Bought – Best of Whisky, Holland, 26th August 2014
92/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
88/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 3 reviews)
There I was, minding my own business, when I spotted someone on a whisky forum saying they ordering Scotch from Holland. Until then I’d only ever bought whisky from within the UK but I was aware there were bargains to be had on mainland Europe. I contacted the said forum member and he confirmed how easy it was to order alcohol from Holland. He mentioned he was getting the Aberfeldy 21yo £30 less than the cheapest UK price, so I had to have a look! Wouldn’t you?! I only selected 5 bottles but, even adding in €16 for delivery I saved £100 compared to UK prices. Another added bonus of buying from abroad was getting whiskies that aren’t available in the UK. These were a Highland Park 1994 and 10yo which I’ll be blogging about soon.
With the price of Aberfeldy whisky in the UK I wasn’t expecting to upgrade my miniature of the 12yo I got last year, so getting the 21yo was a nice surprise. It’s the first whisky in my collection to come in a plush box with a satin-like interior. Fancy! Jim Murray describes the smell of this dram in his Whisky Bible as “superb!” then says of the taste “uniquely nutty delivery screams “Aberfeldy!”; creamy texture without losing complexity. Out of the oils vanilla rises cleanly”. He summaries with “a distillery I have long held in very high esteem here gives a pretty clear view as to why.” And on that note I would say my hunt for the perfect Aberfeldy has come to an end. That’s just as well because there’s plenty more distilleries to sip around!
Here’s Horst Luening of Whisky.com with his thoughts on YouTube (Jan 2015):