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Aberfeldy 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old

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Aberfeldy 12 Bottling Note

The classic 12 Year Old Aberfeldy single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Highlands. While the label sadly no longer features a red squirrel, it now comes with a rather handsome black and rose-gold colour palate to match the rich, malty, honeyed flavour profile.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Creamy. Some sherried fruit with a trailing hint of smoke. Prune, custard and espresso bean.

Palate: Sweet, malty, a gentle peat but nonetheless the mouth feel is very clean. Vanilla, peaches in cream and subtle oak.

Finish: Ginger, malt, nutty nougat and maybe a little grapefruit zest.

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Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Reviews

Can't go wrong with this sweet nectar.

Just received a bottle for my 70th.birthday, thank you dear, finding it most enjoyable, just enough peat for my taste And is very smooth, I'm going to pour another wee dram right now.

27th October 2020


For the price? Along with Glengoyne they punch way above their price.
Honey followed by the PERFECT amount of Sherry. You would never be able to differentiate between this and glenfiddich Solera, blind.

24th October 2020

Great Value for Money

Recently this seems to be widely available for in and around £30. This would directly put it against the like of The Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Old Pulteney, Aberlour 12 years olds and so on. For me this is streets ahead. Fruity and rich with so much more complexity than the others mentioned. Anyone looking for a value 12 year you will not be disappointed with this

21st October 2020

Perfect at what it does

I gave it a go in spite of some reviews saying it's a forgettable one because I love a fruity scotch, and it's exactly that, and it's good at that.

It's very well worth its price, it's a quality dram, with that typical single malt scotch refinement and nutty touch, which goes great with the subtle hints of acidity. It's well balanced, it tastes great, it's smooth with a gentle kick and it's not flawed. It's perhaps not the most mind-blowing for finicky connaisseurs but for this price range I find it well above average. I quite love it actually.

Check the tasting notes from people who are more competent than me at describing a whisky, and if you're into that kind of things you should definitely give it a try.

18th September 2020

Good value for a superb single malt.

Nice but light on smoke, if you like more smoke I would pass on it.

13th September 2020

needs too much water

not as good as many think for me, although we are all different. for me it needs a lot of water for its low abv. it then becomes quite pleasent.
the 16 is better.

1st September 2020

Too simple I guess

Sorry guys, I couldn't get anything interesting out of this one. I cant find any hints of smoke, and it came accross as nice but plain dull. Yes, the care invested on making this a smooth drinkable spirit is noticeable and nice it is, but I just can't point into anything remarkable on it. I guess its correct, but I wouldn't buy it again.

5th July 2020

Great budget malt! Excellent value.

One of my favourite day-to-day malt whiskies. The addition of a wee drop of water smooths off any rough edges. Sherry, oak, vanilla custard and gingerbread with a light touch of peat.

21st June 2020

Really nice

A very smooth malt, with a rich flavour.

11th June 2020

A classic malt at a competitive it

A classic among 12 year olds. Smooth with a sweet and smokey aftertaste. Good value for a 12 year old. Recommend this to all whisky drinkers....TJ

2nd June 2020


Smooth and tingling down the throat...worth it with a light evening music

1st May 2020

good single malt

very woody, vanilla, honey and hints of cinnamom and smoke. Great qality for the price.

23rd April 2020

Too good with a couple of rocks!

Tantalizingly smooth, just a bit of lingering fruity smell amazingly finished with a tangy flavor.

16th February 2020

Over the top ! Delightful....,.!

Just now asked my bartender for a sample pour. There is no doubt this is among the best single malt scotch whiskeys I’ve had the pleasure of tasting.

22nd January 2020

Classic single malt

Classic single malt. This is one, if not the best in its price range.

9th January 2020

Blessed Christmas Gift

My wife gave me a bottle for Christmas. One of the best gifts ever. Smooth, mellow. A great scotch for the price. It’s become one of my favorites!

8th January 2020

Tremendous drink @ a reasonable price

I had lost track of this single malt for a few years. When I found a bottle this weekend and reacquainted myself tonight; even better than my recollection! It has a smooth balance of slightly peaty & a spot of honey makes this a go-to for this sporadic single malt drinker.

29th October 2019

Great buy

A beautiful whisky

24th October 2019

Good stuff

One of the best for the price. Smooth and delicate.

23rd October 2019


Lovely, silky smooth. A treat, not an assault on the senses.

30th September 2019

Really good

Have tried and I liked this. It's really good, smooth, soft and tasty.

29th September 2019

Number 1 choice for whisky beginners

It is not very spicy nor strong taste coming out from your nose, the first impression would be clear and clean, very fresh and sweet. Would be my firdt pick for those who just start to try whisky

20th September 2019

Very good for a 12YO

One of my "go to" bottle. Never regretted the many bottles I had right from the old bottling with a nice squirrel label. Fruitty with hint of lemon and mandarin and sweet thereafter that is clean

30th August 2019

Aberfeldy 12 year old is close to perfect!

Here in America the pursuit of great single malts has come down to a dollars race up past the $100 demarcation line. Aberfeldy is a delightful dram in the opposite direction. Almost chewy, it tastes like a great highland single malt should taste.There is smoke, but it is complex with some fruitiness, and a honeyed nutty aftertaste. Delightful and a staple in my bar from here on.

18th August 2019

A very good single malt.

Fruity and sweet with a very thin line of smoke. A really good whisky. Finish is spicy but dry and I like it. Good price too.

