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Aberfeldy 21-year-old

Overall rating
85.00/100
votes
346
Whiskybase ID
WB62320
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Casks; Refill Hogsheads;Sherry Butts
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Individual Bottle Numbers
Bottle code
L15341ZA000 0939
Barcode
5000277003563
Added on
13 dec 2014 4:11 pm by z-imaging
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 159.62

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346 × member ratings

989 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 21-year-old

70 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.00 points

  1. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The smoke surprises me a little. I would not have thought. The nose is complex and very beautiful. Perhaps one or two percent of alcohol would have done well in the mouth. Still, he's good.
    • Nose
      The first Aberfeldy and the 21 year old. I'm curious. The color in the snifter is a dark straw gold. Slowly thick legs form from the oily rim on the glass, which leisurely steer downwards. OK. Interesting. Perfumed soap that smells of flower meadows. I don't have any classic Sherry notes at first. The alcohol is not at all in the foreground, you can stick your nose deep into the glass and nothing burns in it. The first fruits come after the flower meadow. Red ripe apples are in the foreground, behind it is a sweetness. Now the flower meadow is moving towards the heath association, similar to what I had in my nose with the HP 12 and also a little with the Glen Garioch 12y. After the first sip, I think I have a very, very light smoke note in the nose. The orange notes appear more behind it, this could be the sherry barrel influence.
    • Taste
      Nice first oily mouthfeel. A sweetness at the beginning, the heather swings with your nose. Then comes a peppery spiciness that ends in oak. In the front of the teeth, the mouth becomes a little drier. The next sip I have the smoke here too, a balanced mouthfeel between sweetness and spiciness.
    • Finish
      The oak that I had in my mouth at the end also moves down the palate. At the very end, I feel like I notice a little smoke. Can this be? Now the second time, a delicate dark chocolate is added that lasts a little longer.

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    Not a bottle I'd usually reach out for, but I don't mind a dram either. The nose is quite decent, featuring orchard fruits, toffee and ginger. On the palate, honey, apricots and hints of grass are overtaken by intense spices. It's a bit thin and watery. Sour apples, nutmeg and cinnamon fade in the dry and tannic finish. Invest more into the whisky and less into the packaging, and this malt will shine.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE

  3. MrDvorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Quite watery but fruity, sweet, very mild
    w/ notes of peach jam and olive oil along with ginger and grapefruit fresh.

    RATING: 83pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  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. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. Speedo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Pleasantly round and sweet, the alcohol is barely noticeable. Grass and floral notes. Vanilla and sweet and sour fruits.
    • Taste
      Creamy, tasty, mild, caramel and vanilla. The floral notes are repeated.
    • Finish
      Relatively short and almost liqueur-like. The sweetness remains around mouth for a whole time.

  7. kofima scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I'm very positively surprised, because I really like the whisky, it breathes old and old from everything you associate with classic old malt. The 40% is just about okay and one can only guess what the 46% could do.
    • Nose
      Sweet and spicy, a little honey, dusty leather, smells a bit like an antiquarian bookshop, only a little fruit, maybe a little orange, rather musty, pleasant, cosy, time-honored. This is how you imagine an old whisky.
    • Taste
      These rather dull, musty leather aromas also come into play in the mouth, oranges, oak, dusty wood, bergamot, tart, for 40% stronger than expected.
    • Finish
      The finish is tart, orange peel, wood, leather, and unfortunately rather short with minimal menthol and a hint of smoke.

