Packaging) 40%

Limited Edition. Btl No2905

Tasted: Sept 2015

A fresher and cleaner nose. More herbal and honeyed (than the old label bottling) with peach, raisins and hints of coffee and spice. This is more like it! It does seem younger than 12 years of age but the aromas are pleasant and with time some soft vanilla, barley and toasty oak appears.

The palate is also fresher, with a little more sherried dried fruit showing. Very soft and lightly violety with coffee/ cocoa, raisin, prune and a touch of barley. Not hugely complex but very appealing and enjoyable with some lovely spicy moments and a youthful, invigorating almost menthol fresh finish. No caramel here thankfully!

Aberfeldy 16 year old 40%

Tasted: June 2016

A nose of fragrant barley and honey, peanuts and hints of lime, gooseberry and greengage. Showing some age with a delightful, subtle, dusty oak character. With time, hints of minerals, toffee and cream.

Soft and gentle on the palate with moist apricot, honey and barley. Good depth with lightly dusty American oak and hints of clotted cream, toffee and balancing citrus. Long and very citric with an almost grainy/ mineral bite in the finish. Conclusion: A pleasant, mellow, mature whisky.

Aberfeldy 21 year old 40%

Tasted: Dec 2013

A truly majestic nose of mature and dusty oak with buckets of floral honey and beeswax. The dusty, sweet spices are divine and effortlessly mingle with the mature, tropical white fruits. A little citrus note adds freshness along with a light granity note.

Soft and mature on the palate with oodles of orange blossom honey and floral, lightly tropical and creamy fruit. The sawdusty oak lazily appears bringing some beautiful sweet spices. Wow! What a palate! Effortlessly long with the lovely granity notes and oak drying a little. Conclusion: The dog’s nad’s as they say!

Aberfeldy 21 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2014

Best Highland Single Malt

A luscious nose of herbal honey and wonderfully soft, fleshy fruit. Hints of banana, apricot liberally sprinkled with dusty spice and shot through with a seam of tangerine. Mellow with a touch of mature, sawdusty oak.

The palate is soft and malty with a generous degree of orange and tangerine. Beguiling sawdusty oak adds weight and depth as the citrus notes develop along with hints of honeyed barley and sweet spice. Good length with a little bittering from the oak at the finish. Conclusion: Showing some lovely maturity.

Aberfeldy 21 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Dec 2014

Intense and dusty aromas of incense, oak and violets. Hints of tropical melon, apricot, sugar coated orange and drying spices appear. Beautifully juicy and honeyed, showing some maturity.

The palate is unfortunately a little watery with moist honey an dusty oak. Less complex than the nose with a few cardboard notes. Beautiful finish, however with marzipan, crisp spices and lingering violets. Conclusion: A lovely, mature malt with maybe a few too many wrinkles on the palate.

Aberfeldy 21 year old 40%

Re-Tasted: Jan 2017

A dense nose of American oak and barley with beautifully mature, tropical apricot, pear and melon. Some balancing citrus notes appear and the oak becomes gorgeously dusty. Late hints of white chocolate and earth.

The palate is soft, honeyed with barley, wood spice and grainy oak. Tighter than the nose with the tropical fruit showing a subtler character. However it’s still very deep and balanced with a mineral and citric middle. Long, succulent and juicy with lingering minerals, citrus, milk chocolate and coffee. In conclusion: Wonderfully mature and elegant with plenty of highland character.


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