17th August 2019

Sweet and light with a fruity finish

Had this in the morning waiting for the flight and it ended up being a great match.

11th July 2019


You know, in terms of actual value for money, this is a good buy. Uncomplicated yes, but a tasty and balanced dream for sure. Coffee beans, fruits, cream and sweet barley sing a lovely song together.

2nd July 2019

warning may evaporate

Some one left a bottle at my house...I have had a couple of nips out of it...very nice... I'll have to tell them it evaporated..shhhh

22nd April 2019

Nothing better in this price range

My friend turned me on to Aberfeldy 12, and I'm glad he did. It's the least expensive single malt I've tried and it did not disappoint. It may me too simple a whisky for some people, but I like easy drinking whisky, and this stuff is smooth.

19th February 2019


Very smooth, and decent, beginners will certainly like it. But it is not in international rankings. Price on online marketing is very cheap, than buying in duty free shipping.

18th February 2019

Very nice for the right price.

Now when reviewing a dram one has to take a few things into consideration. Firstly what category of whisky does it fall into. Secondly its quality in relation to its price. And lastly does it deliver what it claims. Obviously it all boils down to individual preference but I feel all to often a review is unfair due to these points being overlooked. For a 12 year old highland at around £30 this is a very nice whisky indeed. A descent level of complexity, clean well aged with a medium length finish invoking honied heather and citrus.

29th January 2019

Love it !!!

Lovely, just lovely... hmm, what more can I say... I love every sip !!!!

27th January 2019

Smooth and non complicated taste.

Nice smooth Whisky. Subtle after taste and great to sip. Albeit a bit too easy drinking. Just bought my 2nd bottle as on special at Asda for £25.

24th January 2019


Beautiful smooth flavour that floats on your tongue like silk. Aptly named.

20th January 2019


Decent whisky

13th January 2019

More than I expected

Very smooth and tasty whiskey. Vanilla, nutty, caramel. I am glad I bought one. Great for peaceful evening.

8th January 2019


Very nice I love it

24th December 2018

Ok but not memorable

I’m trying to drink all types of whiskey so I can find out what I really like and am afraid to say Aberfeldy 12 although not bad just didn’t do anything for me, very easy to drink but I do like to have some kind of after taste and I go nothing, glad I tried it but won’t buy again

16th December 2018

Very pleasant indeed

A really pleasant, smooth dram - very easy-drinking, maybe perilously so. I would like to see a version at 46% and nonchillfiltered - maybe that would get 5 stars.

16th December 2018

Top class

One of the best in this price bracket unless you are more into the peated stuff. Will be be back for more.

2nd December 2018

Yes, I'd purchase again.

I got fruit cake, then lemon hit me. Smooth and easy to drink, a nice starter to any evening.

12th October 2018

I would not reccomend ...

Big whisky fanatic. Admittedly mostly heavily peated. However drink many other drams. Far too tart and with a heavy lemon finish, which by my taste was much too heavy. Didn’t enjoy at all which is a shame as it was a gift. Hot toddy material, at best. Not a nice easy drinking whisky, the overwhelming sourness of the citrus notes just isn’t pleasant badically.

7th October 2018

Must try, it would be a crime not to have enjoyed such perfection as this!

No perseverance here, it’s rich but very smooth taste is welcomed on the tongue with no hesitation and met with only plant surprise. This is possibly the best single highland malt I have had the pleasure to sample, ever! And such an appealing bottle too!

3rd October 2018


A velvety smooth texture, honey and Heather aromas with an easy finish, had the pleasure of a tour of the distillery, great people, great whiskey.

26th August 2018


Muy buen sabor, liviano y duradero. Sobre todo esto tiene un muy buen precio.

29th July 2018


Pleasant to drink nice on the tongue

26th July 2018

Very pleasant drink.

Yes, it was a hit with my fishing crew.

15th July 2018

Exquisito whisky

Es un whisky exquisito , con notas a madera ahumada y frutos secos , que lo hace un whisky excelsional.

22nd June 2018

Surprisingly smooth and civilized.

Surprisingly smooth. Very nice taste and not at all harsh or bitter.
Very pleasant whisky!

5th June 2018

Disappointing - i am a snob

It was a disappointment for me, having gone from 18 yo down to 12 yo. The price difference is huge, I know, but so is the taste. Sorry, I am a snob, give me the 18 yo any day and i don't mind paying the difference

28th March 2018

Caramel Apple Pie

Very smooth. Notes of apple, toffee, honey, and brown sugar

2nd March 2018

Give it a go...

Very nice and pleasantly smooth, was expecting more smoke if I’m honest though! Even though it lacks a little depth and the experience is short, I still like it so not overly disappointed... don’t add water, it doesn’t need it, I felt it shortened the finish.

23rd February 2018

Great whisky that takes a bit of perseverance.

I would agree with some of the other reviewers, this is a whisky that takes a bit of perseverance.
On first opening the bottle, I found it quite harsh, but now having left the bottle for a couple of weeks it has opened up nicely. That initial harshness has gone, leaving a much smoother dram, subtle sweetness, fruitcake, honey and vanilla with a hint of peat, nice creamy, malty finish.
A whisky that will reward those who stick with it.

13th February 2018


Very good and smoke smooth

4th February 2018

Dependable. Great aftertaste.

