Established in 1898 Aberfeldy distillery was build in the Scottish Highlands in Perthshire by the Dewar brothers and quickly became the backbone of the Dewars White Label Blended Whisky. The success of Dewars Blend has restricted the release of Aberfeldy until it was finally available as a single malt in 1999. It was not and is still not widely available since then, so we are pretty lucky to get hold of it. Bacardi bought out the Dewar brothers in about 2004. After that it was available only at duty free stores. The packaging has changed since the first releases in a bell shaped bottle with a small cream label. It will be interesting to see if the whisky has changed also.
Good fruit, barley, heather/ lantana and a touch of smoke on the nose. Rich accelerating intensity on the palate. It starts off quite light, then builds in intensity through the palate to end in a drying finish, inviting a second sip. That lovely rich vanilla and toffee are complimented by savoury herbaceousness and that lovely dry finish.
Tasting Notes (Jim Murray)
Nose: Beautifully intense malt with a cidery-apple fruitiness. Gentle oak and honey round off superbly.
Palate: Fresh, almost crisp mouthfeel with outstanding sweet maltiness and an almost Irish pot-still firm fruitiness. Mouthwatering.
Finish: Softly spiced with a long, rich malt follow-through. Comment: Really outstanding example of massively complex, classy but undiscovered malt.