Scotch Whisky Review #248: Aberfeldy 18 Year French Red Wine Cask Finish
Age: 18 Year.
Batch No.: 2920
Cask Type: Finished in French wine casks from Pauillac
Color: 1.6, Mahogany/Henna Notes.
Nose: It’s a lot earthier than I expected, it almost has a clay like element to it. There’s a bit of candy chalk of various flavors (Valentine’s heart candies perhaps?). A sharp note of fruit is present as well but I can’t quite place what it is.
Palate: Much like the nose, it’s a mix of earthy and fruity. It’s not sweet, just a tinge of cereal malt. You get some more of the chalk and clay. There’s mixed berries and some plum as well. With a little bit of water, the earthiness fades and you’re left with a seemingly generic slightly fruity whisky.
Finish: Medium in length. It’s an interesting (in a good way) mixture of chalk, milk chocolate, red wine, and tannins.
Conclusion: Aberfeldy isn’t one that pops to mind when I think of distilleries that would experiment with different, less than traditional cask finishes. So when I saw this one, I got pretty curious. My only previous experience with Aberfeldy is with their 12 year old, which I remember enjoying. I’m not sure how much of an upgrade this 17 year version is from that. The flavors, which are a very interesting mix of earthiness and a bit of fruit, all seem like they could go up another level but never seem to quite get started. I am left thinking that this could have absolutely used a few extra percentage points as far as ABV goes. Still, it’s not a bad whisky and it is enjoyable. Would I buy another bottle? Unlikely.
Final Score: 79.
Scotch Whisky Review #248, Highland Review #50, Whisky Network Review #381
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.