A series of limited-edition single malts from Aberfeldy, crafted by master distiller Stephanie Macleod. Inspired by her love for fine wines, Stephanie has sought-out top-quality red wine casks from across the world that elevate the Golden Dram to new heights.
Launched in 2019, the series began with a 15-year-old single malt matured in a Pomerol red wine cask, before moving to a variety of other French wine casks. The latest releases, launched in autumn 2022, showcase the different influences produced by red wine casks from both the old world and the new.
Just north of San Francisco lies California’s best known wine-producing region - the Napa Valley. The region has hundreds of vineyards and wineries big and small, but across all of them one grape is by far the most popular: Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 40% of all red grapes produced in the region.
By finishing this 15-year-old single malt in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine casks, Aberfeldy has created layers of raspberry jam, Parma violet, cinnamon, honey and coffee notes throughout the palate.
While not as famous as the Tuscan region of Chianti, Bolgheri is the birthplace of the first Super Tuscan wine, Sassicaia. Its coastal locale, near the Tyrrhenian Sea, provides Bolgheri with rocky terrain and limestone-rich soil, and its rolling hills are well-suited to growing the classic Bordeaux grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Bolgheri wines are robust and intense, with full dark berry flavours and bold oak notes.
Finished in these flavourful Bolgheri red wine casks, this 18-year-old single malt has a complex, layered character with mingled notes of black cherries, almonds, vanilla, frangipane and peppery oak that linger in the finish.
Aberfeldy fired up its stills in 1898, just a stone’s throw away from the birthplace of its founder, John Dewar, where Perthshire’s highest mountain, deepest loch and longest glen meet. An early pioneer of Blended Scotch, Dewar started out in the wine and spirits trade, before growing a booming blending business. By 1897 John’s two sons, John Alexander and Tommy, realised that to keep up with the demand, they needed a distillery of their own to provide the malt whisky at the heart of the Dewar’s blend. In 1972, the Aberfeldy site doubled in capacity thanks to the popularity of its single malt whisky, known affectionately as the Golden Dram.