Dunno what to write exactly. Sipping on and off for the past few weeks, in between bourbons, peaty malts, cheap blends.
MoM notes are more less what I am getting, sherry, creamy oily and malty. Sweet arrival, some days harsher on my palette, some days much more smoother. And then it hit me. It is like a good sturdy friend of mine, maybe some days we would like to spend time apart.
It is kind of whisky you keep in a back of your cabinet to go back to when you need to remind yourself what tasting whisky is all about.
I understand it is not a great or legendary days of yore whisky but I dont care.
Get the bottle and taste it by yourself.

16th January 2018

A real surprise

one of the most subtile wiskey i have encountered with the taste of wiskeys like the beter Macallan and Glenfiddish who doesn't need the escort of a good coffe and the pure 70+ black chocolate.A real ladykiller for those who want to take a step in the world of pure whiskey .A totally nono for those who love the taste of smoked explosive whiskey.

28th December 2017

Dollar for Dollar, a good value

I really like this Scotch, especially for such a reasonable price point. I will buy again.

28th December 2017


This one is the smoothest I've tried in the price category.

26th December 2017

Merry Christmas to me!!

Just bought this as my Christmas present to my self........ should have bought it sooner very very nice. Great whisky for the price bracket.

1st December 2017


This, for the Money, is one of the best Tasting Scotch’s on the Market....

22nd November 2017



20th October 2017

highly recommended

Fantastic scotch, tastes like a million bucks.

20th October 2017

Time to celebrate

Me with my friends tried this for the first time. We all liked the drink and enjoyed the party. Wish to go with it for next immediate occasion and celebrate.

14th October 2017

Smooth and clean

I've was drinking both bourbon and scotch and a friend of mine gave me a bottle as a gift and without knowing the cost I assumed it was a lot more expensive then it actually is. Very clean, I joke it's a cross between honey and gold dust when mixed.

9th October 2017

Great whisky which tastes like good cognac

Actually I do not like non-smokey whiskies, buy this one is great. I am also a big fan of cognac and this whisky tastes like a good cognac! It has modest nose with a hint of flowers and Pines, but its palate is marvelous: a lot of oak, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and dried fruits, seasoned with black and red peppers. Finish is oaky, vanilla and citrus

15th September 2017

very good

It is very a good Whisky. I asked Gary who is my London friend to bring a good bottle of Whiskey over here. (Sri Lanka). He brought me Aberfeldy 12 Year Old, it was a good choise of Gary and Lissa. I ask Gary and Lissa to bring some more bottle next year.
Vernon from Sri Lanka.

5th September 2017

Brilliant sipper.

Easy drinking glory, lovely and smooth on the palate, leaves a gentle smoke behind, perfect touch of peat that isn't overpowering with a sweet hint as it goes in. Brilliant. Recently took a bottle to Athens for my girlfriends father and he loves it. That is a sure sign it is a good whiskey!

2nd September 2017

Excellent intro to scotch.

Love it, it is well rounded, not too overpowering in any of the common flavours associated with scotch. Great for an intro to scotches.

6th August 2017

Good value

Sweet and smooth
Better with a drop of water

5th June 2017

I found it very smooth smokey I recommended this for easy drinking

I enjoyed this so much it is so easy to drink it does as it says on the tin

16th April 2017

Better than I originally thought!

Wrote a review a 2 months ago and wanted to post another because I feel it deserves a bit more credit. I originally gave it 3/5 stars and I'm bumping it up to 4/5 stars. I've been given another bottle as a gift and quite frankly I love it. It's very smooth and I love the honey/vanilla/oaky flavor. The price is what really makes this a treasure (under $40)....I'll definitely keep one of these in the cubbard.

1st April 2017

A drop of water brings it out

The first time I tried this I found it a little harsh on the palate. Not overly, but having tried quite a number of whiskys and having personal leaning towards smoother sherried styled drams and ideally with a bit of fruitiness , balance and body, this seemed a little abrupt on first try. It's always great to revisit these first impressions though with subsequent experimentation to see what the whisky can deliver. For me, I find it's a lot more pleasing with a few drops of water. It produces a much more delicate, yet to my tastes more pleasing and balanced delivery. I experience notes I hadn't detected prior - a light peat, the fruity aspects come up much more and it's also noticeably smoother and feels a lot more balanced on the overall delivery. I understand this whisky is also used as a part of a blend with other lighter styled scotches and to my thinking that makes perfect sense because as a neat it's quite full bodied so the lighter styles it blends with would help balance and improve it. So if your like me and you found it a little harsh, try a few drops of water and let it settle for 10 minutes or so because in my opinion it comes into it's own at that point.

14th March 2017

Very good dram!!

Easy to drink, good value for money!

12th March 2017

A nice smooth whisky

A really nice utility whisky at an excellent price. A nice smooth dram. I love the packaging. Friends and I had long been impressed by the packaging with the beautiful picture of the distillery. I was so impressed, I made the pilgrimage to Aberfeldy and took a photograph of the same scene as on the package - not quite the same as one is not able to achieve the same elevation.

8th March 2017

Very nice! Caught me by surprise actually!

Give it a go, especially if you like a nice sweet, smooth, easy drinking whisky.

3rd March 2017


No soy experto, pero de los mejores que probè EXCELENTE !!!!

25th February 2017

İts very good

İt's a very good single malt of's very cheap and delicous. I think its Number one due to price/quality.

