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Aberfeldy 16-year-old

Overall rating
81.55/100
votes
87
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L16 334ZA802 1455
Added on
31 Aug 2015 7:20 pm by Archer
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 57,56

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Whisky Reviews for Aberfeldy 16-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.55 points

  1. midnite scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Classic 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 all 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 measured and restrained single malt that is hamstrung (if not outright strangled) by the low ABV. Though refill-heavy, this could really have been something (à la Glenfarclas) if bottled at a higher strength.

  2. vorto25 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    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
    Comment:
    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.
    3 ++
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      84 84
      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.
    • Taste
      85 85
      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.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Reasonably long with hay, pastry, ginger and citrus fruits.

  4. Dottore scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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

  5. matts scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  6. BehindSpace scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Tim-R scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      78 78

  8. Ulfswhiskysamling scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. Ulfswhiskysamling scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Much better than the 12 year old. I think this is a nice dram, but would like higher alcohol content
    • Nose
      Raisins, cinnamon at first, butterscotch, caramel and apple,

      Weak in alcohol like the 12 year old
    • Taste
      Much better taste than the Aberfeldy 12 year old, apple, spicy, vanilla, oak, honey, and off course sherry,
    • Finish
      Oaky finish, vanilla and sherry

  10. Abadon05 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Again, a lighter and rather mild dram. Quite interesting and yet very different than the old 12er. I honestly did not expect that. Sure, the orange or lemon and the honey characterize the Brennereicharakter, but then there are significant differences. It reminds me a bit of the Timorious Beastie, which is clearly better integrated here.
    • Nose
      Honey, a little bit of grain, very little alcohol to feel, almost no sulfur (only very little), a small tickling in the nose makes the whisky so how should I say something sparkling. And orange.
    • Taste
      Orange and sweet. These are the dominant impressions. And a liveliness. So it seemed to me that I had drunk a whisky with carbonic acid. It was a strange feeling somehow. Not unpleasant but somehow getting used to.
    • Finish
      Scary fast away. So the old 12er stayed longer. The mouth is still a bit busy, but otherwise. There are impressions of honey, toffee and orange. Low seasoning. I can not recognize the long and spicy tendency promised to him.

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