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Aberfeldy 12-year-old

Overall rating
79.17/100
votes
231

Member rates

742 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

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Category Rating
Nose
20
Taste
19
Finish
19
Balance
19

Tastingtags

52 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
15 Oct 2017 4:23 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 80 points

Here we have another workhorse of the blend industry, since most of Aberfeldy's production ends up as key component of Dewar's. The nose of this 12-year-old Highlander is unimposing, grainy and slightly acidic with apple cider, heather honey and hints of vinegar. On the palate, it arrives silky, light and malty sweet before turning more spicy and indistinctly sour in the development. A surprisingly milky aftertaste with almonds, muesli and a touch of oak rounds off the experience. It's probably not a very memorable Single Malt, but nice enough to give it a try.

RATING: 3.0/5.0 ≙ 80 pts   ·AVERAGE·

Weighted Rate
80.2
Nose
80
Initial taste
78
Body
78
Finish
81
Price
86
Presentation
82
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
valery77
Expert Junior valery77 Review note
09 Dec 2017 2:03 pm
valery77 gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82.4
Nose
84
Initial taste
83
Body
84
Finish
85
Price
70
Presentation
82
Gerhans
Member Senior Gerhans Review note
05 Dec 2017 1:04 pm
Gerhans gave this whisky 79 points

A much overlooked whisky.

Aberfeldy doesn't do a lot in terms of being unique. Refreshingly enough, the brand seems to acknowledge this. It's a highlands 12 year old whisky. It isn't terribly overprized and it's good. 

The nose is rather bland at first, but given time, develops a rather pleasant, albeit faint, maltish quality.

Tastewise, this dram delivers quite well. Malt, honey, chocolate, a little spiciness on the back of the tongue. 

Aftertaste is just nice and rather warming, with nuts, milk chocolate, vanilla and honey. 

As stated below, not very memorable, but still a great mid-week dram, a good addition to any whisky cabinet and above all else a great introduction. This is the first dram I pick to give friends to enthuse them into exploring beyond their terrible "i love whiskey, I drink Jack Daniels all the time" mindset.

Weighted Rate
79
Nose
75
Initial taste
83
Body
82
Finish
75
Price
80
Presentation
80
Life's too short to drink shitty whisky.
Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
23 Nov 2017 10:54 am
Macheye gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Honey and fruit. Honey is immediate and pronounced. It is accompanied by vanilla, pineapple, orange peels, butterscotch and barley water. There’s a light herbalness in the background – some mint and maybe some pine. Cask influence is kept on the down low initially, but ginger is still perceivable.

Taste

Light, delicate and a little lacking in body, but entirely pleasant in terms of arrival. Spice and bitterness now come out to play with cinnamon, ginger and bitter toffee all playing a part. There’s a combination of both fresh and dried fruits and berries here and the honey and vanilla remain firmly in place and translating well from the nose. There’s a good balance between sweetness and bitterness and some interesting notes of burnt caramel and toasted almonds.

Finish

Short to medium in length and bringing orange zest and ginger spice.

Comments

Aberfeldy 12 year old is a solid whisky that I would happily recommend as a starter malt to someone commencing their whisky journey. It offers a good balance of sweetness and cask spice, whilst still sticking true to the promise of the Golden Dram with honeyed notes and flavours firmly in the driving seat. Of course, as an entry-point whisky it’s none too surprising to see this at 40% - I’d be very interested in a 12 year old cask strength version were that ever created.

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Zoltavar
Expert Senior Zoltavar Review note
22 May 2017 10:53 pm
Zoltavar gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
81.2
Nose
80
Initial taste
81
Body
82
Finish
80
Price
84
Presentation
82
vojt466
Expert Senior vojt466 Tasting note
14 May 2017 7:42 pm
vojt466 gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Výrazná ovocná a svěží vůně - citrusové plody, zelená jablka, rebarborová buchta, sherry. Stopové prvky sušeného ovoce, lehounce zázvor

Taste

Primárně cereální, kořenité, sušené švestky, švestkový kompot, ovocný čaj, vanilka, opět se projevuje zázvor a velice nepatrně i citrusové ovoce. Chuť je trošku fádní, chtělo by to o něco více alkoholu

Finish

V dozvuku opět cereální, buchtové a zázvorově pichlavé - středně dlouhý dozvuk

Comments

Škoda těch 40% procent alkoholu. Mít to větší sílu určitě by to mohlo být někde jinde, ale vůně se mně moc líbí

Kontra
Member Senior Kontra Tasting note
11 May 2017 9:54 pm
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Leicht süßlich , ein Hauch von Rauch liegt in der Nase und auch einige Röstaromen sind zu erahnen.

Taste

Er schmeckt süßlich erinnert an Honig.

Finish

Im Abgang ist er leicht würzig und erinnert  an Orangenschalen.

Comments

Ein guter Single Malt Whisky mit einem guten Preis  Leistungsverhältnis den man immer wieder gerne trinkt.

fileosoph
Expert Senior fileosoph Review note
27 Apr 2017 7:08 am
fileosoph gave this whisky 80 points
Weighted Rate
79.8
Nose
78
Initial taste
81
Body
79
Finish
78
Price
85
Presentation
81
Okto-Bull
Expert Senior Okto-Bull Tasting note
21 Apr 2017 9:23 am
Okto-Bull gave this whisky 80 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Mmh, der hat irgend eine säuerliche Note in der Nase. Finde ich gut. Wie eine alte Apfelsorte (Boskop, Elstar).

Taste

Puh, im Geschmack dann wieder diese saure Note, nur gefällt die zuerst nicht recht. Je länger der im Mund bleibt, desto besser gefällt mir das.

Finish

Im Abgang auch wieder sauer und süß. Dabei sehr harmonisch.

Comments

Ich find den gut. Kein Überflieger, aber die saure Note find ich hat etwas.

knopfler99
Member Senior knopfler99 Review note
16 Apr 2017 6:09 pm
knopfler99 gave this whisky 69 points
Weighted Rate
70.5
Nose
72
Initial taste
71
Body
71
Finish
61
Price
78
Presentation
77

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