Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy 2001/2017 (55.5%, OB, Refill Bourbon Barrel #21444, Handfill)

Whisky Review: Aberfeldy 2001 Vintage Cask #21444

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Aberfeldy Distillery

Bottling: Official – John Dewar & Sons/Bacardi Ltd.

ABV: 55.5%

Cost: £100 Distillery Exclusive

Aberfeldy SC 2001

What they say:

 Cask #12444 distilled 2001 and matured in a refill Bourbon barrel. Sweet and fruity with a good punch of spice, this shows great balance between distillery character and time in oak.

Nose:

Wood spice, rich woody spice with vanilla, nutmeg and a touch of cayenne pepper

Taste:

Fruity, dried orange slices studded with cloves, stewed cooking apples & sultanas

Finish:

Pudding, white chocolate, golden syrup sponge, and vanilla custard.

What I say:

Sampled during the #HomeofDewars Tweet tasting held on 22nd November 2017.

Appearance:

Light gold (6/20)

Nose:

oodles of vanilla, green banana & coconut, gristy malt, lemon puff biscuit & green leaf tea, pistachio and cardamom kulfi, mace, cinnamon and nutmeg spices

Taste:

Warming spiced caramel, vanilla, honey, baked apple, pistachio and cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, creamier with water, spice subsides, lots more of the 12yo character comes out.

Finish:

Medium-long spiced and drying becomes a little vaporous but still that touch of sweet honey

Overall:

Sweet and spiced, powerful at CS and hides a lot of the more pleasant aspects so don’t be afraid to dilute with a little drop of water.

Score: 87/100

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