Category Archives: Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy 21-year-old

Bought – Best of Whisky, Holland, 26th August 2014

Ratings:
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):

Aberfeldy 21yo 70cl

Aberfeldy 12-year-old – 5cl

Bought – Justminiatures, 13th November 2013

Ratings:
83/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
78/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 5 reviewers)

I’d laugh if this turns out to be my favourite whisky, ever! I’m yet to try this miniature but I was very reluctant to buy it at all. What put me off was the reviews, which all seem to be mediocre at best. It’s possible to buy a full 70cl bottle of this Aberfeldy 12yo in the supermarkets but with the price of £35 they have to be joking! The cheapest online price I could find is £30. From my increasing knowledge of review ratings v’s price, a big bottle shouldn’t be more than £25, in my opinion. So I decided to splash out £3.99 and get a miniature. I’ll only drink it when I’m prepared to replace it, so that might be a while yet!

Here’s Jo of Whisky Wednesday giving us his thoughts on You Tube (December 2012):

Aberfeldy 12yo 5cl