Aberfeldy 12

Aberfeldy 12 1

Sometimes I need to walk back amongst the mortals. Especially after being on vacation.

Thanks to /u/ounknownto for the sample to help that out.

Getting down to earth means not just reviewing all the silly stuff that we all go a little bit too nuts over.

Granted after this one that’s all of my next 3 reviews. But let’s stay in the now. Because my now right now is all stirred up, so I’d like to escape to a different now that’s not as shitty.

A now where I try Aberfeldy 12 was a great way to be in a different now. This award-winning dram stayed under the radar until it was bought by Bacardi. And then they… changed it to rum?

No, they added it to Dewar’s? I don’t really know. It’s like being bought by a major company somehow made it more popular. Or maybe that’s just what Bacardi wants us to think. I mean… they used to be from Cuba… Wait I’m Canadian, I go to Cuba.

Ignore that last paranoid part.

Anyway, the reason it started to be known after Bacardi bought it was they actually launched a Single Malt from it. Before that, Aberfeldy was just sold to them to be used in Dewar’s. And by “in Dewar’s”, I mean it’s the main malt in Dewar’s.

So, thanks Bacardi! Let’s see how this one tastes!

Aberfeldy 12 2

Price: $59.95 (CAD) at the LCBO

Region: Highland

Abv: 40%

Colour: 2.5Y 7/8

Nose: Peach, simple syrup, clove, ginger, lemon, butterscotch

Light, and good for summer. From what I can remember from Dewar’s White Label, this seems familiar. Also has some nice Autumn flavours in it as time goes on.

Nothing too complex. Still coming back down to earth, just like the good book told me (Apollo 13: The Movie Novelization).

Taste: Butter, ginger, lemon pepper, mango, nutmeg, orange

Smooth is a word that sometimes is used a pejorative. This is a similar case. It’s buttery and fruity, with some citrus. Not much going on here, like a Born-Again’s crotch.

Finish: Butter, peach, allspice, lemon pudding, cinnamon

Nice amount of spice at the end, the finish follows in the same okay path that the rest of the dram does.

It’s not bad, it’s just… butter, peach, and spice. Make a peach cobbler and you have something better with better mixture of flavours. Here they aren’t really melding too well.

Conclusion: Good, relaxing, refreshing summer dram here. Nothing more, nothing else. It’s fruity, a little spicy, and I can see why they released it. It’s not half bad. More time/abv/finishes/anything would be nice, but this is a good starter dram none the less.

73/100

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