  9. ailean scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Seldom have the 40% destroyed a whisky so much for me, there would definitely have been a lot to gain with a few percent more. So then unfortunately any average, well drinkable, but it doesn't have to be.
    • Nose
      Lots of yellow fruit, quite sour, dried grass, some honey, overripe mango, some oak in the background joins in, rather light and creamy from the overall profile, pleasant and unspectacular, the first sip strengthens the aromas in the nose a little, which is what I find I add a little lovage, spice
    • Taste
      the first impression is thin and rather watery, slightly sweet, here too yellow fruit paired with spicy and dry oak, mango, acid tingles in the mouth, sweetness lingers on the palate, really rarely experienced such a thin whisky, it really suffers from the 40 %, which means that the individual, very pleasant aromas are unfortunately not properly staged.
    • Finish
      Creamy, almost waxy, it becomes tart, a slight hint of grapefruit, the mouth is coated for quite a long time, although the aromas themselves don't last too long

  11. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A lot of potential was wasted on this Aberfeldy. After a really nice, fruity-sweet and ripe nose, it is then much too thin on the palate, almost watery. That would definitely have needed a higher alcohol content.
    • Nose
      First a dominant orange with lots of honey. Behind it old oak. Later on, peaches, ripe pears, honeydew melon and a hint of marzipan are added to the orange.
    • Taste
      Oily and very mild with a slight sweetness. At first almost watery on the tongue, then honey, pears and vanilla. Towards the end a light peppery flavor. Overall much too thin.
    • Finish
      A light spice with soft oak wood notes and dark chocolate remains on the palate for a medium-long time.

  13. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. manmathiou scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. bvrsky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Gives more taste than the nose suggests. I find it pretty amazing how soft it is.
    • Nose
      First a little woody, dusty, grain, then herbs, a little grassy, lemon peel, honey
    • Taste
      Amazingly soft and oily / buttery on the palate. Does he even have alcohol? The herbs are back at the start, the honey sweetness is more concise, grain, the lemons became oranges, but very subtle, not too sweet cookie dough, removes the spiciness of oak.

  18. TP_Wtr scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    So I was already disappointed. Isn't really an increase to the 12 y. The whisky is fine and definitely delicious in the garden in the summer, but something like that doesn't work with the price. Thin, watery and unfortunately not very complex.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Full load of apples, heather, honey and citrus. Otherwise there is not much going on, but it smells very appealing.
    • Taste
      79 79
      very flat and watery, not nice at all. Here too, apple, light spice and citrus in the mouth, sweet.
    • Finish
      78 78
      short and not very intense. Minimal oak

  20. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  21. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    40 °! What a pity! It is drunk without worry, it's nice if you like water with a little taste of scotch.
    Nothing to say about the presentation, will please those who receive it as a gift, at least until they taste it.

  22. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  23. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  24. Stef89 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Actually quite tasty and above all quite full-bodied for the 40%.
    However, it has little variety of flavors to offer and they are relatively flat.

    For the price? No thanks.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Actually a nice bourbon barrel nose. Cereals, cookies, shortbread.
      Some citrus fruits and then fresh cereals.
      A slight alcohol bite, actually. It's not nice with an otherwise mild malt.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The start is not bad for 40% and the mouth is filled. A nice note of forest honey comes through. Herbs are in the honey. Orange zests and sweet pastries again.
      Yeast dough and shortbread are back.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The finish is quite short and unspectacular. The oak comes across quite uneasily. A slight bitterness resonates. Otherwise there is a nice sweetness and the orange zest.

  25. dramidaris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  26. 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

  27. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  28. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  29. 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.
    www.passionduwhisky.com
    • 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.

  30. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

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

  31. 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. 

