Unmistakably Aberfeldy – a lovely mix of fruits, confectionery and well-aged wood. Initially we’re greeted with toffee apples, peaches, orange zest and a hint of pineapple. There’s some sherry influence here, raisins and sultanas and the like, but these play second fiddle to pronounced woodiness – aged aromas from polish and varnish, fresher ones from tree sap, wood planking and beeswax. A wonderful nose.
Surprisingly viscous for 40% ABV (though still could have a wee bit more oomph for my liking) and delivering a rich and creamy arrival which emphasises both sweetness and wood. Toffee and fudge are joined by ripe apples, poached pears and a heavy dose of old wood in the form of leather bound books, furniture polish and tobacco. Pleasant and well-judged spice in the form of ginger and cinnamon adds interest and also imparts bitterness which temper the more overtly sweet note which drive this whisky.
Medium in length, somewhat astringent and spiced with ginger.