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December 9, 2022


Little Duos, Aberfeldy amend

We've had some pretty difficult official Aberfeldies the other day, but both had been heavily finished in red wine, so it's been two clear cases of HPE (Hawaiian Pizza Effect) while we all know that Aberfeldy is better than that. So let's have two other young ones, I was about to add some 'normal' young ones.

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Aberfeldy 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2022)

Aberfeldy 12 yo (40%, OB, +/-2022) Three stars
I believe this one's perfectly normal indeed, without any unnecessary make-up. Currently 35€ in France at dramazon, where they tell us that it 'contains sulphites' (right) and that it's 'grown in the shade' (I kid you not). Colour: light gold. Nose: it's hard to imagine some malt whisky that would be even more on barley, cereals, Fruit Loops, apple cake, kougelhopf, custard, raisin rolls, gingerbread, malt… It's hard to fathom why anyone would decide to disfigure this classic profile using sill red wine casks. Mouth: rather simpler on the palate, but once again, it's some classic malty whisky, with cakes aplenty and a very pleasant honeyness. The low ABV does it no good, but I'm not finding it particularly weak. Finish: rather medium, cakey, with some brown beer, more gingerbread, and with tiny touches of aniseed in the aftertaste, which I'm finding most pleasant. A little cardboard too, which a notch less pleasant. Comments: after many years, the relatively humble 12 from Perthshire is leaving the 70-80 zone in my book, at last. You may pour 1 teaspoon into your pumpkin soup, that would work perfectly. Love that.
SGP:441 - 81 points.

And now, please a very young Aberfeldy, we already had a lovely 7 last month…

Aberfeldy 6 yo 2013/2020 (46%, Van Wees, The Ultimate, hogshead, cask #304375, 395 bottles)

Aberfeldy 6 yo 2013/2020 (46%, Van Wees, The Ultimate, hogshead, cask #304375, 395 bottles) Three stars
This one should be totally au naturel. Colour: light white wine. Nose: pure barleyness. Whiffs of gueuze, pear cake, plums (greengages), apple juice… Not a lot to add, I would say, it's very nice elementary malt whisky, in the best sense of the word elementary. The pears do give the young age away. There's also a slight Glenmo-y side to this youngster. Mouth: rawer, but that's to be expected from a 6 years old. A little more lemony too, with more green apples as well, a grassiness playing with your gums, that famous limoncello that we keep mentioning every other day, a little rhubarb wine… Finish: medium, fruity and malty. Comments: another one that's not earthshattering (how could it be) but that's perfectly all right. Young malt whisky as nature intended, safe from any red wines based on Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon or Syrah (to mention but a few).

SGP:541 - 80 points.

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