Having recently passed through Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, I felt compelled to search the duty free for a unique and interesting dram that is not available in Ontario. The culmination of this search was the Aberfeldy 12 year old. This expression produced by John Dewar & Sons was launched in 1999 to much acclaim in the whisky community. Matured in ex-bourbon white oak casks, it is otherwise made using all Scottish ingredients.
Colour: Light amber
Nose: Cloves and incense with a slight chemical sharpness reminiscent of burnt toast. Fruit with heather rounds out for quite a filling bouquet
Palate: Supple, full texture giving a syrupy mouthfeel. This full-bodied maple surup-like taste gives way to a fruitcake and creamsicle sweetness. As one ScotchBlog member put it, "this whisky reminds me of Christmas morning".
Finish: Delightfully long sweet finish which while fantastically mellow has enough complexity to make the drinker want to fill their mouth with another splash to experience it over again.
Overall: It's a shame that this remarkably sweet Scotch is unavailable in Ontario, although it's syrupy, thick consistency is decidedly better suited as a dessert whisky.