You get what you pay for. That is my mantra. Now and then I have to reconsider. A bottle of Aberfeldy 12 YO is not cheap, but not overpriced either. It is simply put a quality single malt scotch whisky, priced at a comfortable level. But how good is it?
Aberfeldy was established in 1898 and have a long tradition for distillation of good single malt whisky. Owned by Dewars every drop of this single malt have usually been used for blending in Dewars Blended Whisky. Finally they have released their single malt on a wide distribution.
The story of Aberfeldy is also a story of water. This whisky have a rather special water source, the Pitilie Burn, also called “The Pool of the Water God”. The bottom of the water stream that runs by Aberfeldy is covered in gold dust and that is why Aberfeldy whisky is known as “The Golden Dram”.
If you would like to read more on how whisky is made – read my post on the topic. Review follows underneath.
Aberfeldy 12 YO
Region: Highlands, Scotland
Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: American bourbon, Sherry
Appearance: Amber color, clear, medium legs.
Nose: Nice and comfortable. Tones of malt, vanilla, honey and caramel. Some dried fruits – is that apricot or the more exotic pineapple? Definite earthiness. When unsealing the bottle there is a rich almond aroma that disappears pretty fast. Pouring a second glass two days later and it is gone.
Palate: On the tongue it is quite rich and start off with a ripe fruitiness mixed with a strong malt. Honey is there, so is orange rind and almonds. Oak aroma appears, with a tiny bitterness. Kind of like chewing your pencil at school.
Finish: A long finish. Dry and well seasoned. Apricots are back with vanilla and distinct cinnamon now.
Balance: Nice balance.
Body and texture: Full bodied with a soft texture.
Overall: An elegant and balanced whisky. Not very challenging or provocative, but a really good everyday single malt.