Aberfeldy 12 years

"A smooth dram for an easy evening without any challenges. Perhaps a starter for beginning with the serious stuff during a whisky tasting"

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Although Aberfeldy is not a very well-known distillery, it has been around since 1898 and the only distillery built by the Dewar family close to the house where founder John Dewar was born. One of the reasons for its unfamiliarity is that most of its spirits have been used from the Dewar’s blends. After switching owners a couple of times, Dewar’s bought Aberfeldy back from Diageo in 1998, and soon introduced the 12-year-old single malt to the market. A few years back, Dewar’s updated its single malt range and introduced a new old-school-looking design of the range, among extending the range to older versions. Aberfeldy is now also home to the Dewar’s World of Whisky, a visiting centre for everything on Dewar’s malt and blended whiskies. Most of the spirit at Aberfeldy is matured in bourbon casks, however, some sherry casks are used, as we have seen in a recent Aberfeldy tasting. Before this tasting, I never encountered Aberfeldy before, so I am quite curious what they have to offer.


Opens with the floral side of honey and barley sugar. It is extremely friendly and maybe a little bit too flat. Gentle notes of cashew nuts, macaroons, biscotti, cake and butterscotch. There are not many things in the nose that displeases me, no rough edges, no exciting turns, you get it.. it might be slightly boring. Oh and Please do not add water, chances are that you drown it. 


Honey, toffee and barley sugar. A good balance from the start (again stay clear from water) with gentle notes of sweetness and floralness (florality?). Wether’s Original, a hint of sunflower oil and seeds, and it gets a bit of a bitter edge in the finish. Could be something like amaretto liquor, but we are not sure because it does not stay long.


I think this might be perfect for anyone who prefers smooth whiskies, for people that normally drink blends, or maybe to start a whisky tasting session. Do not get me wrong, this is pretty good, but personally I would not buy a bottle. There is certainly no harm in taking a shot if you want to have an easy evening without any challenges.

What others say

Whiskybase: 78.87 (313 votes) * @Thewhiskeyjug: 85/100 * @Ralfy: 81/100 * Serge Valentin @Whiskyfun: 79/100
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A sample of this was provided by for the Twitter Tasting


these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
Nose 81%
Taste 82%
Balance 84%
Depth 80%
Finish 81%