- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 16 years old
- Oak Casks
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- L16 334ZA802 1455
- Added on
- 31 Aug 2015 7:20 pm by Archer
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Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 16-year-old
20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.61 points
- Classic (or generic, depending on your predisposition) soft Speyside nose, fruity and sweet. Initially it‘s all apple juice and crumbly pies, but soon additional aromas appear, hinting at the stated age of 16 years: musty wood, spices, some leather and varnish. There’s even a „dusty“ element I normally associate with Irish pot still whiskies or older Glen Morays. A pleasant and, to use an overused term, quite an elegant nose. Of course it‘s all rather soft, given the weak ABV.
In the mouth, it‘s a bit thin/watery, and due to the low bottling strength, the liquid doesn’t manage to match the diversity and depth of aromas that were promised on the nose. There‘s some sweetness and some juicy acidity, followed by soft spice and restrained bitterness. It‘s all pretty indistinct, though, and over in a heartbeat.
The short finish provides fennel and dill notes (from the wood) on a bed of juicy apple and honey (from the distillate).
A very tame and restrained malt that is hamstrung (if not outright strangled) by the low ABV. Though refill-heavy, this could really have been something (perhaps on par with the very good, and equally refill-y Glenfarclas 12) if bottled at a higher strength.
- Origin: Volker and Tschorn 22.11.2018
Aroma: Fresh fruitiness and honey, sherry and spice, very fine oak notes ... then dark fruit plum raisins
Take a deep breath of vanilla wood typical bourbon
Taste: Spicy & dark chocolate, honey and citrus
Finish: slightly watery, persistent, dry and spicy, some chocolate and coffee
Like the 12er again very malty and grainy, somewhat floral and fresh and therefore more interesting. In the mouth unfortunately similar unspectacular as the 12-year-old. Quite creamy and pleasant on the tongue with oak, vanilla and honey. Hints of orange and a little peppery. The finish is subtly bitter, a little chocolaty and slightly peppery. Not a malt that sticks in your memory and not a malt you have to have in your bar room at home. But clearly rounder than the 12 year old and good drinkable.
- A very decent dram with a reasonable price. They managed to achieve balance, but just give it enough kick to make it interesting enough to keep sipping.
Quite spicy at first. Clearly ginger. Then all kinds of yellow fruits that just have not fully ripened. Oranges, nectarines, tangerines, and some of those yellow cherries. This is followed by an upcoming sweetness to balance the spices. Butter, butterscotch and cream cheese. I think this is quite good with proper balance, but not without an edge to keep it interesting. More cookies, cake and other pastries follow, together with apricot filling, almonds and lemon icing. Very nice.
Compared to the nose, the palate is underwhelming. However when given some time it becomes more vivid with candied orange, ginger, bitter almonds, lemon skin, and grapefruit. The strength feels above the 40% and the bourbon cask does more of the talking compared to the sherry cask. Cinnamon buns, lemon curd, a hint of chocolate and raisins are also there. Everything stays friendly and calm, I mean do not expect too much thrills.
Reasonably long with hay, pastry, ginger and citrus fruits.
- The initial citrus note disappears quite fast. Like the 12er again very malty and grainy, somewhat floral and fresh and therefore more interesting. In the background one suspects sherry influence. In the mouth unfortunately similar unspectacular as the 12-year-old. Quite creamy and pleasant on the tongue with oak, vanilla and honey. Hints of orange and a little peppery. The finish is subtly bitter, a little chocolaty and slightly peppery. Not a malt that sticks in your memory and not a malt you have to have in your bar room at home. But clearly rounder than the 12 year old and good drinkable. 80 points
- Character: A solid, fruity-spicy, light and summery malt. Friends of fruity bottlings, who like oranges, vanilla and a subtle oak flavor, get their money's worth here. No peat and only a little sherry. The latter most likely still in the nose. Rating: At first glance maybe a little unspectacular, but definitely a standard that should give you a chance. Over time, a juice orange-vanilla-oak mix develops that will surely find its friends. My taste is not 100%. For me a total of 83 points : Category edible.
Basic Flavors : Fruits, Citrus, Honey, Tea, Spices, Floral, Essential Oils Description: The nose is very fruity. Apples, cider, peach and a subtle orange-lemon blend meet lots of honey and a spicy freshness. The spice note reminds me the most of cinnamon and the freshness of green tea, flower meadows and essential oils - almost in the direction of furniture polish. The alcohol is well integrated.
Basic flavors: malt, cereals, sweetness, honey, citrus fruits, vanilla, oak, licorice Description: Like the 12er applies the 16er conspicuously mild and creamy on the tip of the tongue. First, there is malt and cereals and an intense honey sweetness. Washed out with juicy, vanilla-embedded oranges. In fact, a slight spiciness comes on. White pepper and a touch of liquorice are with the party. Slowly, in the transition to the finish, an ever-drier oak comes to the fore. With nice roast and coffee flavors. The juicy oranges and vanilla are clearly preserved in the background. In the overall view, no fireworks, but quite good drinkable.
Basic flavors: citrus, vanilla, oak, chocolate Description: The finish is benevolent medium-long and a consistent continuation of the taste. Oranges, vanilla, a slightly spicy oak and some milk chocolate sound delicious.