5th February 2017

Decent for the price

I enjoyed my bottle the more I had's sweet with a hint of vanilla and a bit of oak. I prefer the Glenlevit and Glenfiddich when craving a sweet/oaky single malt, but this would suffice considering the price. It's defenetly not as smooth as those two, but I'd buy it again as a change up.

4th February 2017

Stunningly smooth malt beautiful


2nd February 2017

interesting little tipple

im no expert but ive drank a fair bit of whiskey in the cheap to ridiculously expensive category ... what surprised me about this was that it naturally doesnt have the usual burn to your throat that you would expect from a scotch... its not overly complex but very easy to sip with no dilution... i dare say pretty easy to neck a whole bottle on one of those days ^^ but not the most characterful whiskey for the same reason and another reviewer described as sherry like or watery... i understand that ... its not what youd expect from a single malt scotch...more like a blend with a drop of water already added ...but very glugable for sure. wouldnt buy but wouldnt turn my nose up if it were offered to me again!

1st February 2017

Sweet and tasty

Very good whisky.Sweet and fine.Very tasty

19th January 2017

Good Highland Scotch

A bit of Oak and lightly sweet, with a soft finish. I taste a hint of citrus. Not a bad scotch for the price. I prefer the Glenlevit over this, but for the price it's worth it. It has grown on me the more I dove in. I'd buy again considering the price and taste.

14th January 2017

A peat lovers alternative

A good alternative drink for any peat lovers out there. Laphroiag, Lagavulin & Ardbeg are my usual. But if I fancy something different and a bit sweeter, this is my go to.

Pine and honey on the nose, amazing sweet honey and malt taste with a with a smooth and creamy texture, short finish. Can drink glass after glass. Almost a 5.

(Above is given from a smokers tastbuds)

13th January 2017

Mellow and rounded

A warm, lightly peated malt with a delicate sweet malted finish

30th December 2016

Not bad

Got this as a Christmas present. Not a bad dram at all. On the sweet side but not as bad as others out there. It's no Highland Park 12 or Talisker 10 but it does not fall in to my "do not buy" category.

25th December 2016

A cracking dram

Beautiful flavour with a thick creamy finish, well worth the money.

25th December 2016


First time of trying this brand of scotch. It is probably the best I have tasted so far. So smooth with a slight sweet back round, and a mellow back round with a cheering warmth.

25th December 2016

Rather bitter finish.

Nice nose, fruit and vanilla. Sweet taste with thick creamy texture. Rather bitter finish. Won't buy again.

11th December 2016

Absolutely cracking!

My new favourite

9th December 2016

Its a beautiful whisky and brilliant packaging

And the squirrel can be found on the back of the tube if you look carefully!

8th December 2016

Very pleasant indeed

It's been my nightly dram for the last week and I look forward to coming in to land my day with its pleasant savour....

1st December 2016

Its very good.

A well made quality malt whisky. I drink it with a little cold still water added. and the quality shines through. I would not hesitate to recomend it and hope it is to your taste.

26th November 2016

mr marc danjoux

very nice!

12th November 2016


This is a good average single malt. Nose is pleasant. It is very familiar to a Dewar's blend. Mild honey, little vanilla, light oak with some malt flavor. It is a scotch you don't have to think about when you drink. Not complex. Medium to short finish. Very easy to drink neat but if you mixed it I wouldn't care.

6th November 2016

Like it!

A good highland malt, I'm not very good at describing tastes in an arty farty way, but this one is quite nice.

5th November 2016

very good scotch whiskey

very good value for money whiskey easy to drink warm smooth and lingering in the throat would buy again

24th October 2016

True refined classic malt whiskey.

Such a refined quality tasting malt with good depth of bite, a sensational smell that lingers as you taste, it such a pity the bottles are small.

5th October 2016

Good but nothing special about it

This is a good example of a highland whisky but it's definitely not my favorite. I get some honey and heather with some citrus and barrel char. I wish this was stronger it would have more flavor but it's pretty good. Worth trying indeed.The Sugarbear

2nd October 2016

A rich taste

This whisky offers an excellent, rich taste and is a good value as well. Fairly smooth and not smoky.
A good regular drink. I definitely recommend.

27th September 2016

Very good!

Just got a bottle of this dram. I'm sipping it as I am writing this post. Nose is very sweet. I really can't smell the smoke. Palate is real smooth. Makes me think of Speyburn 10. Finish is medium and sweet. For the price (50 CAD), you cannot get any better.

24th September 2016

New to scotch.

Just started enjoying Scotch . Tried Johnnie Black just after Aberfeldy. Not hard to make a comparison . Aberfeldy is first rate. Easy to drink. And much more enjoyable. Looking forward to tying many more brands.

13th September 2016

Evil poison

I bought a bottle of "self bottled" 15 year old at a cost of £80.00p last month. It is 56.5 proof. I tried a small glas straight from the bottle and nearly choked. It tasted worse than petrol. I then thought I would try another with an equal amount of tap water added. I just managed to drink it but ended up with a pounding sore head. The rest of the bottle I poured down the sink.

7th September 2016


Good taste, light bodied, didn't pick up any peat but maybe that's just me. Great value for the money. A very good scotch for the price you are paying but nothing remarkable about it!

28th July 2016

Aberfeldy Malts

Like most of the world's malt distilleries Aberfeldy sell some expensive expressions. For example I have a 15 year old Flora & Fauna. I find the taste, palate and finish of the 'standard' Aberfeldy 12 year old to be very agreeable for every day whisky drinking, It is, to me, far better value than many other brands.

