Best Highland Single Malt - 2014
World Whiskies Awards
Highland Single Malt 21 Years and Over - 2014
Distillers' Single Malts 21 years old and over - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Highlands & Islands 19-25yo - 2014
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Scotch Single Malt - Highland - 2013
Highlands & Islands 19-25yo - 2013
Single Malt Scotch - 20 Yrs + - 2013
San Francisco World Spirits Competition
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.
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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.
26th July 2013
Yes, it's an inexpensive foray into the realm of 21 year old scotches but don't let the price fool you. It's a very nice whisky at a very affordable price. About. $40 at Specs. As always, taste is subjective. I think it's a great buy.
23rd April 2013
Nice and smokey! A great nip to impress anyone with!
21st March 2013
Smooth and a little sweet but no real nose and no finish. A drop or two of water opens up the oak on the finish but this isn't worth buying at any price, tho the deal at spec's is tempting if you don't want to drop the cash on something like The Balvenie 21y Portwood.
Honestly, the Dewar's 12y was MUCH better and the same price. Lesson learned: "Don't buy scotch at discount prices; there's always a reason!"
27th January 2013
Without a doubt the best scotch I have had up or on the rocks. My quest say it is the best they have tasted.
2nd February 2011