N: In 2016 its got to be 46% but in the 60’s and 70’s, 40% was often spot on. Same story with the last two Aberfeldy’s i just polished off - WB & WB. I’ve had this Convalmore before scoring it a B-, but i had to contend with OBE. This one hasn’t got it [on the nose at least], so its blue skies thus far. So, power - check. Descriptors: paper/cardboard - so plenty of wort. Theres plenty of methylated spirit here, so thats pure ethanol really, minus the purple dye. The main impression is of a perfume however. Despite the dense body, the notes are light and ethereal. I get rose petals, potpourri, almond & cherry biscuits [another one for the cook book and back to the distillate], orange<mandarin essential oil, putty=toffee,…. ok lets dive in.
T: Oh, theres that OBE, soapy again - maybe it is the whisky and not OBE? Mouthfeel is lovely, oily=buttery, with a balanced malty=oak development. Becomes rather neutral flavour-wise yet ever solid and strong. It’s nutty for sure with a little [white] peppery chocolate, but its oaked and malty in the main.
F: Dry again, with a disappearing act,…. no not exactly - the remnants hover in the sky/on the top of the palate. Key lime pie and a little oily-industrial spirit remains.
C: Hey, it’s not a bad malt but not really what i wanted to follow the rather special 1966 Aberfeldy WB. Let me see what i have as a finale. Ooh, this will do WB
Scores a B-