Last in our “Highland Hijinks” trio was an 18 year old from Aberfeldy. For the most part, one has Aberfeldy in Dewars blends, less frequently in official bottles however they are now regularly having a 12 and 21 year bottling with the 18 year launched in 2014 for travel retail.
I often think of 18 years as being the “sweet spot” for many Scottish single malts that truly demonstrate the quality and character while still being almost affordable vs 21 years which tend to rise steeply in cost.
For many of this, we simply haven’t tried much Aberfeldy and it is increasingly rare to have “adult” age statements, so we looked forward to sampling!
And what did the Whisky Ladies think?
Aberfeldy 18 year 40%
- Nose – Spirity, brash, seemed younger, then with a little effort could start to discern some citrus orange, honey or caramel, followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon… with the nose becoming increasingly pleasant
- Palate – Simple, sweet, easy on the palate, like sipping sugar or honey water with a slight injection of fruits, some spice
- Finish – Where is the finish? Barely there
Overall we just had to admit it was a disappointment. One truly expects more from an 18 year old whisky. We found the nose had more promise then the palate was frankly… bland. Don’t get us wrong, we do appreciate a nice subtle nuanced dram, this one just didn’t have enough character to captivate our attention. Likely on its own, it may be easier to appreciate, but in a trio, it simply didn’t shine.
Talk turned to a rather crude hindi phrase which more politely could be explained as teasing but no real action. That about summed it up.
What did the Whisky Ladies sample in our night of “Highland Hijinks“?
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