It’s Gotta Be the Grapes
I revisited the Aberfeldy 15 year old this evening. It is a sweet fruit bomb! The luscious red fruit dominate this rich, smooth deep amber colored dram. It reminds me very much of the Deanston 9 year old, aged in Red Bordeaux casks.
This limited edition bottling has been finished in cabernet sauvignon wine casks from the Napa Valley in California. As I nose and sip this dram, notes of honey, oak, and subtle spice arrive. The finish is delicate and a bit drying.
As I recall neither of my scotch-drinking colleagues found these two malts as pleasing as I did but I recommend both of these modestly priced malts highly.