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Aberfeldy 12 whisky, produced by John Dewar & Sons Ltd, is proudly labelled on the bottle as "The Heart of Dewar's". I've had this bottle # A54438 open for 8 months. I didn't like this whisky at all for the first six months. This is a review and rating of the whisky at 8 months. For the first 6 months I would have rated this 65 pts, and liked it the least of all of my bottles of malt whisky. For 6 months all I could taste was a locked up tart lemon citrus-- nothing else. It opened up very nicely though
Body: coats the mouth very well
Nose: sweet honey, grass, malt, tart green apples, lemon citrus, and peat
Taste: all of the ripened nose flavours come through beautifully upon delivery
Finish: strong finish, with the peat and citrus becoming stronger still with time. Rich and resonant
Balance: rich and lovely, like a stringed instrument placed strongly vibrato. There is lots expressed here at only 40% ABV.
I can enjoy lemon citrus balanced with other flavours, as expressed here in the oxidised Aberfeldy 12. If lemon citrus is front and center without other strong balancing flavours, I find it just distracting and annoying. Oxidation allowed my bottle of Aberfeldy 12 to become sweeter, rounder, and richer.
This review is another testimony that the same bottle of whisky is a different animal depending upon when it is sampled. I originally looked forward to trying the Aberfeldy 12 because I am almost always quite simpatico with the whisky favourites of one of my whisky buddies, Wodha. I am very happy to see the Aberfeldy 12 evolve into a whisky I greatly enjoy. @Wodha, do you think that I am ready for Glencoe?