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Review: Aberfeldy 12 Yr

The distillery, which was founded in 1896 by John Dewar & Sons, was closed during World War I and World War II, as the British government rationed the supply of grains during wartime to ensure an adequate food supply. In 1972, however, the distillery was rebuilt and retrofitted with four new copper pot stills.

The distillery has two wash stills with a capacity of about 16,500 liter and two spirit stills with 15,000 liters. With these capacities the Aberfeldy distillery lies in the middle of the range of pot still sizes.

The Basics

  • ABV: 40%

  • Cask: ex-Bourbon

  • Nose: Orchard Fruits, honey, grated nutmeg.

  • Taste: Smooth honeyed fruit with apple notes. Sweet spice slowly builds.

  • Finish: Medium and sweet


Aberfeldy 12 Yr

Chris' Opinion: This is an honest to goodness sipper. Smooth, sweet, and just enough going on to make it a bit interesting. We've had this at a tasting or two and it tends to be that scotch that everyone can agree is not offensive, and generally accepted as a good place to start your night! Overall, on the nose, taste and finish, I get that orchard apple, a general honey sweetness, and some baking spice mixed in.

Dan's Opinion: This is one of my favorite cabin/lake Scotches it also happens to be my flask Scotch. I had no intel on this when I picked it up, rather just kind picked it off the shelf with no real though except needed something for the lake. It is haney and spice and everything nice. A great pairing with a campfire or rainy board games night out under the stars.

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