  32. Othorion scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  33. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2016/06/13/aberfeldy-21-yo-2015-ob-40/
    • Nose
      N: fin da subito sembra un whisky ‘classico’, con un’accezione positiva dell’aggettivo: molto profondo, maturo e aperto, privo di note alcoliche (d’altro canto, è solo a 40%), tutto giocato tra note di brioche appena sfornata, di fette biscottate calde, di cioccolato al latte e vaniglia… Ma non si pensi a una monodimensionalità dolciaria: la quota di botti ex-sherry dev’essere stata bella importante, con suggestioni chiare di frutti rossi (ciliegie, lamponi), un velo di tabacco da pipa (molto dolce); uvetta, in grande quantità (e le prugne secche?), ed anche un po’ di frutta secca tostata (arachidi). C’è anche un cicinin di erbaceo e mentolato (ma proprio un cicinin, eh). Molto piacevole, davvero un naso rotondo e… classico.
    • Taste
      P: se tanti, online, criticano la scelta di imbottigliare a 40% (e, intendiamoci: anche noi preferiremmo sempre una gradazione più alta, ma siamo dei rompiballe, si sa), onestamente a noi non pare particolarmente scarico, e il corpo ci sembra certo non esplosivo ma nel complesso accettabile. Siamo subito piacevolmente colpiti da una nota molto nitida di cera, in avvio: proprio cera d’api, ma anche miele, di quelli non troppo dolci… Ci stupisce proprio che sia così compostamente ‘amaro’, con perfino una suggestione episodica di propoli. Sullo sfondo si agitano ancora il cioccolato, la frutta secca tostata, un velo ancora di frutta rossa (molto meno evidente che al naso, però), di uvetta. Che bella sorpresa!, mostra una complessità inattesa e resta molto piacevole da bere. Verso il finale mostra anche una venatura affumicata…
    • Finish
      F: il finale non è lunghissimo, pagando forse dazio – qui sì – alla gradazione bassa: tutto su miele, uvetta ed un velo di fumo.

  34. BehindSpace scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  35. LuLeKock did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Delicious, tasty, decently aged whisky. Nothing special, not overly complex.
    • Nose
      Clear notes of honey, light caramel, fresh fruits - most likely raspberries, noticeable spiciness of the wood
    • Taste
      Initial honey sweetness is quickly superimposed by an oak spicy note. In the course of time sweetness will be more fruity this time
    • Finish
      dry oak, followed by some fruity - for me most likely fresh lychee, exotic fruits, then echoes of milk chocolate.
      Medium in the mouth

  36. mr_braun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting as a sample, buying bottles is rather out of the question for me. Quite delicious, but could be quite boring in the long run.
    • Nose
      Heather paired with fruity notes (apples, peaches), very mild, honey sweetness
    • Taste
      Vanilla notes, fruity, light oak spice paired with honey.
    • Finish
      Departure only short to medium long, certainly due to the low alcohol strength.

  37. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  38. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    it´s a pity that some producers are so stubborn enough to refuse bottling their stuff at at least 43%.
    the whisky world wants it!
    this would be a real belter at 46%. at this strength I will not buy a bottle although I really like it. ha!!!
    88/100
    • Nose
      it´s what they call a "classy" profile with lots of ripe fruit, mostly oranges but there´s also ripe apples and pears. whiffs of beeswax and honey. danish pastry. very good so far!
    • Taste
      really good and wonderfully balanced. perfect harmony between malt, pastry, apples and pears, some dried fruits, beeswax and hints of cinnamon.
      creamy mouthfeel and despite the low ABV is´ not weak at all, though of course I´d love to taste this at 46%.
    • Finish
      medium, spicy and a little oaky

  39. Lorion scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    All in all, very pleasant. I spontaneously give him 80 points, but I have to do it again for a final judgment - with time.
    • Nose
      Interesting vanilla flavor, a little barrel and honey.
    • Taste
      Full and intense (despite the 40%!) While being soft and elegant.
    • Finish
      Pretty long and intense.

  40. Bosi scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    Unfortunately, this filling after the good nose decreases a lot. Here a few percent by volume would have done very well. For 21 years a little disappointment.
    • Nose
      The very fine nose has traces of vanilla, honey, apple, pear and some Earl Gray tea and clove. The whole thing is very well balanced.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is pretty watery. Also in terms of taste, the whisky stays behind the nose. Tea meets pepper, red apples and pepper.
    • Finish
      The finish is short to medium. It remains the pepper, allspice and consistently the tea aroma.

