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Review: Aberfeldy 18 Years Old Finished in Cote-Rotie Casks (2021)

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This restricted version launch of Aberfeldy 18 Years Old has an more and more fashionable twist: ending in purple wine casks, which the distillery is rolling out for the second yr operating. On this case, the ending barrels are from the Cote-Rotie area present in France’s Rhone Valley. There’s no phrase on the size of the ending this time, however last year’s Bordeaux-finished bottling spent 4 to five months within the ending cask.

Crimson wine ending will be tough with whisky, and this bottling is not any exception to the rule. The influence of purple wine is instantly evident on the nostril, tannic and meaty, with cereal and spice notes serving to barely mood the winey notes that in any other case wholly dominate. The palate feels comparable, fairly sharp with notes of pepper jerky, some currant notes giving the again finish some a lot wanted fruit. Toasty oak is large on the end, however just for a second, earlier than the whisky retreats to notes of beef tallow and bacon fats.

The 2020 bottling of this restricted launch noticed a way more completely different expertise, significantly fruitier and sweeter all through. Sadly, this launch is simply a lot too savory for straightforward enjoyment, that tannic spine having its manner with the fragile underlying spirit.

86 proof.

B / $140 /

Aberfeldy 18 Years Outdated Completed in Cote-Rotie Casks (2021)




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