The Aberfeldy 18 year old was launched in 2014 as part of the “Last Great Malts” collection. This 1 litre bottle is a travel retail exclusive, but you can also find it in several liquor stores.
The “Last Great Malts” is the name of the collection of single malts from the 5 distilleries owned by John Dewar & Sons (which in itself is owned by Bacardi), namely: Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, Macduff (The Deveron), and Royal Brackla.
I’ve reviewed one other whisky from their collection, the Royal Brackla 16 year old and expect more to come. But today I’ll stick to the Aberfeldy 18 year old.
This Aberfeldy is bottled at 40% ABV.
Aberfeldy 18 year old tasting notes:
Nose: Honey, citrus and malty. A little bit of floral notes. Then biscuits and oranges. Some menthol here too. A very nice nose. Later it becomes more fruity, but it also keeps a very fresh lemon-like / menthol smell.
Taste: At first thin on the palate, a bit watery. There are some malty flavours but these are soon overpowered by the lemon-like aspects and a little bit of oranges. Some honey here as well. It’s promising in the nose but the taste can’t deliver on that promise. Although it does improve a bit after a few sips; then it becomes more fruity.
Finish: The finish is short to medium, with mostly biscuits, lemons and oranges.
An easy drinking whisky, but the taste stays a bit behind compared to the nose. It could use a little more punch, as it is rather watery and flat. A slightly higher ABV might have been better, I think.
Many thanks to Jason from WhiskyRover for the sample. You can find his review here.