Aberfeldy 12 Years Old

Aberfeldy 12 Years Old


What they say

Aberfeldy Distillery is nestled within a lush valley in the foothills of the Central Highlands of Scotland, known as the ‘golden dram’ – the distillery’s water source is the famous Pitilie burn – renowned locally for its water quality and famed for its deposits of alluvial gold. Time honoured techniques such as longer fermentation conjures rare honeyed notes – key to the signature sweetness of Aberfeldy’s malts.

Our single malt whisky is mellowed for 12 years in handmade oak casks, this smooth, sweet dram offers rich rewards for those who like to dig deeper. This is a whisky that is one step beyond the conventional, mainstream offerings and a more interesting choice than the classic malts commonly available.

Official tasting notes

  • Scented with spices and honeyed plump fruits.
  • Syrupy, with lots of vanilla and fudge, with a whisper of smoke on the finish.

What I say

A revisit of Aberfeldy’s entry-level staple expression produced at 12 Years Old. I recently re-sampled this at a Cane & Grain tasting but hadn’t got round to writing that up (sorry!). Anyhow a revisit is in order as after this I’m sampling the latest 18 Year Old Limited Edition from their Red Wine Cask Collection (Cote Rotie)

  • ABV 40%
  • Age 12 Years Old
  • Bottler Dewars
  • Bottling Official
  • Cask Oak
  • Category Highland single malt whisky
  • Cost £35-£40
  • Origin Aberfeldy Distillery
  • Outturn undisclosed
  • Region Highland
  • Released n/a
  • Vintage undeclared

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Full amber gold (10/20), quick, large tears and medium legs.
  • Nose Honey sweet, sweet malt, orchard fruits; apple, pear, hint of banana, creamy highland toffee, fudge, nutty, Caramac bars, milk chocolate.
  • Taste Medium-bodied, butterscotch, highland toffee, honey, honey-nut cornflakes, fruity, baked apple and pear, sugary and woody, soft oak, caramel, apple Danish pastry, some soft spices.
  • Finish Long, smooth and sweet, creamy, honey, toffee.
  • Overall This whisky really is honey in a glass, it is quite hard to get away from those sweet honey notes. If you do you’ll find some well-incorporated fruits and substantial malt. Delicious!

Score 84/100

Available from Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange

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