Ah Dewar’s… a blend that has gone beyond the mold by being involved with such initiatives like the Dewarists – an MTV series of musical travelogues around India. This show blended musicians from different genres and places living the motto: “Some things are just worth doing.”
I will openly admit to having a soft spot for any brand that gets behind independent musicians and contributes to the cultural fabric of their target market.
And what does that have to do with this whisky review? Naturally Aberfeldy distillery is part of the Dewars stable… and its 21 year old the high-end of their travel retail offerings.
What did we think? Read on…
- Nose – Sherry, vanilla, light hazelnut or bitter almond, dried orange peel, cloves, fruity, like pear or white apricot, very sweet and honeyed
- Palate – Different than the nose indicated… some leather, bitter and then became fruity. As it settled in became nice and enjoyable with a decent mouth feel
- Finish – Long yet initially quite bitter, nutty like walnut skin
Never had a whisky that greeted us with such a wet warm whisky welcome… It was quite ‘friendly’ in a sloppy moist puppy dog kisses kind of way. Yet amusing and sweet too.
We set it aside for some time and returned to see how it had become sweaty in the covered glass. A few whiffs and sips, we decided it was worth the wait. The sweetness and initial drizzle of honey became more and more pronounced. The fruit also lightly mingled with a soft peat on the palate.
Overall we found it simple, easy to drink, uncomplicated yet eminently enjoyable.
And what would a bottle of this Aberfeldy would set you back? One can find it online at Master of Malt for approx £130.
PS If you are curious about the Dewarists… here is an ad film that provides insights into this series that ran from 2011 to 2016…
In our latest greatest adult evening, what all did we try?
- Aberfeldy 21 year 40% – This post
- Highland Park 21 year (1991) 40%
- The Glenrothes 21 year Minister’s Reserve 43%
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