Aberfeldy 12 Year Old is one of the key members of the “Last Great Malts”, a line-up of single malt whiskies owned by John Dewar & Sons, who are best known for their Dewar’s range of blended whiskies. Coincidentally, Aberfeldy is one of the primary single malts used in the Dewar’s range of blended whiskies. I’ve heard that as little as 1% of the spirit from the Aberfeldy distillery is bottled as single malt, which is crazy to think about… so is the 12 year single malt good enough to stand up on it’s own?
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
Category: Single Malt
Bottle Code: L16238ZA803 2102
Mashibill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: Ex-Bourbon and Ex-Sherry Matured
Review & Tasting Notes – Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
Nose: A pleasant mix of apples, raisins and honey jump out of the glass. Underneath is malt, orange peel and cinnamon (reminiscent of Oban 14 Year Old) and faint heather. Fresh lightly grassy notes linger with the honey. Some light smoke becomes evident with continued tasting. Very pleasant.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, rich & creamy, chewy texture, no sharpness but a warming sensation is present. Very pleasant.
Palate: Lots of fruit and sweet goodness. Dates, raisins, honey and spices (cardamom & nutmeg) fill the palate. Reminds me of a delightful middle-eastern style desert. Underneath is lovely malt, oak, orange and more spice that bring balance to the sweetness.
Finish: A long and lovely finish. The fruit continues with raisins but is met with lovely orange freshness, spicy nutmeg and woody oak.
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old is a very tasty dram at a great price. The fruity richness complements the oak and spice well all the way from nose to finish. It seems to find a way to play between light and rich as well as fruit and honey, while always maintaining balance. Be aware, this is a very sweet whisky. I could see some being almost overwhelmed by the honey and richness.
In any case, Aberfeldy 12 is one of the best entry level whiskies that should be recommended to all beginners. It has a decent amount of complexity, without being overwhelming or having any typically off-putting notes. It’s well-rounded, rich, creamy and full of flavour while providing enough complexity to enjoy a few glasses.
It’s disappointing that so few people know of Aberfeldy considering that so many know of Dewar’s. When I share this dram with friends they’re pleasantly surprised, and then when I tell them it’s one of the main single malts in Dewar’s, they just give me a funny look.
Solid dram. Enough said.