Review: Aberfeldy 16 Years Old
Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Aberfeldy Distillery
Bottling: Official – John Dewar & Sons/Bacardi Ltd.
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What I say:
Following the recent rebranding and redesign at Aberfeldy we finally saw the loss of their Red Squirrel logo (a hangover from the UDV days as the Red Squirrel was their Flora and Fauna range badge – a very rare bottling to find these days indeed!). WE had the fortune to visit Aberfeldy distillery for a whisky geeks tour not long after the re-brand and sampled some of the wonderful expressions and single cask bottlings released for their annual festival. One of these a 16 year old called Ramble, produced for The Whisky Store, really stuck in my mind as a truly wonderful expression. So when Dewars announced their launch of a 16 Year Old expression matured in Oloroso Sherry Casks I jumped at the chance to sample this expression for a review.
Full amber gold, rosy highlights (10/20), medium droplet tears leave tapered/fine legs
A bowl full of fresh fruit presents itself with ripe pears, peaches and apricots, a drizzle of sweet honey and golden syrup, apple sauce and freshly baked apple pie with cinnamon and vanilla custard, malty cereal barley, salted caramel fudge, well worn leather belt, marzipan, nutty hazelnuts coated in chocolate, nut brittle, and toffee round out the nose.
Waxy and oily initially this thins and presents with a touch of citrus zest and spice, caramel and toffee, redder fruits than suggested by the nose, red apples, raspberry, strawberry, plum, malty cereal barley and honey combine to give a treacle-like flavour leading into oak wood with a touch of tannin and suede leather, chocolate drops or buttons mixed into vanilla cream
Medium-long, cinnamon spiced honey and honeydew melon fades
Smooth and oily, perhaps a touch over-spiced for my palate in places this is a dram full of subtleties that rewards spending some time with. Thanks to Aberfeldy/Dewars and Quercus Communications for official sample.
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