Whisky Focus - Aberfeldy 16 & 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Travel Retail Exclusive

Aberfeldy 16 & 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish


17th August 2018
Aberfeldy launch 16 and 21 year old Madeira Cask Finish expressions exclusively in travel retail.

Aberfeldy 16 & 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish

Aberfeldy has unveiled two new travel retail exclusive expressions, Aberfeldy 16 Year Old and Aberfeldy 21 Year Old both of which have been finished in Madeira casks.

The two new whiskies, which have been crafted by Aberfeldy's Malt Master, Stephanie Macleod, have both spent up to 12 months in the ex-Madeira wine casks before bottling. For this Stephanie sourced two types of Madeira casks to finish both the 16 and 21 year old expressions; ex-Malvasia Malmsey - the most famous and also the richest, sweetest style and ex-Bual – dark in colour, with medium-rich texture.

These types of flavourful Madeira casks are known to imparted classic Madeira notes of caramel, peaches, orange peel and burnt sugar. Aberfeldy tell me that finishing the two whiskies in this combination of Madeira wine casks has elevated the maturing malt, heightening the level of complexity and adding to the typical honeyed richness of the distillery’s house style.

Stephanie comments: "Aberfeldy is a both an approachable yet complex dram, it has those similar sweet rich notes that Madeira wine is famously known for. By using Madeira casks I’m able to further develop the layers of flavour present in Aberfeldy’s honeyed-rich characters, resulting in a whisky with extra spiciness - the perfect complement to the Golden Dram."

The Aberfeldy 16 year old is described as as: "soft notes of honey are freshened with citrus and delicate tones of baked apples, rich spiced with cinnamon and creamy vanilla".

The Aberfeldy 21 year old is described as as: "Richly textured and complex whisky with notes of ripe fig baked in honey. There is a hint of walnut oil and a snap of dark chocolate".

The new Aberfeldy Madeira Casks, both of which are bottled at bottled at 40% ABV, join the existing Aberfeldy portfolio of single malts as global travel retail exclusives. They will launch in airports globally, priced at £86/$110 for the 16 year old and £153/$195 for the 21 year old, and will be available from this month..

If you wont be passing through an airport anytime soon you can also find the current Aberfeldy core range including the standard Aberfeldy 16 and 21 year old expressions available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

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