Maker: Aberfeldy, Aberfeldy, Perth & Kinross, Scotland, UK (Dewars/Bacardi)
Region: Highlands, Central.
Age: 12 y/o
Michigan state minimum: $40
Appearance: Medium copper.
Nose: Sweet malt, old oak, apricot.
Palate: Full-bodied, lightly sweet. Butterscotch, peach, apricot, lemon meringue pie.
Finish: Medium hot. Creme brulee, oak, burn.
Parting words: Aberfeldy is Dewar’s flagship distillery, and as one might expect, Aberfeldy is one of the backbone malts of Dewar’s blend. It’s full-bodied and fruity, but it relies on malt for sweetness rather than strong sherry, as befits a Highland (as opposed to Speyside) malts.
Aberfeldy 12 is easy drinking and affordable but not boring. It has a spicy edge that makes it more fun to sip than many other big corporate malts which sacrifice flavor for accessibility. You know which ones I’m talking about. Aberfeldy 12 is recommended.