Launched in October of 2005, this 21 year old lies at the core of the Aberfeldy range and is something of a flagship for the brand. This bottling was heralded as the Best Mainland Single Malt at the World Whisky Awards 2007.
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Nose: Honey, fruity. Thick malt, enlivened by a fresh, zesty quality.
Palate: Smooth, vanilla, undulating, refined smoke.
Finish: Peters out gently, perhaps some ripe white peach notes and a good wave of honey.
I'm not a professional whisky drinker...
But I have a cabinet full of mostly highland single malts and I enjoy the variety even within the region. I picked up a bottle of Aberfeldy 21 tonight, having never tried the 12. It has a striking nose to it, and honey and citrus really do feel fairly well presented here. It coats the inside of the glass with a malty-syrupy quality and once you take a sip, it does the same to your palate. It latches on and lingers for a pleasantly medium duration. For a 40% ABV bottling, it has a decent amount of warmth and is well suited to a cool winter's evening. Nothing about this whisky is overpowering, which can be right up some drinker's alley. It stands out in its balance and I am enjoying it quite well right now typing this.
If you're looking at the age to buy your bottles, chances are $129 or so isn't going to cause you sticker shock for a 21 year expression. I don't think its a forgettable experience, as suggested, but everyone's palate is different and I think you owe it to yourself to try it if you're curious about it. You won't be disappointed. There are many good things going on in this whisky that you shouldn't pass up!
26th November 2014
I can't really get excited about this whisky...it's not bad at all but neither is is anything special (not to me anyway)..it does have some very nice flavours on the nose and taste - honey, spice, vanilla hints - and a reasonably smooth finish...I like it but it's not setting my world on fire...perfectly pleasant but forgettable...probably the Scotch equivalent of a Billly Joel album
21st October 2014
Beautiful dram. People saying it's smoky are talking absolute nonsense. It's everything I hoped the 12YO was - smooth, honeyed and with a stunningly mellow finish. Lovely stuff.
26th March 2014
they all have colds in your nose but the whiskey was absolutely great
17th November 2013
Good single malt but the age and therefore price weigh it down. Nice, wood flavor that is hidden behind a strong smokiness. This scotch has nearly no nose and a very clean/dry finish. I propose that if this is your drink maybe try Glenmorangie Origonal 10 year along with a nice cigar and you will likely be more satisfied and have more money left in your pocket. If you can't or don't enjoy tobacco try the Isley Lagavulin.
3rd October 2013
One of the finest whiskeys I've tasted. Smooth and goes down well and leaves a nice taste afterwards.