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Aberfeldy 15-year-old

Overall rating
84.93/100
votes
95
Whiskybase ID
WB142161
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Finished in Pomerol Red Wine Casks
Casknumber
Batch 2919
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
7640171034836
Added on
06 Nov 2019 8:24 pm by Astrid
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 67.62

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95 × member ratings

272 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 15-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.93 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Christmas

    While Aberfeldy is still mostly used as the heart of the popular Dewar’s blend, it was revamped in 2014 and put back on the map as a single malt. Today I try the new Limited Edition, a 15 years old that got a regular maturation on bourbon refill and re-char casks before being finished for another 5 months on Pomerol red wine casks from Bordeaux. It is the brainchild of Malt Master Stephanie MacLeod.

    The typical soft nose with a truckload of honey and red apples shows itself immediately, while the influence of the robust red wine is limited to some cinnamon, Christmas cake spices, coconut, cocoa and Maraschino cherries. If you fear the wine would dominate the soft spirit, you need not worry.

    It is soft and immediately sweet again, which is no surprise at all. The honey comes first with nougat, cherry liqueur and apricots in its wake. Hint of Reine Claude plums and gooseberries. Cinnamon with a hint of cloves. A soft peppery note and lovely touches of wood. But at no point does the malt turn winey nor oaky. This is Christmas in your glass.

    The finish is mildly drying on cocoa and nutmeg.

    Nice Aberfeldy in which the finish on wine casks brings something extra, without the loss of character of the malt. Pleasant surprise. Just 60 EUR? This one can go under the Christmas tree.

  2. MVDW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Drunk during a tasting last Sunday. Surprisingly tasty! Soft sweet, honey, caramel fudche, slightly spicy. Very accessible. The wine finish certainly doesn't hurt this whisky.

    This whisky actually deserves to be bottled at a higher alcohol percentage (46+) !!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. hawk31 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Strong cherry flavor, like the sweetened morello cherries from the glass. Grandma's Danube wave with vanilla, caramel, gummy, slightly grassy. He is something for the sweet fraction, very sweet pleasant and extremely fruity nose, nice intense with many red and light fruits. The vanilla underlines the fruitiness and milk chocolate comes with some oak. Very subliminally a bit mineral, with the addition of herbs.

    Taste: mild and oily, then sweet again, this is really a Gummibärchentüte in the glass: D then the oak comes to the sweet fruit with slight dryness, incredibly tasty with strong, balanced aromas. The oak is much stronger at the second sip, now with cocoa and a lot of chocolate.

    Departure: The first sip is quite short, the second time the oak beats: seasoning, cocoa, espresso with dark malt, forest honey. It is drier but still very tasty and pleasant.

    Mhhh delicious malt, incredibly mild, tasty and fruity without being too lax. These wine barrels have done to me at the time simply, you can tell the bourbon barrel but also by the strong vanilla which fits great with the fruits.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    I often find off putting leather notes in those wine casks, a bit like boiled cabbage, then dark fruits, toffee, pretty basic but ok

  5. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet, gummy bears, red fruits, a little honey, vanilla
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, red fruits, mild, light grapes, vanilla, some oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      Mild, sweet, oak, vanilla, medium length

  6. Dris scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Serious cask issues concerning mildew. This whisky has all the worst notes a wine cask can add, for me
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      62 62

  7. claymore84 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-03-2021.

  8. tangtang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    quite palatable malt. Soft and fruity sweet in profile. It's perfectly alright.
    • Nose
      sweet and fruity, some caramel, honey, apple, red berries, malt, quite soft,
    • Taste
      fruity sweet, malt, some chocolate, caramel, dark berries, later becoming slightly dry.
    • Finish
      rather short, sweet, fruity, malty, chocolate, dark fruits, honey, later very slightly bitter and dry

  9. Marcel74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Aged in pomerol red wine barrels
    • Nose
      Fresh, flowers, aromatic, grapes, fruit, honey, sweet,
    • Taste
      Fresh, juicy, grapes, wine, later honey and sweet, apricot, cherries, vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium

  10. ea teasse scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    First things first: I like it. However, it is a bit on the light side for me. I like a little more punch in my whisky. That doens't mean I don't enjoy this though. I think this is a nice accesible dram and a good wine finish. I'm not too keen on finishes and certainly not the winey ones, but this one is kinda nice.

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