Aberfeldy 21 Year Old is a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. We’re trying the new version, part of the restyling process that was started late 2014. It’s the oldest expression at the moment, until we see the Aberfeldy 30 Year Old that will be launched later this year.
Aberfeldy 21 yo (40%, OB 2014)
Nose: fairly neutral, it’s nice but a tad understated. Some berries and stewed fruits. Orange peel. Subtle floral touches. A hint of coconut as well. Plenty of honey. All fairly standard notes, but I’m not complaining.
Mouth: not exactly bold of course. A vague fruity sweetness. Honey, caramel, hints of chocolate, but also Seville oranges and a rough edge that makes me think of a blend. Light spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Again tasty but light.
Finish: medium long, nicer again. Chocolate coated fruits.
You can’t fault this whisky in any way, except for the low strength which results in a kind of vagueness. Roughly € 85 around here, all the way up to € 160 in the UK – difficult to explain but be sure to look around.