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Aberfeldy was originally built by Dewar's & Sons to provide enough Highland style malt for their famous blend White Label. You can visit Dewar’s World of Whisky at the distillery, an exhibition that goes beyond Aberfeldy. But we will stick with a Belgian bottler today, The Nectar, who released this Aberfeldy 5 years ago.
Wow, this nose is pretty waxy! I was not expecting this. I get a load of orchard fruit: apples, pears and then mostly Reine Claude, the green plum. And beeswax. Even some flints. Reminds me a bit of Clynelish, in fact (which is always a good thing). Some yellow flowers too. Buttercups. Lemongrass? Something that reminds me of ovomaltine. This is very, very good!
It is pretty oily on the palate. The orchard fruit returns, upholstered with some citrus. Think mandarin or blood oranges. But also gooseberries. Turns a bit green. Herbal. Garden herbs, that offer some bitterness. Good strength, actually.
The finish is long, offering up some liquorice in strength.
Boy, my experience with Aberfeldy is not vast (this is only my seventh), but this was very good indeed. You can still find it left and right in Belgium for around 120 EUR.