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Aberfeldy 12YO revisited – review of the new version

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Whisky

Four years ago I got a chance to taste Aberfeldy 12 year old single malt. I was not impressed. It was too delicate for my taste. Since then they’ve refreshed the visual identity and packaging design. As far as I know, the content is still the same. Still, I decided it was time to revisit this prize winning classic dram from Highlands.

Aberfeldy distillery was founded in 1896 by John Dewar & Sons, Ltd. That’s why its malt whisky is the base for Dewar’s Blended. They use American Oak Ex-Bourbon casks for maturation.

Even though the package and label are missing its signature Aberfeldy red squirrel, I must admit that the revamp has given some dignity. The new version comes in a handsome black tube decorated with rose-gold colored font. Very stylish. You can read my review of the Aberfeldy 12YO old version.

Tasting notes

Matured in:
Ex-Bourbon casks
ABV: 40%
Colour: Young Sauternes
Nose: Very smooth, quite creamy. Bit of spices and sherry. Cereal and hints of pineapple. Honey starts to dominate at some point.
Taste: Lots of barley sugar. Sherry and fruits. Notes of vanilla and full of malt. Still delicate, but full.
Finish: Sherry notes hits you good. Otherwise the aftertaste is a bit lame.
Balance: Easy to drink, smooth and balanced but not much in character. Either the recipe has improved or my palate has changed but either way, I like this new version more than the old one.

Scoring of Aberfeldy 12YO New Version

Distillery: Aberfeldy Region: Highland

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky Review

New package and bottle design of Aberfeldy 12 year old single malt whisky

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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