For now we will have to content ourselves with this Aberfeldy 18 year old. As with the 12 year old there are no comments around natural colour or not being chill-filtered so we must presume both are present here to some degree. I appreciate I may have skipped over a 16 year old that is also a recent addition to this range but bear with me and I’ll track down a bottle when I can. So how does this 18 year old shape up?
Colour: gold leaf
Nose: red apples dipped in honey, a caramel note and with a waxy characteristic aka beeswax. Chestnuts, white chocolate, popcorn, a musty element followed by a herbal freshness of basil. With water lemons arise with a floral bouquet.
Taste: in some ways its simple but almost elegant in its presentation. More of the familiar honey and apples followed by syrup, almonds, vanilla and a hint of earthiness. The addition of water reveals shortbread and caramel.
Overall: this Aberfeldy 18 year old has poise and stature. It feels like its been left to mature in peace and hasn’t received any tampering during its slumber or when it comes to bottling. The end result is a lovely textured and satisfying whisky that whilst in some parts is simple retains an elegance.