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The Aberfeldy distillery (one of the last in Perthshire) draws its water from the Pitilie Burn, a resource that is praised locally for its purity and abundant gold mineral deposits. This unique water combines with Scottish malted barley for a powerful but accessible whiskey.
The golden drops of Aberfeldy
Aberfeldy Distillery, located in the heart of the Scottish Grampians mountain range, is praised for its solid and concentrated single malt. They use this whiskey, which is regarded as the strongest in the Midlands, especially to make it blends together like the famous Dewar's White Label. But especially for those who bring them also two official versions of these single malt on the market: those 12 years old and 21 years old.
One 'golden dram' please ...
The Aberfeldy distillery is one of the last in Perthshire. For their whiskey they draw mineral-rich water from the Pitilie Burn, a well appreciated for its pure nature and the abundant gold mineral deposits. It is not for nothing that when reference is made in the region to the single malt from Aberfeldy, they often talk about the "golden dram" (literally golden dram). And thus they are not only referring to the golden color.
Typical keys of honey
The unique spring water, together with barley malt from the Highlands for a powerful, yet accessible whiskey packed with notes of cereal and fruit. Honey keys, which you can recognize a typical Aberfeldy, are the result of a long fermentation process in which all the flavors have fully flourish. The 'wash' (the drink that occurs after fermentation) is then distilled in copper alembics (stills), more than a century ago handmade. Finally whiskey aged in oak barrels until it is perfectly ripe.
Aberfeldy 12 years old in the glass
Under the warm golden glow of the single malt you will discover a rich and full bouquet, decorated by notes of heather honey and a remarkably fruity sweetness. In the mouth you get the same experience honey, followed by spices and a fresh citrus flavor
Nose: Dry sherry, light honey, some smoke
Taste: Vanilla, oily, slightly smoky
Finish: Medium, dry, spicy later
The one I had was before the new package design, so I don't know if the whisky has changed...
Nose: Like scenting a fruity but delicate perfume. The nose is so soft, you can hardly detect it. Hints of honey and floral notes.
Taste: Very sweet and syrupy and a bit spicy.
Finish: Crispy oranges clash with spices in a dry and oaky manner.
Balance: One the most delicate single malts I've tasted. Finish being the best part but it doesn't save the whole palate, which lacks character way too much.
Lekker zoete zachte whisky met tonen van vanille en honing
Fresh tobacco, leather, pineapple, black berry, malty oak and dry spices.
Light mouth feel. it's really closed, but needs plenty with water to open up. It becomes juicy with pineapple and banana, syrup and sherry spices. After 8-10 seconds on the tongue white pepper notes develop.
Short but comfortable, fruity and peppery.
I could easily buy several bottles of this one. Despite the low alcohol by volume it needs water which yields plenty of flavors.
(Rating interval 80-84)
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