19th July 2016


Best Whisky for the money!

15th July 2016

Easy drinking scotch

Cream, slightly sweet, malt with some fruit.. Could not detect any peat, but perhaps was because tasted it right after Lagavulin 16 :)

9th July 2016


This is a must try . You owe it to yourself to try a very different yet amazing Scotch . You can actually drink it as is ,allowing all the light and varied flavours time to infuse the pallette. It will not leave you coughing and gagging like some other brands. Wine and Port buffs will really respect the complexities the ABERFELDY 12 has to offer. ENJOY.

6th July 2016


An excellent breakfast Scotch!

5th June 2016


Follows the MoM tasting notes well; creamy, sherried fruit, malty finish. Not too sweet, not too peaty. Very nice...

3rd June 2016

Try a sample before you buy.

Nose: sweet, honey some fruits. Mouth: Watery not much else. Finish: Short, bit of oak and sweet. Won't buy again.

27th May 2016

Mr. Delinquent

I really enjoyed this Scotch with a fine cigar today. It was very clean, with a light peat flavor profile. Impressive Highland malt good from beginning to end!!!

16th May 2016

Best leavi g present

I had this wonderful Highland bought as a leaving gift. The best 12 yr i have tried

15th May 2016

Brilliant Whisky!!

I bought this Whisky for a party we where having and it went down a storm, everyone loved it!

Great tasting and a great price, would definitely recommend it.

3rd May 2016

Best 12 year old

Started drinking scotch seven years ago. This is the best scotch under 18 year old we have have found yet!!!!!

27th February 2016

Solid choice if your on a budget

Kind of bought this on a whim... But no regrets on this purchase..

The nose is quite sweet and citrusy with a hint of smoke, the body really isn't that complex, but found notes of citrus and salt.. The finish is quite weak. I would say this would be a great entry-level single malt. In the end it was tasty and I guess that's all that matters

26th February 2016

Aberfeldy 12

A great tasting single malt! Loved the rich malty flavor.

19th February 2016

Best value I've found!

I've spent the last two years trying every Scotch I could get my hands on up to $200 a bottle (at around 2 dozen so far). This is the cheapest I've tried and it still manages to tie for first among my favorites (along with Highland Park). I hear they use this in the Dewars blend... What a shame (if true). It saddens me that they'd waste this stuff like that.

18th February 2016

Pure gold

Small town liquor store finally had Aberfeldy in and we thought we would try. It was bliss. Velvet. Smooth And full-bodied. It preceded a venison loin dinner. We should have had the fire lit, been smoking jacketed and gowned. The evening was memorable and for that, we thank you.

28th January 2016

Tastes like a Speyside

It lacks the robust flavor I've come to expect from a highland Scotch, having a lighter, more malty flavor like a Speyside. That it, it tastes more like Glenlivet than it does Tomatin or Dalwhinnie. Not bad, but if I want a Speyside, Glenlivet is half the price.

26th January 2016

Tremendous value

This is a very decent entry level Malt. The nose is light, strong malt, light sherry notes, a little marmalade and just a hint of smoke. On the tongue it is smooth as silk. The flavour lacks some complexity but contains all the usual ingredients of a Highland malt in perfect balance. The Finish is a little weak though there is a very pleasant sweetness with more malt and citrus, with just a touch of pepper.

This is selling for 30 Swiss Francs (about £21) in supermarkets on the continent. Fantastic value.

18th January 2016


I'm not a scotch affection ado, but the strength of the peat nose belays any progression onto the palette. I've 'experienced' over the top peaty palettes. This is a citric and woody palette. The nose translates into the palette. It seems almost seamless! The wood tannins makes the progression. Wood goes to honey and ends a wee bit citric. God, I love this stuff!

18th January 2016


One of the best I have tasted

12th January 2016

syrupy smoke

Nose. At first it's alive and intense. As you take a second and third it's crisp green apple and an amazingly inviting and comforting toffee.

Taste. Syrup, smoke, toffee and caramel, Tingley on the tip of the tongue and lips.

Finish. Medium to short, just enough to make you want more right away.

9th January 2016

A Bargain

I just bought a bottle at Heathrow Airport Duty Free. I paid 35 pounds which equals $55.00. Almost $15.00 better deal through Masters of Malt.

6th January 2016

Great for the price

If you like to sip easy drinking whisky without over-intellectualizing each sips, this one is great. Those nose is fruity and sweet, apples, oranges, unripe pears. Palate is pretty much the same, fading to some slight oaky bitterness (good sign, means there was just enough tanins remaining in the casks used) and faint spice.

4th January 2016

One dimentional

Perhaps it's because I jumped into the higher-end Scotches like Bunnahabhain and the smokey Ardbeg 10 yr first, but I just found Aberfeldy 12yr lacking in any kind of complexity. I admit it's quite smooth and easy to drink in that regard but it lacks in anything interesting in the nose and palate department. The finish is oak driven but nothing remarkable. It may also be because Im new to the Scotch game (I really wanted to like this one), but I found Aberfeldy 12yr to be a bit one dimensional and flat.

2nd January 2016

Great value

Taste - 4 stars
Value - 5 stars

Reminds me a lot of the Balvenie DoubleWood and a good bit cheaper (at least locally). I think I'll be adding to my list of 3 or 4 scotch "staples".