  41. Macheye did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Close your eyes and you're sitting in a comfy worn leather chair surrounded by shelves of ancient leather-bound tombs whilst honey bees flit around the gentle smoke of your delicate cigar. A florid description if ever there was one – allow me to elucidate properly: Immediate warm and waxy honey aromas merge with very woody notes of tanned leather, furniture polish and pencil shavings. There’s slight orange marmalade for sweetness and an underlying sweet and savoury herb note, possibly nettles or even dill leaves. Subtle spicing from very light pepper, cinnamon and musk provide further intrigues. I could nose this for hours – and indeed have.

    Full tasting notes: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/aberfeldy/aberfeldy-21-year-old/

  42. uap304 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The bottle started off really great, then became more underwhelming.  Oh well! 
    • Nose
      Raspberry, licorice, vanilla, faint sherry.  Mostly sweet honey and malt.
    • Taste
      "Smooth" and under-powered.  Quite sweet and well-matched to the nose, spicy vanilla.
    • Finish
      Turning sour.  Oak, hazelnut, chocolate and caramel.

  43. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. Gaija scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    What a shaaame. Seriously, bottle this at cask strenght and NCF, and I'll be buying it even at double the price if that allows the palate and finish to deliver as beautifully as the nose. As is, I just can't trash it totally because it's a real pleasure to sniff, but the rest is, ... well, you got it.
    • Nose
      Actually a bloody good nose with a lot of presence. All things bees-related : from flowery honey to parquet wax, lacquered wood, bananas, rhum-raisin ice cream. But also sweet-sour herbs like dill. Propolis everywhere. Feels deep. I'm extremely charmed so far.
    • Taste
      Why, god why would you bottle that at 40%. Honestly, it just falls flat. Watery, no real texture what so ever. Slightly woody, herbal and honeyed. Balanced, sure, and enjoyable, yes, but miles away from what the nose promised.
    • Finish
      Unsurprisingly short, doesn't bring much else. Not unpleasant at all mind you, just a bit frustrating.

  45. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Interesting and diverse in the constituent Moltov, the age is already quite mature, there is depth and richness, interesting vegetable notes that are well inscribed in the overall picture, there is only one defect, it is obvious and simple - a low fortress, hence some lethargy and wateriness, lack of capacity, potentially could get much better, do not regret the manufacturer 10-12 degrees over the existing one.
    • Nose
      Wet, cool, mineral - raw crushed stone, masonry mortar; cut apple peel, carrot juice, fresh sliced ​​beet, in the background honey-floral notes, sweetness and herbal tones, vegetable oil, deep-fried vegetables.
    • Taste
      Light, sweetish-oak, soft, juicy, pulp of mango, overripe tropical fruits, fruit puree, sweet potato, vegetable tones, sweet carrots and turnips.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste, caramel colors, greens, rhubarb jam, lemon peels in syrup.

  46. dRambo scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Nose: honey sweet, floral like sweet lilac blossoms, herbal herbaceous, hidden oak notes that flash only briefly until you have found them at some point and then no longer loses, nuts, removes phenolic smoke .. after a while in the glass the floral notes gain the upper hand - it smells of spring
    Taste: sweet, tasty, warming, balanced, non-alcoholic, oak almost without acidity, exotic fruits like mango, passion fruit, sweet grapefruit .. the Dram is really delicious
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  47. Noface83 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    From the "old" Aberfeldy before the design change, I was very pleased. The new differs only in nuances and is fortunately in no way inferior to him. Again, full load of oranges, honey and oak. Was in the predecessor a bit more age (wood polish) in the nose, the current 21er offers more spice and length in the finish.
    Still a great whisky for a reasonable price but with only 40% and E150 addition has two thick minus points.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  48. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  49. Abadon05 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    For me so far the roundest Aberfeldy. Especially the nose and the taste to please. Although missing in the end a little complexity. Compared to the nose he is a bit flat I have to say. But a 21er for around 90 ¬ so what do you want more today? The distillery runs a bit under the radar so you should definitely try it and for the price certainly no loss.
    • Nose
      A pleasant light spice in combination with lemon and a lot of orange. So the nose makes you want more. Very little grain and toffee. The orange and the lemon are very well connected and overall well integrated. With time comes a bit of leather, candle wax and the sulfur. But very small and you have to smell it several times. Overall, fruity.
    • Taste
      Very cute. Orange and candle wax. Good comes to the old 12er ran. Slight sulfur, but not unpleasant. Light spice.
    • Finish
      Medium. Honey and cereals in combination with the orange. The sweetness disappears, instead gives a slight bitterness and it makes a dryness in the mouth wide. The fruitiness remains a bit behind. The sherry is also slightly noticeable.

