Aberfeldy 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
Bottle code
L15341ZA000 0939
Added on
13 Dec 2014 4:11 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 152.21

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261 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 21-year-old

59 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.80 points

  1. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. bvrsky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. Samwise2020 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    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

  9. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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