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Overall rating
89.86/100
votes
120
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
06.06.1993
Bottled
21.06.2018
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Puncheon
Casknumber
4054
Number of bottles
444
Strength
58.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 18/031
Barcode
5020613068445
Added on
01 Sep 2018 11:41 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 579,40

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120 × member ratings

166 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 1993 GM

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.86 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The Aberfeldy 21 was after the Glenfarclas 12 my second bottle of whisky, which I bought myself. At the time on the recommendation of a buddy who has been dealing with whisky for a long time. For a newcomer was the 21er certainly ever a house number, but not to compare with this bottling here. This one is much more complex, bulky, voluminous and interesting. Especially lovers of cask strength bottlings from the sherry cask will get their money's worth with this whisky. Cost is a good keyword: for just under 200 euros you get a lot of whisky: 25 years, single cask, sherry puncheon (not the butt!), Grasp 58.8% and a color that pleases the eye. At Glendronach one pays 320 Euros or more. That does not have to be! This bottle is in any case equal to the Glendronach Single Casks. Maybe the distillery Aberfeldy will find a few more friends with this bottling of GM, that's definitely to be desired. 90 points from me and a clear buy recommendation (y)
    • Nose
      92 92
      Dark sherry, dark chocolate, at least 70%, more 85%. A touch of coffee and espresso, with a delicate touch of cinnamon or candy. Slight notes of vanilla (!) Join in, as do red fruits like cherries or red raspberries. The alcohol is quite present, a two drops of water are good for him, he opens something up and gets a bit more fruity. Notes of butterscotch and lavender are still to be heard. Very interesting
    • Taste
      92 92
      Wow! Shove on !! Old Scot! The alcohol is very present in the first few seconds, but disappears quite quickly and there is a very oily, almost creamy, warm mouthfeel. Now dominated by the chocolate, paired with light hints of nuts, darker fruits such as plums and blackberries are to taste. After some time the Aberfeldy becomes more and more lovely in the mouth. There is hardly any bitterness to be heard. Everything is very well balanced and the stormy start of the 58.8% is long forgotten.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Very pleasant, very warming and balanced. No false mark is recognizable. The delicate bitterness and pleasing sweetness alternate with sherry. Slowly, the posterior tongue becomes slightly more bitter, while at the tip of the tongue, the sweetness of the fruit can be maintained for some time. I would describe the departure as "long". After 5-6 minutes he is still quite present in the mouth. The tip of the tongue slowly dries and it leaves a very agreeable conglomeration of sweetness, fruit, chocolate and delicate bitterness in the mouth. Gorgeous!

  2. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A nice sherry finesse with this class that I love.
    A profile that I like because there is no excess ...
    It is well done, it's good but a bit expensive and dry.
    • Nose
      The first fragrances surprise me on hazelnuts, dried fruits and pear liquor.
      Then all this disappears to give way to a waxy wood, precious, honey of acacia, vanilla, red fruits (light).
      Finally some floral notes wander in the glass with also what I do not know what cooked meat (???)
    • Taste
      The mouth is dry despite the perfect balance.
      There is always this waxy wood, precious with red fruits, some spices and vegetal notes.
    • Finish
      Average length on licorice and spices first and then on the vegetable and vanilla woody with a few drops of coffee with milk.

  3. steinrich scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An incredibly voluminous and intense sherry bottling. This Aberfeldy presents itself extremely complex and varied and I like it very well. Only the sometimes very dominant bitter and tart notes do not match the wonderfully fruity and sweet nose ...