24th December 2015

Best Ever

I tried this in Edinburgh earlier this year and have just had a bottle given me for my birthday.
This is the best whisky I have ever tasted. And it will be the only whisky I drink from now on.

19th December 2015

Really Good Scotch

I'm not a person who can give you lots of taste note, etc. However this is DAMN good scotch; one that you really don't need, or want to dilute with a lot of water. Alittle ice is nice, but that's about it. Drink it, you won't be sorry.

11th December 2015


Among the best!

9th December 2015

alberfeldy new boy

Given a bottle for my 72nd birthday, and it was a first, and to date it is certainly my number one, I must tell all my friends before Christmas..

8th December 2015


found aberfeldy highland single malt scotch whisky very bitter and distastful not smooth first time trying this brand

27th November 2015

mr H

On the nose very fine, a bit fruity and honey.
In the mouth a very round palet of taste, first honey, then grain, and a bit of spices are following in a short tempo.
The taste after is a light hint of smoke. Very nice this one!

21st November 2015

One of the best...

Holding on for special occasions

20th November 2015


One of the lesser lights ever! Too harsh and no finish to talk of. So disappointed, have had better blends often.

31st October 2015


First time to experience this bottle and it is wonderfully smooth and palatable. I will always keep a bottle tucked away at home

14th October 2015

John Campbell

First time I've had a bottle, it is the smoothest nicest tasting Scotch that I have experienced in a long time , it will be a regular in my Scotch cabinet from now on

12th October 2015

Smooth and silky

Blindfolded one could easily think this was a soft 20 year old. A lovely whisky that is surprisingly good value. An instant favourite.

6th October 2015


Liked immediately the smell and the taste did not disappoint. Smooth taste and lightly smoky finish. This is my new favorite scotch!

18th September 2015

Real shocker

it came as a shocker after my first nose. The sweet juicy smell turning smokey .. A real stunner... Very smooth and smoky finish... Truly a great feeling ..

17th September 2015

Vo e tallefjanten?

Trist med den nya designen, Ekorren va just det som gjorde att jag köpte flaskan första gången. Äpple,kanel med en finish av sot?!?!? Mycket trevlig och spännande mix, men ändå tråkig!

23rd August 2015


excellent flavor and nose. Highland for sure. 80 proof allows for sipping a bit more than the 86 proofs!!

20th August 2015



17th August 2015

Not good, not bad

Fruity nose, rather boring palate but an interesting finish. Good alternative for more flavoursome 12yo like The Glenlivet.

6th August 2015

Not smooth anymore

I agree with the recent reviews claiming this whisky is now harsh.
Having visited the distillery, sampled and purchased bottles on two occasions I must say that the Aberfeldy whisky now being sold in supermarkets for the first time bears no comparison. I am thinking of contacting Dewars for an explanation.

21st July 2015

A Well Kept Secret

Found this wonderful treasure at a Quebec SAQ in Lachute.
Decided to give it a try, and so very glad I did.
I'm a MacAllens fan, this compares very well and is almost half the price.

Shhh it's our little secret.

13th July 2015

Smooth for the money

I have a private collection of over 40 different Whiskeys, being from Ireland! I am partial to a Macallan, with the ruby among my favourites. The scotch I normally reach for would be the Macallan or Glenmorangie 18. I've never tried Aberfeldy until I was presented two bottles as a gift and I must say its a fantastic, easy drinking whisky. It is extremely smooth, sweet and with a hint of smoke on the finish, for me personally a little more depth and this dram could invade the most exclusive shelf of any whiskey drinkers collection. overall a great addition to any collection at a very very reasonably price!

9th July 2015


I'm usually pretty hell bent on extremely smokey Islays, and this was given to me as a gift along with a bottle of bowmore 12. To my surprise, I've been reaching for the Aberfeldy more than the Bowmore, or anything else in my collection!

Great little change in my habits, love the fruitiness of it, very easy to drink. Great little scotch!

22nd June 2015

Amazingly Smooth and Satisfying

I've been a scotch whiskey drinker for over 40 years, and have tasted many blends and single malts, up to and including a very rare 60 year old Johnny Walker that was priced at $25 per ounce - and that was back in the 80's..... anyway, having just tried the Aberfeldy 12 for the first time, I find it incredibly smooth, fairly sweet and malty, and having a clean finish with a hint of smokiness. Of the 17 different whiskeys currently gracing my bar, I am planning to keep the Aberfeldy for my private stock, and pour the Talisker Storm into the sink. I used to think that the Glenlivet 18 would always be my top choice for single malts, but now that is no longer true. I can afford the pricier brands, but much prefer the luscious drinkability of this very unassuming small batch whiskey. The Aberfeldy is absolutely "Top Shelf" in my opinion.

19th June 2015

Caught me by surpirse

I saw it for the first time in my local specialty liquor shop. It is lightly sweet and spicy. Surprisingly good. I'll be buying it again.

25th May 2015

what happened?

When the lable, and package changed so did the contents. Used to be so very good, but now not so much. It seems more harsh, with a bitter finish. I'm dissapointed.

22nd May 2015


Tried this whiskey, and did not like it at all. It is has a very harsh finish. This is compared to a shelf full of various single malts. A mid-price blend like Famous Grouse is much nicer.

22nd May 2015

Not even close to the same scotch it used to be!!!