  50. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    From the nose one might think that will be a very nonsensical number, from the label (40%) a very thin. When it comes to taste and finish but then so detailed the barrel, that nothing is tasty and the 40% for comfortable not too little (more would be too woody, bitter for the occasional bon vivant. Acts something like a compromise that tastes quite acceptable to me, but would not be worth 90 €.
    • Nose
      sweet and fruity - orange, canned peach, overripe banana, vanilla, honey, some cinnamon ... a bit spicy in the background, hay, herbs, but quite mild, not bitter
    • Taste
      a bit bitter, spicy, bitter orange, pepper, but there is also something creamy, milk chocolate, hazelnut cream
    • Finish
      rather long, this is where the wood strikes, pepper, old kitchen herbs, ricola, cough drops

  51. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  52. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The Aberfeldy is despite his 21 years very reserved and discreet. In my opinion, it takes a while to develop its full aroma. A very fine drop, but for me rather an all-day or easy-drinking-dram.
    • Nose
      The nose begins very gently and discreetly with slightly sprittigem alcohol. Discreet notes of wood and a touch of sweet fruit are increasingly gaining the upper hand. Fine Sherry aromas and orange peel become more dominant, the nose becomes increasingly fruity. Nevertheless, the nose is very discreet and restrained.
    • Taste
      The taste also begins hesitant and restrained. Gradually spicy oak flavors and sweet fruit become more dominant. Discreetly bitter orange peels mix with the intense orange aroma. A very slight sharpness occurs.
    • Finish
      The finish surprisingly begins with very spicy wood and a certain basic sharpness. Again fruity elements flash through the oak tones. A fine bitter wood aroma dominates the end of the departure.

  53. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      65 65

  54. dRambo scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      65 65

  55. hartist scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    One can obviously regret the low abv, but as he knows so well to be forgiven ....
    • Nose
      Vegetable fragrances (flowers, plant stems, herbal tea and mint), and pastry (brioche, cereals, cream cake) dominate here, sitting on a honeyed matter that we guess sweet. Candied fruits too (citrus fruits, yes, beautiful oranges) and a touch of burnt wood.
    • Taste
      Oh, it's rich, round and mellow. And what a beautiful subject! Beautiful declination of the nose embellished with a touch of orange chocolate and a hint of earthy smoke.
    • Finish
      Persistent and warm, honeyed, grassy and especially addictive.

  56. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  57. misterbzh scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    A delight. Would suggest an aged grain whisky. A whisky from 5 to 7 as I like them
    • Nose
      Herbaceous, cut hay. Red fruits. Cake or cake with cherry. Candied fruits. Muesli cereals. Wooded grill
    • Taste
      Suave. Praline. Gingerbread. White chocolate. Butter. Always the candied fruit side
    • Finish
      Intensely long Rich and hot

  58. Gloin scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I like the smell, the taste and the finish are too shallow. That's not because of the alcohol strength, I think, that's good. The age can be felt only conditionally.
    • Nose
      Immediately the scent of oranges rises to my nose, followed by the scent of a summer meadow, hay, flowers, meadow herbs, cereals, a gentle spiciness, a little wood, vanilla, yellow fruit, banana, mirabelle plum and apple
    • Taste
      An easy onset and a creamy body are followed by a pungency of white pepper, malt, bitter orange, thyme and sage, becoming sweeter, some oak
    • Finish
      Malt, caramel, delicate bitterness, very classic, short to medium long

