Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Mojitos and muscle rub
Stated Age
08 years old
2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
61.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 nov 2017 9:48 am by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky reviews for Aberfeldy 2008 SMWS 60.26

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.50 points.

  1. dramspotter scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    it would seem to align through from nose to finish; I am not sure what recommended that it be bottled as it is, perhaps this hot peppery spirit was suitably unorthodox and didn't need taming or perhaps it was for external use only.
    • Nose
      78 78
      floral, old spice, perfume, some citrus
    • Taste
      77 77
      pretty dry spirit; repeated sips and it starts to become syrupy
    • Finish
      81 81
      medium; quite spirit driven, becomes fairly hot and chewy

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  3. nad-castle scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The nose is pleasant: plenty of sweetness, vanilla, light tropical fruits, also apricots. This continues on the palate, adding butterscotch, biscuits and vanilla custard. A little spicy and peppery perhaps in the finish (might also be a side-effect of the high ABV).
    Summary: I liked this one. Despite its low age and high ABV, it's quite drinkable, also without water!

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    very bad without water - with water a bit better - rating with water
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    I knew it was young, however, but at times I have been surprised by young whiskies (think of Kilchoman, Kilkarran WIP’s, or the soon-to-be-reviewed-here Lagavulin 8). Not this time though. The people at the SMWS selected a 8-year-old that seems to lack any sort of distillery character except from what it received from the cask. A shame, since I do not think this does right to the Aberfeldy distillery. Luckily this bottle has got a secret code…
    • Nose
      70 70
      From the word go you get an aromatic and sharp scent. It feels very young, without much, if any, cask influence. Clearly a lot of alcohol in the nose. If you do not dive your nose too deep into the glass, you can get a collection of various citrus fruits and (to my suprise) wood. Vanilla, coconut, and pepper, which are often associated with oak extraction. It stays very hot, even with water. However, it also becomes more mint-ish, with mint tea, peppermint, and aniseed. Do I even smell some muscle rub? A positive note: the wood-y notes disappeared by the addition of some drops of water.
    • Taste
      68 68
      A sharp arrival with plenty of alcohol punch, followed by drying tannins from the wood accompanied with coconut and vanilla. This certainly needs water… The alcohol storm lays down, the dram opens up and becomes very minty. Peppermint, tooth paste, mint cocktails, spearmint, mint balm, all cross my mind. I must say it is much better, but it still resembles to me simply, umm, a mixture of mojitos and muscle rub?
    • Finish
      68 68
      More from the above.

  6. Allandale scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A nice and young Aberfeldy, maybe some years longer in the cask? 
    • Nose
      Nice sweetness and fruitiness. Pineapple and bananas notes. Some citrus and mint.
    • Taste
      Nice sweetness and fruity again like: ripe oranges and bananas. When you add some drops of water more citrus sweetness and flavours.
    • Finish
      A Little bit short. Vanilla and lime notes. A peppery spiciness in the end. 

  7. Dominik scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Solid young whisky from the "Young & Spiritely" category at SMWS. I like its sweetness but obviously the whisky lacks complexity, though that's fine considering it's a single cask that had a mere eight years to age. --- http://www.dmueller.com/2017/11/26/whisky/tasting-note-aberfeldy-2008-smws-60-26-8-year-old-mojitos-and-muscle-rub/
    • Nose
      Tropical fruits, most prominently pineapple and banana, with a bit of citrus and mint which I guess the "mojito" refers to.
    • Taste
      Sweet and again fruity, ripe oranges and bananas. Although this is a young whisky bottled at 61%, the alcohol isn't biting. When you swallow, there is a peppery spiciness in the back of the throat, but it doesn't last long. Water brings out more of the sweet citric flavours (lime).
    • Finish
      Relatively brief. Sweet with vanilla and lime. The oak doesn't show itself really.

  8. dramspotter scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting notes: An intriguingly fruity nose embraced the lime and mint of a refreshing mojito with dried pineapple, sweet orange and fragrant lychee. It became more floral and spicy as a dusting of talcum powder mixed with the invigorating fumes of tiger balm. Sticky sweetness was abundant with vanilla syrup, boiled sweets and wine gums. The palate was full of life with the effervescence of sparkling orange juice and the teasing tingle of English mustard. A lemon and lime skin tang followed and combined with slightly under ripe mango and green bell pepper to further its juicy appeal. Finishing sweet and with fine oak sawdust it was evident this was a very moreish dram indeed. 


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