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I have happy memories of the village of Aberfeldy in Perthshire, and I used to walk past the distillery twice in an evening for a month back in the eternal summer of 1968.
I was 16 years old then and my holiday job was as a grouse beater, driving the birds across the moors to the 'guns' sitting in (and on) their butts, waiting to unleash both barrels at anything which came their way.
I was reminded of that golden Summer recently when I had a taste of Aberfeldy 21yo in the very different setting of an airport World of Whisky shop. It was light, floral, spicy and completely charming. It will be greatly admired by those who like that sort of a thing.
In short I admired it rather than coveted it and when it came to forking over the readies for a bottle of something to share with friends, I was seduced by a bottle (Ok, two bottles) of Redbreast 12yo. One taste confirmed the wisdom of the choice - it knocked my socks off - and I bid goodbye to my golden memories of tramping the moors of Aberfeldy.