Aberfeldy 15 Years Old Red Wine Finish (2019)
While Aberfeldy has just launched a new 40-year old handfill at the distillery, we take a look at a more humble new release from this Highland single malt distillery.
Pomerol is a protected French wine producing region in Bordeaux and home to some of the most sought-after wines in the world, like Château Pétrus for example. After spending 15 years in a combination of re-fill and re-charred Bourbon casks, this Aberfeldy was then finished in red wine casks from the Pomerol region for a little while—just four or five months.
It’s a limited edition, but since there’s no official number of bottles or cases, that’s probably not really a fair term. In this case it simply means that it is not part of the core range of the distillery, but you can bet there’s loads of bottles available. Surprisingly you can only get this release in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK.
Aberfeldy 15 Years Old Red Wine Finish (43%, OB, 2019)
Nose: Soft notes of honey and ripe apple parts, red apple skin, as well as cinnamon and cloves. There’s a touch of bung cloth, as well as Maraschino cherries and cocoa powder. The fruitiness remains the dominant aroma though.
Taste: A nice viscosity and initial sweetness, highlighted by candied apricots, honey comb and fudge, as well as a touch of kirsch liqueur. It’s also quite dry and there’s a good amount of oak tannins here.
Finish: Drying and spicy. Mocha and nutmeg.
Surprisingly full-bodied despite its low abv. I suspect these were European oak casks used for the finish, and I also suspect they are responsible for a decent richness and body, although I can’t be sure with my limited knowledge of French wines. I quite like it overall, as the wine is present without completely overtaking.
Sample provided by Aberfeldy
Photo: The Whisky Exchange
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.