Aberfeldy is a malt I'd heard of but never really tried. Mainly because I didn't want to fork out money on the low abv and it can be quite obscure.
I had a bottle bought for me for Christmas though, so let's see how it tastes.
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Aberfeldy 12 40%
Nose: Heather, honey, a little floral, some heathery smoke, wood smoke, green oak, some lemon, a little vanilla and toffee. More lemon after a bit.
Water: A drop (Not going full Ralfy-Mode) reveals more smoke, ashes, beeswax and orchard fruit.
Taste: Sweet arrival, toffee, going quite juicy with pear, then lemon, fizzy lemon sherbet, developing some harsh sappy oak. Soot and oak into the finish.
Water: More gentle arrival then more smoke with ashes.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Harsh oak and chocolate and a little lemon.
Notes: Batch 2905. Shame about the harsh oak, but still very quaffable. Not as good as the 18yo but more smoke.
Finished my bottle in a week, which is very unusual for me. Would normally take my a month.
I also tasted the 18yo in Heathrow, so here's my notes from that brief tasting:
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Aberfeldy 18 40%
Nose: Heather, honey, rich sweet sherry, sweet fruit- Apple, vanilla, quite cakey.
Taste: Quite rich, heather, honey, some vanilla, fruity sherry, cherry, cherry chocolate.
Finish: Medium length. Cherry chocolate (the natural dark stuff) and a touch of smoke.
Notes: Less smoke than the 12yo but more complex. Pleasant, gentle, nice complexity and fullness for 40%.
Score Average: 77.9
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good