Aberfeldy 16yr SC (1994 A.D. Rattray) Review
- 16 year
- 55.5% ABV
- Bourbon hogshead
So, I saw a single cask release of Aberfeldy at cask strength, matured in bourbon hogshead from A.D. Rattray. Oddly enough, very few reviews posted for cask strength Aberfeldy releases. Being a lunatic, it seemed like a good idea to get a bottle. No idea at all what to expect going into this.
Nose: Pineapple, vanilla, melon, apricot, malt and orange peels.
Palate: malty, vanilla, pineapple, nutmeg, ginger, milk chocolate, apricot and honey.
Finish: Ends with nutmeg and pepper. Medium and warm. Honey, oak, lemon and spice.
Reminds me in some ways of Balvenie bourbon single casks with more spice. Honestly, this is not great, but it is not bad. A sherry cask would likely help balance out some of the spice, else more time. Looking forward to see how the bottle oxidizes with time, worst case is this will make a fun mystery or sample. Considering the bottle sat on shelves for almost 7 years, this could have gone far worse.