Oh dearest, dearest pocket. I sincerely hope you can forgive me once more for digging too deep, collecting the very last you had to offer, for no reason other than my own decadence. Forgive, and recover. I’m sure most, or at least many, fellow whisky lovers of less than unlimited means will have been in a similar situation at least once: you know you shouldn’t buy something, but equally you know that there is absolutely no chance of you not buying it.
Well that’s the situation in which I now find myself. I was in the shop the other day to pick up a couple of nice beers (a selection of Brewdog’s finest) and as I approached the till my eye immediately went to the lovely selection of whiskies stashed behind it – the sneaky things always know how to get you, don’t they? Put yummiest stuff by the till and any flesh and bone human is instantly rendered unable to do anything but make an unplanned purchase. That is basically the unnecessarily long story of how I ended up buying a bottle of Aberfeldy 21 year old – at just over $140 for the bottle.
I had been wanting to try it for quite some time and my local pub hasn’t had it in stock, so my basic line of reasoning (ever so refined, as always) was ‘why the heck not’. With my quite considerable expense in mind, expectations were high. The nose didn’t disappoint, presenting as it did a bouquet of flowers, oak and bit of exotic sweetness which I can only describe as somewhere between brazil and coconut. So far so very good. The palate is quite light and has a bit more kick to it, starting off with a pinch of spice, followed by heathery honey, oak, and quite sweet citrus – which I suppose might make it orange, though I’m not sure I actually want to be that precise about it. Oh well, too late now! As for the finish, it’s basically long, dry, and carries a mild spiciness all the way through, and it’s delicious.
The question which will undoubtedly be on everyone’s mind at this point (assuming you all share my exact thought pattern) is: so, was it worth the ninety-odd pound? The answer is yes, and no, and maybe, and oh I don’t know! I don’t have any regrets because it is a delicious whisky – very nicely balanced, very drinkable, all in all very pleasant. But then again, it is a quite expensive whisky, and I can’t say that I wouldn’t be able to get an equally nice bottle for half the price. It’s a tough call, but if you like a light, well balanced, slightly sweet and spicy whisky, and it’s within your price range, then I’d say go for it.
Nose: Floral, oak, exotic sweetness (brazil nut, coconut).
Taste: Light, spicy, heather honey, oak, sweet citrus, dry and spicy finish.