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Aberfeldy, well known for its beautiful area in Highland Perthshire and whisky. The name Aberfeldy comes from the Gaelic and means “from the mouth of the Poldi Burns”, the river Tay flows along the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery.

On the evening of Wednesday, November 22, a couple of whisky friends and I gathered online to enjoy and share our thoughts about the core edition from the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery and two delectable single casks whiskies, hand selected by Dewar’s Master Blender, Stephanie MacLeod.

Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery is Scotland’s most exciting and innovative Scotch whisky distillery and brand home combines tradition with the latest interactive technology to tell the story of the Dewar family (from visitscotland.com).

Today, the distillery still uses the same time-honoured techniques, including long fermentation which helps conjure up the signature honeyed notes of its whiskies.

The tasting notes:

Aberfeldy 12 yr old – 40%

  • Color: Lovely gold
  • Nose: There is a complexity of citrus, lemon, grapefruit, vanilla, red fruit, sweet honey, sweet pineapple, mango with hints or sticky toffee and breakfast cereal
  • Taste: Red fruit, vanilla, honey mixed with caramel, sultana’s, malty, creamy, complexity of oily and sherry influences. It has something tropical, like a breeze in your mouth
  • Finish: Warm, oily and slightly smoky

The 12-year-old Single Malt is the core edition from the Dewar’s Aberfeldy distillery, a true keeper.

Aberfeldy 2001, Single cask – 55.5% (cask #21444)

  • Color: Sweet gold
  • Nose: Caramel, peaches, spicy, pepper, ripe apple, Leather, antique wax and far away, medicine hints and methol, smashed banana covered in coconut pieces, bathing in lemon and mandarin
  • Taste: Chocolate, oily, spices, pepper and even menthol. Flowers, chilli. It is very warm and getting ginger, nutmeg, salt and mango…. in the distance.
  • Finish: Warm, enjoyable. Dry at the end, but very lovely and lingering in the beginning

Distilled in 2001, this whisky has been left to mature in a refill Bourbon barrel. Sweet and fruity with a hint of spice. It shows a great balance between distillery character and time in oak.

Aberfeldy 1999, Single cask – 56.5% (cask #5)

  • Color: Amber
  • Nose: Red fruit, cherries, blueberries, very sweet, but still allot of spices are there. Plums, pears, peaches, apples, sultanas, honey, coffee beans and green tea
  • Taste: Cinnamon, cherries and bitter indeed. But it slowly changes into a sweet bite with Chocolate, ginger, oranges, cloves, peaches, mango, warm apple pie.
  • Finish: Warm, bitter but with a long warm road ahead

Cask number 5 was the winner of the Scottish Field Summer Whisky Challenge 2017 and went on to win Silver overall in its category in the Grand Final. It has been matured in an Oloroso Sherrybut since 1999, creating an intensely spicy and fruity dram.

If you got a wee bit curious about the conversation, find #HomeofDewars on Twitter. Curious about future online tastings? Visit The Whisky Wire for more information and give it a shot (of whisky).

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