A couple of weeks ago we had the lucky chance to be part of a tweet tasting, hosted as usual by Steve Rush. This time it was about Aberfeldy, with three different expressions. The 12 years old was the entry level of the night, being the youngest in the distillery’s core range. Let’s put the nose on it and let’s pass our judgement!
N: the nose is immediately very well balanced, with floral, fresh and delicate notes, but with a fruity and more vibrant side too. The official tasting notes from the distillery speak of heather honey and it’s easy to fall in love with this hint. Just besides that here we have fruits: dried apricots, pineapples, oranges. Over all hovers a slightly mineral background and a malty scent, to be honest, is clearly detectable. A simple whisky, even if it’s well crafted.
P: the start is a bit weak and all playing on a simple sweetness. Toffee and a lot of honey, again. After a while we feel the fruit coming up, with apricot brioches and orange marmalade. A pure feeling of fresh flowers visits the palate and makes it happy.
F: medium long, showing a random woody note and a light astringent mouthfeel.
In summary, nosing this whisky was really pleasant, but the palate is unfortunately too shy and it just does its homework. It’s a shame because the nose looked so promising… Anyway this Aberfeldy 12 remains a convincing malt, more so if we think that it is sold around 35 euro. We would define it a perfect introduction to the world of the unpeated single malt whisky: 82/100.
Recommended soundtrack: Adamsky & Seal – Killer.