Aberfeldy 16 years

"A very decent dram with a reasonably price. Reminds me of sitting on the porch with with a lemonade and a piece of pastry during a hot summer day"

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This 16-year-old Aberfeldy was released in 2015 as part of The Last Great Malt series by John Dewar & Sons. With this fairly pretentious name, they announced the revival of five single malts brand, with next to Aberfeldy also The Deveron, Craigelachie, Aultmore and Royal Brackla. At a time when age statements seemed to disappear, Dewar’s made the decision to include them. They also announed to exclude the addition of caramel to their whiskies, however, there is no statement about the colouring on their bottles. We wonder why and treasure our doubts about this. However, the design of their labels is top-notch and very classy. Now, let us go taste what is inside this beautiful bottle.

Nose

Quite spicy at first. Clearly ginger. Then all kinds of yellow fruits that just have not fully ripened. Oranges, nectarines, tangerines, and some of those yellow cherries. This is followed by an upcoming sweetness to balance the spices. Butter, butterscotch and cream cheese. I think this is quite good with proper balance, but not without an edge to keep it interesting. More cookies, cake and other pastries follow, together with apricot filling, almonds and lemon icing. Very nice.

Taste

Compared to the nose, the palate is underwhelming. However when given some time it becomes more vivid with candied orange, ginger, bitter almonds, lemon skin, and grapefruit. The strength feels above the 40% and the bourbon cask does more of the talking compared to the sherry cask. Cinnamon buns, lemon curd, a hint of chocolate and raisins are also there. The finish is also reasonably long with hay, pastry, ginger and citrus fruits. Everything stays friendly and calm, I mean do not expect too much thrills.

Overall

A very decent dram with a reasonable price. They managed to achieve balance, but just give it enough kick to make it interesting enough to keep sipping. Reminds me very much of sitting on the porch with a lemonade and a piece of pastry from the supermarket during a hot summer day. Not a bad thing, right?

What others say

Whiskybase: 81.20 (76 votes) * Serge Valentin @Whiskyfun: 82/100
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Scores

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

Cask influence
75%
Peat/smoke
0.5%
Nose 84%
Taste 85%
Balance 85%
Depth 84%
Finish 85.5%
Score