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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 flavour profile.
Nose: Creamy. Some sherried fruit with a trailing hint of smoke.
Palate: Sweet, malty, a gentle peat but nonetheless the mouth feel is very clean.
Finish: Malt, a faint hint of citrus.
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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
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
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!
One of the best I have tasted
12th January 2016
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
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
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
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
Taste - 4 starsValue - 5 starsReminds 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
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
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
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..A GREAT MALT
8th December 2015
found aberfeldy highland single malt scotch whisky very bitter and distastful not smooth first time trying this brand
27th November 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fruity nose, rather boring palate but an interesting finish. Good alternative for more flavoursome 12yo like The Glenlivet.
6th August 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
slowly becoming the bomb
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 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
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
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!
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
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
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
Clean sweet a little spicy apples
10th August 2014
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
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
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
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
19th February 2014
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
Good drink enjoy the tones, try it with a good cigar and makes the perfect end to the day
31st December 2013
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
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 it....it's worth every Penny,Cent,Dime.
26th December 2013
Its such a good whisky, only thing is its so difficult to buy it
4th December 2013
A highly enjoyable single malt. Best enjoyed neat.
16th November 2013
Very smooth and with great, long, lingering aftertastes. Not infused with classic whisky dramas, but very, very drinkable.
7th November 2013
This bottle was roughly €33 about a month ago. Why the 40% price increase?
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
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
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.
Tasted it before it was exported. Should have bought several bottles before leaving Scotland.
12th June 2013
Ignore the "scotch snobs" - this is one of the best single malts there is. Having tried them all, this rates amongst the finestIn the world.
8th June 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
27th May 2012
A sublime, beautiful drink. Don't listen to the snobs, buy it!!
Fruit, honey, no peat - sweet malt!!! I like it!!!
8th May 2012
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
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
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
24th October 2011
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 bottle.....you 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
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
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