Review: Aberfeldy 16yr SC (1994 A.D. Rattray)

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.

Score: 85.5

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.

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