  59. CST1986 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A nice malt with the complex profile of
    a well-matured Highlander. Very rounded and balanced without being
    boring. Because of the low alcohol the taste and the finish is a bit
    impaired and I've got to take some points off. Price-wise, at least
    in Germany, this is a very good choice, as you get a well-matured
    whisky with a very interesting tertiary aromatic profile.
    • Nose
      Aromatic, rich, but a little bit
      diminished by the low alcohol. Very fruity: Raisins, ripe bananas,
      plums, some mango, apple compote with cinnamon and vanilla. Then
      switching to sweet malt, hazelnut and roasted chestnuts with a pinch
      of salt. Somewhat smoky with a touch of old oak. After a while the
      whisky becomes more floral and there are lovely notes of fresh mown
      lawn and soft honey.
    • Taste
      Very soft, silky attack. The complex
      impression on the nose is enhanced on the tongue. The malt is more
      bitter than I had thought, but in a pleasant way. Intense heather
      notes and a bit more smoke than before are balancing out the
      fruitiness and the strong honey flavor. The long maturation creates
      beautiful and quite complex combinations, especially on the back end
      of the palate. Unfortunately the wonderful profile is being
      outmaneuvered by the weak alcohol of only 40% Vol., which is also
      why...
    • Finish
      ...the Finish is a good deal shorter
      than it should be. What's there is very nice: Pleasantly dry, honey,
      heather, raisins and spicy oak.

  60. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  61. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    I poured a 12yo next to it to compare.

    Much darker in colour, legs are long and slow, on the 12yo they break up into beads.

    The first nosing is very simillar on these two, and it is obviouse they come from the same still, but that's where it ends.

    The cereal has become solid wood and the bitter orange has turned sweet.

    In a gentle whisky like this, what a difference those years make.
    • Nose
      Like the 12yo it has got a bit of honey and citrus/orange.

      How ever the cereal notes on the young one has been replaced by a much darker and richer smell of wood, lightly charred oak.
    • Taste
      Starts of big with an initial kick of sherry and oak.

      Then spices, lemon pepper, ending on honey.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet, not as dry as the 12yo.

  62. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blidntasting as Wichtelaktion: Comes somehow familiar. Or maybe I've had another vintage in the glass before. I'm typing on a full-year whisky from the refill sherry barrel. Maybe Old Pulteney 21 or Highland Park 18?

    Thank you Speedo
    • Nose
      Very subtle sherry odor, somewhat musty forest meadow, dried fruit, heather, citrus fruits (limonene)
    • Taste
      nice spicy, honey, the limon confirms, caramel and some wood, almonds?
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly astringent.

  63. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blind-Tasting at Adventwichteln!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  64. Segens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    70€!! Incredibly good quality for its money. Well done Aberfeldy!
    • Nose
      citrus-fruits (mandarin, lemon), honey a bit of oak, some herbs
    • Taste
      sweet start (honey) then some herbs, some fruits (less fruity than the nose) 
    • Finish
      The finish is not very long but is very nice. Not bitter at all, sweet, nice!

  65. metropolis13 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nose of Sauternes confit and slightly smoked A lot of citrus and nuts in the mouth A saline touch in the final

  66. Doctor B. scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  67. MrRancho scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    good whisky
    • Nose
      Hay, herbal tea, meadow, honey, a little vanilla
    • Taste
      Hay, cotton candy, some caramel, wood, light smoke (?)
    • Finish
      medium

  68. Glenladdie scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  69. Pdh scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Excellent balaced and elegant
    • Nose
      Balanced honey mandarin and a hint of sherry
    • Taste
      Full-body balanced but powerful sherry ans citrus
    • Finish
      Very long and balanced. Spicy and dry

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