Aberfeldy #UNRAVEL

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Tuscan Red Wine Cask Finish
Number of bottles
56.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
24 Oct 2012 12:04 am
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 390,48

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21 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy #UNRAVEL

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.21 points

  1. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Color: Copper

    Nose: The wine dominates on first blush, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. Big wood spice, varnish. I know from the bottle information that it's a Tuscan red wine finish, but if you had just told me it's sort of a typical, contemporary sherry seasoning, I wouldn't have called you a liar. Pretty typical for that. Water mutes the spice a bit and brings out more menthol notes.

    Mouth: As expected, you feel the wood on the palette right off. There's not a ton of heat, but it's pretty drying. When consumed neat, it suffers in comparison to the nose. With water here, it's a bit better, but still nothing exceptional. The mouthfeel is a little thin.

    Finish: Drying.

    Comments: I bought this at the distillery in May of 2015 and only opened it the other day. It's very different than my other main experience with Aberfeldy, the re-launched 21 yo from about five years ago. I guess the one similarity is both are fairly meek on the palette.

    This was such an interesting one for me to taste and attempt an evaluation given how polarizing my two reference points are. I purchased this when I was much less-experienced as a whisky drinker and purchaser. Like many, one of my early guides was Jim Murray. As other commentators have pointed out, this is a high scorer in his Whisky Bible. So there's that. But I've since largely abandoned consulting him and haven't purchased a new edition of his book in a few years. The Whiskybase scores seem to reflect that many others disagree with Murray.

    I think Whiskybase gets it right here. Really not sure how Murray got this was some sort of spectacular bottling. The nose is good enough to keep this in the 80s solidly, but that's about it.

  2. Arquebus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    ...'completes the best set of single casks i have tasted from any Scottish distillery in the last four or five years...' JM Whisky Bible 96pts

  3. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      8,3 Dość ostra z nutą goździka, zboża, orzecha, dębu, miodu, brzoskwini oraz białego pieprzu.
    • Taste
      8,4 Lekko gorzka z nutami, zboża, cynamonu, wanilii, mandarynki oraz czerwonej porzeczki.
    • Finish
      8,3 Wystarczającej długości, rozgrzewający z nutą śliwki, moreli, orzecha, toffi oraz białego pieprzu.

  4. granella2003 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A really fine, bold whisky,
    which, like a great record, starts off with a bang, gets more introspective
    during the middle and then comes back in epic fashion at the end.
    • Nose
      Dusty books, white pepper and dried ginger, with a hint of winey oakiness. Some
      brazil nut/walnut dryness emerges further in. Water opens up the spiciness, with
      Indian five spice notes and a dusting of chilli. 
    • Taste
      Big hitting notes of Oloroso, some rich dates, caramelised orange peel, a dusting of cocoa and some fresh fruit notes too, including a little wild raspberry and green apple peel.
    • Finish
      An abundance of dried fruit stays
      on the palate, with a tiny hint of candied sweetness and golden syrup on the


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