I believe most of Aberfeldy's malt whisky goes into the Dewar's line of blended whiskies. There aren't a thousand different Aberfeldy whiskies on the market (that I know of), there aren't new, exclusive, limited edition NAS Aberfeldy whiskies popping up every other week. From what I can tell, the 12 year, 16 year, and 21 year expressions are the only regularly available offerings here in Ontario.
- Nose (undiluted): honey, malt, gentle oak, vanilla, a touch of dark fruits, a bit of orange zest, more complex than I would have expected.
- Palate: soft, richer than expected given the modest abv, slightly creamy, vanilla, baked apples, nutmeg
- Finish: short, somewhat drying, vanilla, oranges, honey
- Thoughts: this whisky is better than I remember. It's not a mind-blowing, life-altering experience but it's a pleasant and easygoing experience. I got this bottle on sale and I don't regret buying it. I'm not sure I like it as much as Tomatin 12 year, which sits at the same price point, but Aberfeldy is definitely a fine background sipper and an excellent choice if you're introducing someone to the joys of single malt.
Nice review and an appropriate mark. Malts like this need love too, and as you say, are completely suitable for whisky newcomers. Not one I would be inclined to buy for myself, but something I might have on hand for my friends who think they won't like Scotch.
I tasted it at a presentation of The Last Great Malts of Scotland. I found it neither last morning great.