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Aberfeldy 12 Year Old

Dewar's Skeleton

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

17th Aug 2013

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    21
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    22
  • Overall
    86

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Aberfeldy Distillery was built by John Dewar & Sons in 1898 for one simple reason - supplying malt for their blends. Of course, that was the main reason for single malt distilleries in the first place (and, really, it still is). Abelfeldy has few single malt expressions (the only two regular ones being a 12 year old and a 21 year old) as so much gets dumped into Dewar's. The distillery is so enveloped by Dewar's that its visitor centre is Dewar's World of Whisky and emphasizes the blending and the life and career of Tommy Dewar.

The colour is a light golden honey. On the nose, as befits the colour, sweet honey, with oranges (marmalade), almond paste, and some oak. You get a bit of the sherry cask in there. Fairly old-fashioned. Green apples. Quite fragrant and malty. A few drops of water bring a more honeyed sweetness to the nose.

On the palate, the almonds turn into hazelnuts - somewhat oily mouthfeel. Very light and pleasant. Quite sweet, with light honey and caramel, with some bitter herbs on the backbone. Water ups the spice factor in the mouth. Very tasty and easy to drink, yet still complex.

The finish is gentle, fruity and with a spicy, lasting depth. There is more complexity in this standard 12 year old than you might think, given its blended fate. But then again, perhaps that is exactly why Dewar's has had such lasting staying power for over a hundred years.

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1 comments

@FMichael
FMichael commented

It's a decent single malt; picked up 2 bottles this afternoon at my local Costco for $33 each (thought - 'what the hell - give it a try').

The best way for me to describe this whisky; if Dalwhinnie 15 yr, and Glenkinchie 12 yr got married, and had a kid - it would be this Aberfeldy 12 yr.

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