maandag 18 mei 2015

Tasting Aberfeldy 12 YO new edition

After we reviewed the Aultmore 12 YO and the Craigellachie 13 YO, produced by the same company (not distillery..) John Dewar and Sons, it is now time to taste the renewed Aberfeldy 12 YO, number three in the Last Great Malt Series.

The packaging is modernized, which is sort of funny, since it refers a lot more than the old packaging to the history of the distillery. In fact, there's so much on the label, that you need at least one dram to read it all. Smart, very smart guys.
It also says "Limited bottling" on the label, we're not quite sure what that means. Maybe part of the general whisky vocabulary, with words like "select reserve", "special blend", "deluxe" etc.?
This was batch nr 2905 anyway.

Another little secret on the label on the label states that E150 was used for coloring. Not in English by the way, but in German ("Mit Farbstoff"). The German law requires this and cheers to that.
It is bottled at 40%.
Along with this 12 YO, a 18 YO has been introduced for Travel Retail, as well as a new 21 YO in a deluxe outfit, all very affordable. 
We paid € 32 for our bottle.

Our experience

Color: Amber+/tawny
Nose: Nutmeg, white grapes, baked apple, creme brulee, honey. More sweetness pops up, when you let the glass rest for a while.
Taste: Milk chocolate (or is it Nutella? Well it sure has hazelnuts), sweet, a wiff of leather, charred oak, malty
Finish: round, sweetness keeps on, becomes dry and then a wee salty liquorice kicks in in combination with some bitterness.

It's a pleasant, easy going dram and for that price certainly worth to try, especially when your taste preference lies in the nutty corner of the spectrum. Now that sounds a bit weird, but you know what we're getting at. Glad that the people of John Dewar/Bacardi are putting much effort in this product, together with the other Last Great Malt releases. As soon as we get our hands on the other expressions, you'll find the notes on Whiskytips.

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