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.
I tasted it at a presentation of The Last Great Malts of Scotland. I found it neither last morning great.
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.