Review: Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 yrs; Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Aberfeldy (Aberfeldy, Scotland)

Part of the “last great malts” collection from dewars. Recently re-marketed along with a number of relatively recent releases (Craigellachie, Royal Brackla, Aultmore). The distillery was developed alongside a railroad, providing easy access to Dewar’s bonding and blending facilities in Perth from which Dewar’s was exported. The distillery really came from Dewar - John Dewar was a wine merchant and established a blended whisky before the firm opened Aberfeldy in 1898.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Lots of fruit – very ripe apricots, peaches, apples, alongside cereal notes, honey, beeswax, and the earthy tones of barley. Light vanilla rounds it out – very pleasant, vibrant, and easy. Some interesting grassy notes too – minty, perhaps – but, actually, maybe patchouli? The freshness of the fruit sometimes drifts more to stewed fruits – particularly apricot.  The palate follows the nose, with lots of honey, cereal, peach, and hay notes. A light sherry note is present, too, but it can be quite subtle. The grain is quite central, and it works very well. Vanilla, stewed apricot, and sweet malt on the finish with the grain really coming through. And lightly nutty. A nice, medium body even at 40%. If you are a seasonal drinker like me, very much a springtime dram.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $60.