Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 16yo & 21yo

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If you’ve passed through Duty Free recently you may have noticed two new, and rather exciting, additions to the Aberfeldy shelves. Aberfeldy have released a 16 year old and a 21 year old which have both been finished for up to 12 months in two types of Madeira casks; Malmsey and Bual. Commenting on the release of these two new whiskies, Stephanie MacLeod, Malt Master at Aberfeldy, said: “Aberfeldy is a both an approachable yet complex dram, it has those similar sweet rich notes that Madeira wine is famously known for. By using Madeira casks I’m able to further develop the layers of flavour present in Aberfeldy’s honeyed-rich characters, resulting in a whisky with extra spiciness – the perfect complement to the Golden Dram.”

Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 16yo
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40% ABV
RRP $110 (1 litre)

Nose: Apple purée, keylime pie, honeycomb, vanilla candles, toffee popcorn and some very faint floral notes.

Palate: Vanilla fudge, butterscotch, sandalwood, Toffee Crisp bars, poached pears and apple strudel.

Finish: Aromatic spices linger, with some apple chews and gentle oak.

Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 21yo
Global Travel Retail Exclusive
40% ABV
RRP $195

Nose: Much richer, with plum jam, dates, brambles, Danish pastries, toasted walnuts, polished mahogany and cacao nibs.

Palate: Firm oak, along with cherry, syrup of figs, marzipan, golden treacle, chocolate orange and some rum soaked raisins.

Finish: Some lovely dark chocolate, a touch of clove and some sweet leather.

Overall: I really enjoyed both of these drams, I really did. £85ish for a litre of the 16yo is pretty good going, but £155ish for the 21yo is a bit of a stretch, even if it is lovely. I’d like to have seen these bottled at higher strength as I reckon they would both benefit hugely from being closer to 50%, and then the 21yo would become better value for money. Even so, if you have some money burning a hole in your pocket as you pass through Duty Free on your travels home this Christmas, you (or whoever you gift it to) won’t be disappointed with a bottle of either of these.



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