This is the complete opposite of the 12-year-old from a previous review. So much more potency and vibrancy, maybe even too much. Having this after the 12-year-old is probably not fair, but it shows that if Aberfeldy would find a balance between the vibrancy of this and the smoothness of their standard range, it might actually result in a high quality whisky.
A very potent nose. Lots of orange skin bitterness combined with butter and a slightly cheesy scent. The bourbon cask influence is all over the nose, however, I still detect some of the distillery’s character, albeit not much. Water add s some nuts, but not much else. I think it stays rather simple.
A bitter arrival with orange skin, which is quickly balanced by lots of buttery things. Think of butterscotch, shortbread, croissants and cake. There is a considerably welcome sweetness. Water takes it more to the toffee side, makes it smoother. Sandal wood, rice pudding, cream cheese, apples and a few drops of lemon juice.
Spicy with cloves, ginger and more orange skin.