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Aberfeldy 12 Year Old

The Heart of Dewars...Who Cares!

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@vrudy6Review by @vrudy6

6th Nov 2014


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Nassau; New Providence, The Bahamas. Island of beaches, cracked conch and just about the kindest people you'll ever meet. I'm sipping Aberfeldy 12 "The Heart of Dewars" at The British Colonial Hilton's lounge. It's been a long time that I wanted to get my hands on this dram, not because of the reviews, but because its affordable and readily available. I've never had anything related to Dewars. I've had a long week, especially for my wife... and what a nightmare week! I wish this nightmare was all about gobbling, vampires and zombies, but it is much worse. We departed on Halloween day from Port of Miami to celebrate my buddy's 25th anniversary on the Norwegian Sky, which sailed to the Bahamas, Nassau being one of the two ports of call. We had to stay in Nassau and part ways with the ship, rush to the local hospital due to my wife fallen ill. Five days later, we're still here in Nassau. Before calling it a day, I decided to check out the bar and voila! they have Aberfeldy 12. Never had it, The other options were of course, Glenlivet and Glenffidich.

Nose: Crisp apples, pears, thin caramel, slight spices and not much else.

Palate: Feels light and thin. Granny Smith apples, caramel, sweet vanilla, This is so thin in flavor that the Sherry influence tastes more like Chardonnay. Very little smoke, way, way in the back, but it's there. And then again, not much else.

Finish: Short, somewhat nutty. The light caramel creeps up again, in microscopic proportions. A bit of spices and once again, THATS IT!!!

I'm not surprised about this outcome. Most reviews describe this weak, watery, bland etc. I definitely don't recommend this. I should've gone for the Glenlivet. At least now I know what it's all about.

Hopefully, we'll be heading back to Miami in the short coming days. By the way, if you ever pay a visit to Nassau, make a quick stop at Twin Brothers restaurant in the Fish Fry strip. Their cracked conch is absolutely amazing. Best I've ever had!

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