I reviewed this in 2013 on this site as a must have scotch at all times. This scotch completely changed when the label and tin changed. Different is not always bad. This is bad scotch now. I mourn the loss of one of my favorite scotches.RIP Aberfeldy 12

11th May 2015


J'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à déguster mon verre d'Aberfeldy. Agréablement surpris par son onctuosité. Un scotch que je vais offrir à mes invités sans gêne.

18th April 2015


Äpple, kanel som toppas av sot. Udda men väldigt trevligt.
Tråkigt med ekorren dock.

15th April 2015

director of photography

slowly becoming the bomb

15th April 2015

Worth trying

Worth trying if you can find a bottle. Not one of my top favourites bit should be experienced. Lovely sweet floral nose. Body is sweet with a touch of dryness, but a little too much of a spirit flavour to make this a classic for me. Unusual peppery finish. Goes really well with dark chocolate or with beer.

8th March 2015

Don't get it

Don't really get it - people trash the fiddich 12yo, the cardhu 12yo, and even the morangie at times as being bland and uninteresting. And this one gets pretty much all positive reviews. I had it only once, and it's the least interesting malt I've had. Woody, no real fruits, maybe just a hint of peat 'n smoke. Not much body, texture is watery, no real oil or punch. Very easy to drink, but at that rate I'd go for a blend. Don't understand the fuss about this one - and I'm not a big Islay kind of guy.

4th March 2015

My favourite of the non-peaty scotches

This is an excellent whisky. Smells of spice and pear, tastes like leather(and other things) with a hint of smoke and shiitake mushrooms(surprisingly good). It's somehow very long in the mouth. Would absolutely recommend. Very good value for the price.

8th January 2015


I have over 20 scotchs in my collection and it all started with this Scotch. This is probably the smoothest scotch I have and also the least expensive. I put this in a taste test for several of my friends (the other scotchs ranged from $50-90) against 8 other scotchs. Aberfeldy was in the top 3 in all of their rankings. I think everyone who wants to try scotch should definitely pick up this bottle. Then when you get your big boy pants on, then move to Laphroig and Ardbeg.

27th December 2014


Bättre än Lord Kulvert. Mycket bättre - faktiskt en favorit.

24th December 2014

My absolute favourite whisky!

Of the whiskies I have tasted this is my favourite! Mostly because it is good in all settings, room temperature at night or with a cup of coffee, on a hot summers day with a cube of ice, or after a good meal.
The other whiskies I have on my top five can on some occasions be better, but none has been so all round as this! That's why this must always be in my house! Just want to say thanks to my Scottish friend that introduced it to me!

24th December 2014

Probably the best in it's price range

Bought this after reading some reviews here and I've got to agree. As an entry level whisky drinker this offers a lot of flavor and goes down easy. I can definitely taste some sweet fruit reminding of peaches and it gets better the more you sip it. I don't really experience the whiskey as peaty on the finish as some others which I would appreciate, but the taste overall is excellent. Some honey and vanilla and very smooth.

31st October 2014

Best Malt I've tasted so far...

A peaty beautifully blended malt which isn't too strong on the taste buds.
Smoothest whisky I've had and now my favourite tipple. Highly recommend!

14th September 2014

not so good malt

a little bit to blended taste for a malt in my opinion. to much spirit/alcohol taste/burning and not enough whisky or malt taste. A budget malt whisky.

10th September 2014

Frank Q

Clean sweet a little spicy apples

10th August 2014

Nice flavore

I thought it was sweat, nice round flavor, mate some honey or floral notes. I tasted peat on the finish I'm not a big peaty scotch fan but it wasn't overpowering. I was a great after work drink.

18th July 2014

A proper Scotch Malt

Maybe, the best single malt I've tasted.

21st June 2014


This is a very good 'sippin' scotch, room tenp with a small splash of water' good body, great taste, and, most importantly, the peat shines through.

18th June 2014

A Proper Scotch Malt

Ignore the detractors as this is a very good dram. Ive been tasting mals and bourbons for over 40 years and can say without a lie that i keep a bottle in my cupboard

17th June 2014

Mr C

not a whiskey specialist by any means, but one of my favourites so far. Try it an you won't be disappointed

20th February 2014


very good

19th February 2014

Sandy C.

A very pleasant experience . Enjoyed the Aberfeldy 12 from the first sip to the last . Smooth and easy on the palate , no unpleasant aftertaste .

11th January 2014

Works for Me

Good drink enjoy the tones, try it with a good cigar and makes the perfect end to the day

31st December 2013

Excellent drink

Deep and earthy, and a very different taste to many other highlands - almost mimics an Islay on the back of the throats.

27th December 2013

Brown Paper Bag

This Whiskey should be sold from under the counter in Brown paper bags and not offered to the general public because...I WANT IT ALL. Taste it, buy it, and enjoy's worth every Penny,Cent,Dime.

26th December 2013

So difficult for in Asia.

Its such a good whisky, only thing is its so difficult to buy it

4th December 2013

best single malt I've tasted

A highly enjoyable single malt. Best enjoyed neat.

16th November 2013

Subtly Unusual

Very smooth and with great, long, lingering aftertastes. Not infused with classic whisky dramas, but very, very drinkable.

7th November 2013

Dermot Worthington

This bottle was roughly €33 about a month ago. Why the 40% price increase?

