John Dewar & Sons has unveiled its latest expression from Aberfeldy, “the golden dram”, under its banner of the Last Great Malts.
Aberfeldy 16 Years Old is entirely finished in casks that formerly held a premium oloroso sherry, bringing a sumptuous and more pronounced sherry accent to the malt and a suggestion of dried fruit and spicy notes.
The house style is rich but smooth and accessible with an emphasis on notes of honey. The distillery’s 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.
Its water comes from the Pitilie Burn which is steeped in local folklore and renowned for being rich in mineral deposits including alluvial gold – contributing to its nickname as “the golden dram”. The new single malt is bottled at 40% ABV.
The much-anticipated arrival of the 16-year-old follows last year’s release of a 12-year-old and a 21-year-old, plus an 18-year-old exclusively for travel retail.
They are part of the Last Great Malts – single malts from Bacardi’s Scottish distilleries that also include Royal Brackla, Aultmore, Macduff and Craigellachie.
According to the tasting notes for Aberfeldy 16 Years Old, it has aromas of honey, citrus and spicy cloves, with full sherried notes on the palate like fruitcake followed by dark chocolate. It is described as “rewardingly” viscous and sweet, full of fresh fruit and buttery notes.
With a recommended price in retail of £62, the new expression is available in 11 markets around the world including the UK.