John Dewar & Sons has unveiled its latest expression from The Golden Dram – Aberfeldy16 Years Old, a Highland single malt Scotch whisky that has been finished in premium Oloroso sherry casks.
Built by the Dewar family in 1898, the distillery is one of a handful remaining in Perthshire. The house style is rich but smooth and accessible with an emphasis on notes of honey. The long fermentation time of 70 hours allows for greater flavour development as an extended fermentation encourages the creation of more esters, which in turn give the whisky fruitiness.
Known as The Golden Dram, Aberfeldy’s water source, the Pitilie Burn, is steeped in local folklore and its qualities have long been sought-after. The burn is renowned for being rich in mineral deposits including alluvial gold.
The importance of the water source and casks is illustrated on the Aberfeldy label designed by Stranger & Stranger, the agency responsible for all the packaging across Bacardi’s Last Great Malts portfolio.
The newly released 16 Years Old single malt is bottled at 40% ABV, and is described as “rewardingly viscous and sweet; full of fresh fruit and buttery notes”. Priced at £62.00, the new expression is available in 11 markets: Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.
The single malt brand of Aberfeldy is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.
7 December 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor
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