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Aberfeldy 12-year-old

Overall rating
79.01/100
votes
366
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Bottling Batch 2905
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Label
New Label: Black and Gold
Bottle code
L15266ZAB03 2123
Barcode
5000277000982
Added on
06 Jan 2016 7:36 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 38,43

Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 12-year-old

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 79.01 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 80 points Administrator

    Here we have another workhorse of the blend industry, since most of Aberfeldy's production ends up as key component of Dewar's. The nose of this 12-year-old Highlander is unimposing, grainy and slightly acidic with apple cider, heather honey and hints of vinegar. On the palate, it arrives silky, light and malty sweet before turning more spicy and indistinctly sour in the development. A surprisingly milky aftertaste with almonds, muesli and a touch of oak rounds off the experience. It's probably not a very memorable Single Malt, but nice enough to give it a try.

    RATING: 3.0/5.0 stars ≙ 80 pts → AVERAGE
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. Gerhans scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    A much overlooked whisky.

    Aberfeldy doesn't do a lot in terms of being unique. Refreshingly enough, the brand seems to acknowledge this. It's a highlands 12 year old whisky. It isn't terribly overprized and it's good. 

    The nose is rather bland at first, but given time, develops a rather pleasant, albeit faint, maltish quality.

    Tastewise, this dram delivers quite well. Malt, honey, chocolate, a little spiciness on the back of the tongue. 

    Aftertaste is just nice and rather warming, with nuts, milk chocolate, vanilla and honey. 

    As stated below, not very memorable, but still a great mid-week dram, a good addition to any whisky cabinet and above all else a great introduction. This is the first dram I pick to give friends to enthuse them into exploring beyond their terrible "i love whisky, I drink Jack Daniels all the time" mindset.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      75 75

  3. Headhunter666 scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      71 71

  4. SweetPeat scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I like him. Uncomplicated and easy to drink. Good PLV, could be a bit stronger, but even so it is a nice "Daily Dram"
    • Nose
      81 81
      Very sweet, a lot of honey, vanilla, heather, apple, little oak
    • Taste
      81 81
      Clear heather, honey, oak, ripe apple, spicy herbaceous
    • Finish
      78 78
      Rather short (3/10) and tender spicy

  5. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    I think this might be perfect for anyone who prefers smooth whiskies, for people that normally drink blends, or maybe to start a whisky tasting session. Do not get me wrong, this is pretty good, but personally I would not buy a bottle. There is certainly no harm in taking a shot if you want to have an easy evening without any challenges.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Opens with the floral side of honey and barley sugar. It is extremely friendly and maybe a little bit too flat. Gentle notes of cashew nuts, macaroons, biscotti, cake and butterscotch. There are not many things in the nose that displeases me, no rough edges, no exciting turns, you get it.. it might be slightly boring. Oh and Please do not add water, chances are that you drown it.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Honey, toffee and barley sugar. A good balance from the start (again stay clear from water) with gentle notes of sweetness and floralness (florality?). Wether’s Original, a hint of sunflower oil and seeds, and it gets a bit of a bitter edge in the finish. Could be something like amaretto liquor, but we are not sure because it does not stay long.
    • Finish
      81 81
      More of the above.

  6. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      75 75

  7. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Very nice for the summer. Good to offer him absolute newbies in the subject of whisky. To be honest, too characterless, he has nothing surprising, nothing offensive and for me, unfortunately, nothing memorable.
    • Nose
      Flower meadow in early spring, meadow honey and a little overripe orange. Barley malt, peach and elderberry
    • Taste
      very watery in the mouth. Honey in which a vanilla pod was briefly inserted. A sip of caramel, with a dash of peach liqueur. A light hay.
    • Finish
      very short and sweet, tastes of diluted caramel salt

  8. matts scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Character: A light, unspectacular and slightly boring standard. Malt, cereals, honey and vanilla. Somehow as a short mixture, but without lasting impression. Rating: Can you have tried, but you do not necessarily. The Aberfeldy 12 "runs" really well, but the taste is just not enough for me. All those looking for a non- peaty, non- fruity, non- oak, non- marly, non- maritime malt that combines malt, vanilla, and gnawed camp apples in a drinkable way are all right. But I do not need it again in the glass: 75 points .
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: cereals, malt, honey, vanilla, alcohol, herbs Description: Grain, malt and honey initially dominate so strongly that almost nothing is perceived otherwise. In any case, there are significantly fewer fruit flavors than hoped and expected. The alcohol is initially a bit pungent. Over time, however, the drop develops a bit. A slightly sweetish vanilla joins the grain-honey mix and finally I can grab the somehow existing fruit note. I suddenly remember my childhood: my grandparents used to store old apple varieties over the winter. The aroma of long-stored, lightly flavored old apples really resonates here. Natural and with the tendency cider. Incidentally, the initial feeling of pungent alcohol changes over time into a kind of kräutrige freshness. Heather - with the proviso that next time in the north I have to smell it again to refresh my memory.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: malt, cereals, sweetness, vanilla, spice Description: Surprisingly mild and supple, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. And then, first of all, nothing [...] happens? Absolutely remarkable: the sip is passé without having left serious taste marks. Error in the matrix? Hard to believe. I can't be that hard-damaged yet. Ergo second attempt, that is, second sip. Combined with a deliberately long hold in the mouth. The taste is still surprisingly low. But after all, something happens at all: malt, cereals, a mini touch of vanilla and a slightly creamy sweetness clash briefly and even provide for the time of a blink of an eye even a certain spiciness in the mouth. Everything is creamy and far away from unpleasant. But all very simple, unspectacular and extremely volatile. I can hardly believe the drop in taste, as fast as it is gone again.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: malt, cereals, sweetness, vanilla Description: The finish is rather short. At best, medium. Malt, cereals, a slightly sweet undertone and a subtle lingering vanilla. That's it then.

  9. Gurgi scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Aberfeldy 12YO is a quite good whisky. It’s a simple, smooth, and easy drinkable. It appears with sweet bee-wax, honey, caramel and white fruits notes on nose. The palate is sweet, waxy with honey, oak and light wood fire notes. The finish is a middle with vanilla, spices, oak, caramel, apples and wood coal dust. 

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