Aberfeldy Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 16 Years
What the Distillery Says
They really don’t say anything much. Aberfeldy was rolled out as a single malt several years ago as part of the “Last Great Malts” series. However, that seems to have not taken off quite as well as Bacardi hoped and the website for the series redirects back to Dewars.
What Gary Says
Nose: Thick sherry, sour oak, cloves and honey with a hint of smoke.
Palate: Musty sherry sweetness, thin and subtle with a slight spice kick.
Finish: Moderately long and drying with a sharp note at the end.
Comments: I really enjoyed the nose but the palate was like a different whisky. I’m not familiar with Aberfeldy, so not sure how this compares to the rest of their line-up. The palate left me wanting what the nose telegraphed. Perhaps an offering at a higher proof would really shine.
What Richard Says
Nose: Treacle tarts, dried straw, and a pinch of sherry.
Palate: Baked apples with a bit of lemon zest and honey. A toddy anyone?
Finish: Oak forward with lingering cracked pepper around the edges.
Comments: This was referenced in the press release as a sherried expression of Aberfeldy but the sherry influence is mild and understated. Aberfeldy is a great keystone malt for the Dewars blends but it fails to stand on it’s own as a single malt. Not bad at all, just not exceptional. There is nothing here that screams for your attention. It could be one of a dozen different malts in the age and price ranges of this one. But then again, isn’t that was makes this such a great blending malt?
We would like to thank the Bacardi for sending us a sample to review.
Sunday, August 23 at 6pm
Hosted by Dewar’s Ambassador, Gabe Cardarella
Dewar’s 12 year old
Thick Cut Sizzling Bacon
Ashton Heritage Belicoso Cigar
Dewar’s 15 year old
Dewar’s 18 year old
NY Strip 16 oz.
Creamed Corn, Creamed Spinach
San Cristobal Revelation Toro Cigar
RESERVATIONS: click here or call: 404-846-0644
$79 plus tax & gratuity
New York Prime
3424 Peachtree Road, NE
Located behind the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
First, my apologies on the late posting of this event. I was on vacation with my wife last week and I’m running a little behind on blog business. I owe Matt a review or two and I owe all of you a April new release recap.
This Sunday, May 16th at 7:00 PM there is a scotch, steak, and cigar dinner being held at New York Prime Steakhouse in Atlanta. New York Prime does these dinner every so often and I think they are really neat events at a decent price. $59.95 plus tax and gratuity will get you this…
Meet & Greet with Dewar’s 12 Year Old and a Montecristo Classic Toro
First Course: Chopped Salad with Dewar’s White Label
Second Course: 16 oz New York Strip wih Creamed Spinach, Creamed Corn and Dewar’s 18 Year Old
Third Course: Key Lime Pie with Dewar’s Signature and a Saint Luis Rey Series G
For reservations contact Michael Smith at 404-846-0644
It sounds like a great event but sadly I probably won’t be there. If anyone gets a chance to go, let us know how it was.
Drink wisely my friends,
Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Premium Scotch Whiskey
40% ABV/80 Proof
What the Distillery Says:
Chivas Regal 12 year old is an expression of a unique tradition that has continued unbroken since the Chivas Brothers first introduced the world to the rich, smooth Scotch whisky of Chivas Regal.
Colour: Radiant, warm amber.
Nose: An aromatic infusion of wild herbs, heather, honey, and orchard fruits.
Taste: Round and creamy on the palate, Chivas 12 bursts with the rich taste or ripe, honeyed apples, and notes of vanilla, hazelnut, and butterscotch.
Finish: Enjoy the lingering finish.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Floral notes of fresh cut flowers and orange blossoms with a sweetness of honeysuckle. It’s very buttery with only very light traces of wood.
Palate: The palate isn’t quite as impressive as the nose. The citrusy sweetneess of the nose is nonexistent on the palate. Hints of vanilla and wood. Not necessarily oak but still woody.
Finish: Very smooth finish. It leaves the mouth very woody but with more oak now. The mouth is left almost peppery before the finish is done.
Comments: Chivas is another staple of blended scotch. It’s readily available and offers a nice alternative to Johnnie Walker Black Label.
What Matt Says:
Nose: Shortbread cookies, vanilla, citrus, floral, creme brulee and traces of dark chocolate and overripe berries.
Palate: Pretty straight forward; oak, caramel, and citrus
Finish: Burny and citrusy (not real words I know).
Comments: Nothing terribly offensive here, but nothing special. I’m not sure this counts as a Gateway dram. I would definitely choose this over Johnnie Walker Red or Black. Probably my favorite of the Gateway blends (although a recent encounter with Dewar’s White Label may be converting me).
Overall Rating: Average
Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
40% ABV, 80 Proof
Around $30, Available Everywhere
What The Distillery Says:
The long-celebrated Dewar’s White Label was created by John Dewar & Sons first master blender AJ Cameron in 1899 and has been the company’s leading blend for over 100 years. Only the Dewar’s Master Blender can unlock the secrets of this closely guarded recipe, which has been passed down from Master Blender to Master Blender and continues to produce a smooth, perfectly balanced taste that never varies.
A blend of up to 40 single malt and grain Scotch whiskies, White Label’s distinctive heather and honey notes evoke the rich heritage of the Scottish Highlands, thanks to the fine Aberfeldy single malt at its heart.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Citrus (navel oranges?) and wood chips. Water opens up the wood, hides the citrus, and adds a medicinal tinge.
Palate: I know this is going to sound cliche but Dewar’s tastes like Scotch. By that, I mean it tastes like the stereotypical Scotch. You get oak notes, peppery spice, a hint of iodine, and that’s about it. It’s delicate on the front and back of the palate but it zings you with pepper in the middle. Nothing too special about the flavor profile.
Finish: Very smooth. The Dewar’s leaves peppered oak behind and not much else.
Comments: Dewar’s White Label isn’t bad, it’s just not special in any way. I’ve tasted a lot of the newer things that Dewar’s has been developing recently and they are all pretty good. The Signature is exceptional (review to come). However, their standard expression isn’t much to write home about. It’s like the Budweiser of Scotch. I would probably put it down in cocktails, over ice, or with soda.
Rating: Probably Pass
What Matt Says:
Nose: When I first poured this dram, I got a lot of caramel and a little vanilla. However, once the whisky had a chance to settle, there was nothing but nail polish remover. Perhaps pouring this through a wine aerator would open up the nose a little more. A little water brings a bit of peat to the party, but all other notes are muted to obscurity.
Palate: The dominant flavor here is tobacco; there is a subtle sweetness that brings to mind sweet cream. Again, water brings out a little peat. It also helps tone down the tobacco. Unfortunately, the sweeter notes lack the punch to shine through and hang out at the back. Some burn with this one (water helps).
Finish: Long finish of cigar butts and a slight burn at the sides of the tongue.
Comments: Not a bad intro into blended Scotch (partly because of its availability). I cannot recommend that you sip this though. White Label is better enjoyed on the rocks or with club soda. Dewar’s is an especially good intro into whisky for smokers and chics with daddy issues.
Rating: Probably Pass
Overall Rating: Probably Pass (unless it’s the only thing around and you have some extra soda to get rid of)