Malt of the Month: August 2015
We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:
Aberfeldy12 Year OldHighland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Please wait Web Exclusive Price
Before the distillery's purchase by Bacardi in 1998, Aberfeldy flew under the radar. Known to whisky connoisseurs and blenders, it wasn't easy to find. Relaunched and repackaged as part of the Last Great Malts of Scotland range in late 2014, Aberfeldy 12 Year Old is a superb easy-drinking whisky.
Predominantly aged in ex-bourbon casks, this is known for being one of the sweetest single malts, with a characteristic honeyed note and a rich, mouthfilling texture.
Tasting notes by Rocky Lancer
- Nose: Rich and intense with aromas of honey, pineapple, red apple and a hint of toffee and sweet cinnamon spice.
- Palate: Unctuous texture; cinnamon and nutmeg intermingle with dry honey, apple, orange, vanilla and a hint of smoke.
- Finish: Dry and medium-long with lingering nutmeg.
- Comment: A whisky that gets it just right; light enough for an everyday drinker, but with enough complexity for sippers and those who like to think about their whiskies, too.
Built in 1896, at the height of the distillery boom at the end of the 19th century, Aberfeldy began production in 1898. It was constructed by John and Tommy Dewar to provide single malt for their blended whisky – White Label. The distillery was forced to close for two years during the Second World War to preserve barley stocks for food rations, but post-war, its fortunes increased, culminating in the distillery doubling in size in the 1970s.
John Dewar & Sons was sold by Diageo to Bacardi in 1998, and Aberfeldy 12 Year Old was introduced the following year. In 2000, the distillery was named as the home of Dewar's and most of the production is still used for White Label, more than a century after its foundation. One of their Last Great Malts of Scotland, the whisky was relaunched in 2014, with new packaging and more promotion – we expect to see more from Aberfeldy over the coming years.