Aberfeldy 21-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Stated Age
21 years old
1st Fill Casks; Refill Hogsheads;Sherry Butts
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Individual Bottle Numbers
Added on
13 Dec 2014 4:11 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 169,63

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Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 21-year-old

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.83 points

  1. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Tasted together with the 12yo. Also a nice summer dram. Good to show in a Einsteigertasting with the 12er the influence of storage time. But this does not kick me unfortunately.
    • Nose
      The 21 year old smells like a logical continuation of my little brother. The honey is darker and goes towards orange blossom honey. The fruits are darker and the peach is joined by a few raisins. The flower meadow is now in full bloom and the smell heavier.
    • Taste
      Here, too, the (almost) decade helps more in the barrel. What has unfortunately remained is the wateriness. The mouth continues the impressions from the nose, no surprising new flavors. Only here comes a spiciness that I ascribe to the influence of the barrel. 3% more would certainly do him good.
    • Finish
      a bit longer than the twelve-year-old but still short. Malty and minimal astringent oak spicy.

  2. dramidaris scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. Martin1965 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Ripe fruits, pears, oranges, honey
    • Taste
      Ripe oranges, oak, honey
    • Finish
      Long and dry

      Beautiful old drop that despite its only 40% white to please - 92 points

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Orange Blossoms

    The older version of the Aberfeldy 21 Year Old was matured exclusively on bourbon casks, but this more recent release – from 2014 – has some sherry matured whisky in the mix.

    The nose is rather closed. A get loads of barley and dark honey, but not much else. It takes a while before it shows its true colors. Hint of chewing tobacco, candied orange peel and some floral elements. Orange blossoms. There is a lovely dusty side to it though, as if I am in the attic.

    Unfortunately the arrival is pretty weak. The fruitiness now translates mostly into blood oranges, grapefruit and sultanas. A touch of woodspice with cinnamon and nutmeg in the lead, followed by some ginger and liquorice. Hint of chocolate and apricot marmalade.

    The finish is disappointingly short. It starts fairly sweet and pleasant, but quickly turns somewhat bitter.

    I believe this malt would fare much better at 43 or even 46% ABV. At the current strength it is all pleasant and well, but rather thin.

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  6. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. matts scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Character: A multi-faceted summery, fruity malt that comes along with a neat intensity. In the ever-intriguing breadth of single malts, the Aberfeldy 21y is a protagonist of understated balance and restraint for me. Quasi a counterpoint to spicy intensity monsters or complexity monsters. As always with Aberfeldy you should like juicy oranges, honey and oak. Rating: This bottling is not easily recognizable in the direct comparison as the flagship of the Aberfeldy Core Range. The 21y is much more varied and balanced than the 12y and the 16y. I especially like the beautiful, relaxed old oak. It really harmonizes nicely with the oranges and cereal notes. The overall profile does not draw me completely and completely under the spell and especially the finish could be a bit more exciting, but I like it. And every now and then it may also be summery and a little more sensitive. I have 87 points today.
    • Nose
      Basic Flavors: Citrus, Grain, Malt, Fruits, Spices, Essential Oils, Honey Description: The drop drips slowly from the rim back into the glass. Immediately ripe, juicy oranges, orange oil, tangerines and ripe apples are noticeable in the nose. There is a lot of grain and malt, some honey and beeswax. A spicy freshness and a hint of sherry blow through the glass. In any case, a few raisins come into their own. This is joined by a beautiful, solid oak - not entirely of the genus, but in any case in the direction of "old Bibiliothek". A very successful, balanced and quite interesting nose. Fruity and summery and with a beautiful, calm, old oak. The alcohol is really nicely involved. The nose definitely makes you want to taste it.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: citrus fruits, cereals, malt, fruits, oak, honey, vanilla, description: The drop gently laps around the tip of the tongue. Against the background of ripe, juicy oranges unfold beautiful grain and malt aromas. In contrast to the 16y and especially 12y, this filling is not only sweet, but pleasantly sweet-tart. Tangerines and peaches complete the basket of fruit and very slowly and calmly brings a noticeable older oak a nice tart woody taste and a little vanilla. The vanilla flavors are far from as striking as the 12er. Overall, it is much nuttier and set to taste here, as compared to the younger representatives of the core range. In the transition to the finish there is finally some cocoa powder. Overall, the taste is really a nice, round thing: soft, fruity and with a receding, but always present old oak.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: citrus, oak, cereals, almonds Description: The finish is medium long. In fact, an end to the taste, without adding a special touch. In other words, oranges, slightly tart oak and cereals sound like. On top of that, almonds also resonate with it.

  8. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful whisky, I dare imagine what could have given a less diminished version ... mhmmhhhh! Very well done and affordable, I recommend. Very easy drinkable.
    • Nose
      Nose: Very aromatic, sweet, with a lot of honey. Freshness lemon.Fruits fresh, caramel. Something a little earthy. Frankly very pleasant. This side gluttony creamy. Lemon will be added orange, malt and candied fruit. Christmas Cake, tangerine.
    • Taste
      Palate: In the mouth we find this round, fat, enveloping, which will pass in silence its strong reduction. For aromas, no problem, these are those of the nose. Well balanced, no defects. This aspect gingerbread, candied fruit, a hint of ginger to give a little spice.
    • Finish
      Finale: Volatile spices, slightly dry, orange peel. Herbs.

  9. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of peatbogger. 
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    At 40% this fairs a little bit better than the 12 and 18. It's a decent dram but I expected something more and a bit special. 
    • Nose
      Brown sugar, bran flakes, raisins and dryed orange mixed with chocolate bits. For 21 the nose isn't that strong. Really had to walk from room to room swirling and sniffing outside in the garage. Really had to work on it. 
    • Taste
      As I remember this tastes a bit more rounded than the 18. A bit more spiciness to it. Orange cake and honey. Just a little bitterness in there that doesn't ring true. Apricot jam on brown toast. 
    • Finish
      The finish isn't much to shout about, just some more of that honey. It fades fairly quickly. 


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