Located on the outskirts of the town of the same name in central Scotland, Aberfeldy was founded in the 1890’s by the Dewar family as an extension of the namesake whisky brand. Thus it is categorised as a Highland whisky. Although Aberfeldy lies within close proximity of two lakes Loch Tay and Loch Tummel it relies on the Pitilie Burn, a freshwater stream running alongside the distillery. It remains the sole distillery in Scotland to use the waters of the Pitilie Burn.
Though Aberfeldy’s claim to fame lies in it being the largest component in all of Dewar’s blended whiskies some of its expressions have gone on to win awards and accolades in recent times. Apart from the 12 year old Aberfeldy also has a 16 and 21 year old expression each. Of late Aberfeldy 12 year old has been a highly sought after single malt scotch among the below $50 category. Again due to the limited options available in India I picked up this bottle from a duty free outlet. Below is my take on it. You can also read some of my other whisky reviews here.
Colour: Golden yellow.
Body: The whisky appears to have a medium body.
Nose: Fresh fruits like apples and pears are forthcoming making way for a bit of honey.
Palate: Hint of vanilla, citrus fruits and sweet honey. Goes down smoothly.
Finish: The sweetness lingers on the palate for a while and is replaced by a hint of spiciness and finishes dry.
I am yet to pair the Aberfeldy 12 with anything but it seems like a good whisky to go with some smoked salmon or hilsa, a local delicacy. I am more inclined to experiment with the latter but that’s a story for another time.