News: Aberfeldy 16

Aberfeldy 16
  • Aberfeldy 16
  • Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberlour (Speyside)
  • 16 year old single malt
  • 40 % ABV
  • Oloroso sherry cask finish

The 16 year old Aberfeldy is a new addition to the Aberfeldy line of Bacardi's Last Great Malts.

Built by the Dewar family in 1898, the distillery is one of a handful remaining in Perthshire (Edradour, Blair Athol, Deanston, Tullibardine, Glenturret and the new Strathean being the others).

The house style is rich but smooth and accessible with an emphasis on notes of honey. Abderfeldy 16  is entirely finished in premium Oloroso sherry casks, allowing a sumptuous and more pronounced sherry accent to the malt, giving a suggestion of dried fruit and spicy notes that only the finest of quality casks contribute.

The long fermentation time of 70 hours allows for greater flavour development as an extended fermentation encourages the creation of more esters which in turn give the whisky fruitiness. Known as The Golden Dram, Aberfeldy’s precious water source, the Pitilie Burn, is steeped in local folklore and its qualities have long been sought-after. The burn is renowned for being rich in mineral deposits including alluvial gold.

Tasting notes

Alba’s rare alchemy, exhaling honey, citrus and spicy cloves. Sherried and full like fruitcake, then dabs of dark chocolate. A soothing Scotch elixir for a favourite couthie corner.

Theis new expression joins the existing portfolio of single malts with a 12yo and a 21yo Aberfeldy. It is described as rewardingly viscous and sweet; full of fresh fruit and buttery notes.

Priced: £62.00 / €88

Available in Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.

Source and pictures: Bacardi/Quercus Communications