- 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 7:33 pm by Archer
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Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 16-year-old
23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.86 points
- a solid standard.
- Oooch, well, a simple Speysiderprofil with roses on top. Not bad, but nothing special.
a lot of orange juice, apple juice, some licorice, rose petals, lemon, ginger, some cinnamon, honey, Toblerone, some mint, more honey, more roses, sponge cake
Pepper, dark chocolate, coffee, rose petal black tea, lemons, licorice, vanilla, some honey, some orange juice, grapefruit, roasted nuts, coffee cream
almost medium long, with roasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate, coffee, coffee cream, a touch of mint, lemon, grapefruit ... again the rose petals and at the very end the orange appears again
- Aroma: dried fruits, honey, autumn leaves, coffee latte, lemonade "dyushes", tobacco leaf, toffee, milk chocolate, fresh mint, some flowers, roasted walnuts, a little perfume.
Taste: cotton candy, coffee with milk, nuts (walnut, wood, cashew), a little honey and oak.
Finish: a bit short, lollipops, honey, oak tannins, bitterness, very gentle, almost airy.
The result: a very pleasant aroma and taste, but the finish on their background is very lightweight, it is sad, the commercial fortress sometimes spoils the whisky. In general, a good, understandable, no sharp corners molt, corresponding to its stated age.
- 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.
- 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