7th November 2013

smooth and tasty

What I want from a malt is something that doesn't burn the back of my throat but still has a bite and also tastes damn good. This one does it.

3rd October 2013

Inoffensive but refined

You could dismiss this whisky as unexciting but take the time to nose it in a Glencairn glass or similar and ensure that you taste it properly and I guarantee you'll be hard pressed to find any faults. Marmalade and honey notes on the nose, smooth and creamy on the palate with a delicate honeysuckle sweetness and a lingering finish. This is quality stuff! 9/10 at the price.

23rd July 2013

Happily surprised

Delicious whisky. Pear and orange peel. Sweet and smooth with a slight smokiness to it. An amazing scotch for its price range!

13th July 2013


I have tried way better, yet still better than many out there. Give it a try and see. Looking forward to your reviews.

13th July 2013

Tasted in Scotland

Tasted it before it was exported. Should have bought several bottles before leaving Scotland.

12th June 2013

One of the best !!!!

Ignore the "scotch snobs" - this is one of the best single malts there is. Having tried them all, this rates amongst the finest
In the world.

8th June 2013

Love it!

I have to have a bottle of Aberfeldy at all time. It doesn't feel right to not have one. If you just love Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, Etc. etc. Don't apply. This single-malt is simple and yet complex. The smell is fruity pineapple and decay??? I will call this peat. It has some smoke which comes from the peat but is not overpowering or medicinal in the least. Dark Chocolate finish. I love it again! Peace

3rd May 2013

George - Aberfeldy 12

Visited the distillery for the first time this year, despite visiting the area every year for the past 12 or so. Fabulous experience; a reminder that Dewars deserve a very great deal of credit for having propelled whisky to its current proud position. Aberfeldy is the heart of all Dewars blends, and is rather good as a single malt; really recommend it as a dessert malt, or a sweet nightcap. Nose: Honey dominates. Floral heather and sherry with a suggestion of syrupy fruit. Sweet barley and gentle peat mellowing in the background. Palate: Cereal sweetness and creamy, heather honey really prominent. An implication of peat with fairly robust notes of sherry and fruit. Finish: Sweet malt and honey still dominate. Trace of vanilla, and the mildest hint of spiced currants and peel - like a big, rich Chelsea bun.

19th April 2013

Top Shelf

Beginners only? Someone's tastebuds must be broken or something. This Scotch is one of the finest examples you'll taste in the 12 yr, $40 range. It has a quality near Suntory Yamazaki and Hibiki who've won global medals year after year. No one here mentions smoke. This whisky has a lot of smokiness, and a mature fine regal flavor.

26th March 2013

Direct and complex

This is a great Scotch. It has a big taste, but still has a nice subtley. We are in the realm of 'it is a matter of taste' here, but for a strong, direct character which stands up without losing its complexity, I like this Scotch.

26th July 2012

Among the best

I've tried many scotchs' but aberfeldy is damn good. Bought one from London to try and very happy I did cos it's my new whiskey of choice. So smooth and has a sophisticated taste! Try one now!

9th July 2012

Great entry-level whisky

Aberfeldy is a great unpretentious, no-nonsense whisky with a delicious honey sweetness and appealing smoothness. Not particularly complex, but I'd say it's among the best 'introductory' malts around.

22nd June 2012

sublime aberFELDY!


27th May 2012

sublime aberfledy

A sublime, beautiful drink. Don't listen to the snobs, buy it!!

27th May 2012

Aberfeldy 12

Fruit, honey, no peat - sweet malt!!! I like it!!!

8th May 2012

Good Stuff!

I have tried Crown Royal, and Bushmills however Aberfeldy was softer on the palate, smoother down the throat, and did not leave the burning alcoholic taste as other brands. I enjoyed it completely.

15th March 2012

My Go To!

This is a Single Malt that I can get comfortable with every evening at 5pm! This is a malt that does not need to be eased into, but yet has those special smooth notes of much more expensive single malts. A fantastic malt to introduce to any other scotch drinker without the fear embarrassment!

27th December 2011

Oh dear...

For beginners only? Please!! Who do some of these whisky snobs bother us with their own personal taste dressed up as education. This is a fine malt and its worth depends entirely on your personal preference

26th October 2011

Oh dear...

For beginners only? Please!! Who do some of these whisky snobs bother us with their own personal taste dressed up as education. This is a fine malt and its worth depends entirely on your personal preference

24th October 2011

Let's face it......

This is NOT rotgut........I also find most reviews of 12 year old whiskeys to be too finicky. Also, if you want good stuff like this, stay away from duty free and get to a supermarket of the country you're visiting. They're bound to have what duty free sells and they'll have it for less.
I paid 24 euros for my 12 yr old Aberfeldy in Italy. Duty free had it for 35. What do you think I'D pay?? I use to get 12yr old Jameson from a bartender in Italy for $17 a just have to look....
By the way, this is DAMN good single malt......gotta stop typing before the buzz kicks in....bottoms up!!!

17th January 2011

doesn't bear repeated drinking

pleasant at first - smooth and creamy - but, too sickly sweet to last. Like fast food or cake - nice for a quick refreshment, but too much leaves you wishing you'd had less.

11th January 2011

Average or a little more

Citrussy & malty, but also too much caramel added. Plus this unpleasant fizz effect on the tongue...For beginners only.

23rd May 2010


The Best to Enjoy it EveryWhere , Smoothly fruity.

14th December 2009

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