    23/23/22/22 (90P)
    • Nose
      Dark amber shimmers dimly in the Premium Snifter, dried berries and grapes rise while syrupy drops adhere to the glass wall. Velvety vineyard peach and caramelised sugar blend together, apricots and scraps of dried orange peel fall into sweet toffee and rasp of milk chocolate. Malt and vanilla, a touch of espresso and sour cherries, herbs and yellow fruits, my salivation is abruptly stimulated. The creamy milk chocolate turns into tart dark chocolate, the alcohol is voluminous, but harmoniously integrated. Sugar candy comes on, the peach flavor is becoming more velvety and intense. Chocolate! Now the full load of chocolate comes out. This nose is incredibly complex and complex!
      Edit, with minimal water addition, the Aberfeldy nasal looks much creamier and velvety. The dried grapes and berries are much better off with the caramelized sugar, the voluminous peach and chocolate notes get more into the background.
    • Taste
      Spicy wood notes strike with voluminous alcohol on the palate, dark chocolate and dark black espresso combine to a bitter and bitter combination, minimal woodiness and black pepper to advantage. Raisins and lightly burnt sugar in combination with herbs and spices end pleasantly dry on the tip of the tongue. This Aberfeldy screams for water, which he should also get in the form of a few drops of still water. A short nosing again, then the next sip follows. The Aberfeldy also has a milder and creamier taste after a minimal addition of water, whereby the dried berries in the form of raisins and dates are much more intense. Astonishingly, the bitter and bitter notes of espresso and dark chocolate are also increasing. Voluminous draws heat through the palate, the reverberation starts at the same moment.
    • Finish
      For a long time rested chubby warmth on the palate, tart and subtle bitter espresso notes sticking to the tongue. the mouthfeel gets creamier, the dried sherry flavors start to look up. Slowly the aftertaste of spicy and slightly bitter oak tones is dominated, caramelized sugar mixes with old walnuts and herbs. The mouth becomes drier and bitter, the bitter notes increase noticeably and remain for a felt eternity with the voluminous heat in memory.

  5. Holle525 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    The best Aberfeldy I've ever had. Great body and well-integrated alcohol. Largely without blemish and blame.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    What a grenade. Wonderful sweet fruit and just the right amount of wood influence. Absolutely my thing and unfortunately much too expensive.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Full flavor, ripe, sweet fruits, orange, apricots, sultanas, pastries, marzipan, neat dark chocolate, cloves, herbs, cereals, biscuits, malt coffee, Antica Formula.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Again full and sweet, with cocoa, herbs, prunes, sultanas, marzipan, sugar beet syrup, cane sugar and oak spice.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and sweet, with dark fruit, syrup and cocoa. In the finish, the oak comes out a little more clearly.

  7. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It's rare to find a good independent Aberfeldy.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Elegant, well-defined sherry mixed with dry leaves, tobacco, leather, and black tea. Definitely some smoke here. Charred and medicinal. Sharp herbalness.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Layers of flavors, with great complexity. Some dried fruits mixed with dried, burnt wood, dark chocolates with bitter cherry, and with an interesting, metallic tinge. This is superb.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Length finish. The sweetness from the sherry is very pronounced. The complexity carries through to the end. Love it.

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very chocolaty, also fruity in the mouth and nice and dry. A perfect malt not overly squeezed by the sherry! Water opens it nicely.

  10. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Color: Copper.

    Nose: A robust, lengthy sherry maturation. The G&M notes on the label speak of cinnamon, which you certainly pick up. It's accompanied by wood spice and chocolate. It's reminiscent of dark chocolate infused with chili pepper. A weakened version of cherry cough syrup that I often find in older sherry drams. Water doesn't do much extra for me with respect to the aroma.

    Mouth: The sherry profile continues to be very apparent; unfortunately, so are the wood and the alcohol (the latter is specific to when it's consumed neat). Even when I add water, I'm a bit let down on the palette. It's just not that pleasant of a dram for me. For these sorts of flavors, I generally prefer a more viscous texture, as well.

    Finish: Drying when neat, otherwise normal.

    Comments: A bit disappointing given what some of the prominent reviewers and Whiskybase have said about this. It's also somewhat aggravating that G&M has increased prices basically across the board since they had their re-branding last year (including the unfortunate consolidation of the Connoisseurs Choice line and the Cask Strength one, the latter consistently producing affordable and terrific bottles). On the other hand, it's pretty rare and impressive to see an independently bottled Aberfeldy at all, not to mention of this age.

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