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Aberfeldy 16 Year Old

Soft and subtle

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

27th Dec 2017

1

  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    89

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Nose: soft and subtle. A delicate, warm sherry note is noticeable first. Then there is a light salty, smoky aroma, like smoked bacon. This is not a peaty aroma by any means, but the smoke is there if you look for it. Dried fruit like figs and raisins appear with time. Altogether it is a nice aroma but just a bit too restrained. Oak is not readily apparent.

Taste: extremely soft and smooth on the tongue. Which is not to say it is thin or light-bodied or delicate, but it has a buttery smoothness which seems to melt on contact. The arrival is fruity with warm spice accents. Oak shows up at the back and sides of the tongue. You really want to let this one sit in your mouth for as long as possible so the soft, rich sherry and oak flavours have enough time to develop fully.

Finish: oaky and smooth with just a light bitterness. Also a touch of smoke which lingers.

Balance: on the whole, this is a little more subtle than I expected. The best part is the arrival of the flavour as it sits on the tongue. The hint of smoke is nice as well and shows up more clearly in the empty glass. This whisky has a very nice character but many enthusiasts will likely find it under-powered in this age of flavour bombs and cask strength offerings. If you want to taste a subtle, refined, and well-matured Highland malt without spending a small fortune this is a good choice.

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4 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Nice review. I have to say though that when I tried it as part of the "Last Great Malts of Scotland" I found quite unremarkable.

Definitely better than Punjabi Club though...

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Nozinan I agree. I've only tasted it once and I thought it would have been much better if they had bumped it up to 46%. I didn't think at 40% it was worth the price.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

@Megawatt
Megawatt commented

I'm tasting this again tonight and I stand by my review. It is a different sort of malt that requires some time and attention, and I like that about it. I'm noticing the peat more now, though still subtle.

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Megawatt You ought to feel quite confident in standing by your review. Some of us just don't have the ability to taste complexities at 40%. It has taken me a long time to learn to appreciate stuff under 46%, perhaps in a few years I might appreciate it more too.

about one year ago 1Who liked this?

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