Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Aberfeldy 12

In my review of Speyburn 10, I mentioned a bottle of Scotch that the Good Lady Robickle had brought back from one of her trips to England.  What set apart this bottle was the picture of a squirrel on the bottle and the cap.  That and the distinct taste of peanuts.  The name of that Scotch had faded from memory and I didn't think I'd ever see it again.  But the LCBO has brought in a number of new malts and I was pleased to see a bottle with a familiar little rodent on the label.  Time to see if that whole peanut flavour thing was just a figment of my imagination.

The nose, man, there's very little aroma to this one.  I had to double check the bottle but, yah, not much waft to this malt.  Maybe it's because I'm slowly recovering from a 2 week long cold and my senses are still dulled but it's a little strange.  At most there's a slight hint of sherry but not much more.

The taste is smooth with a slight alcohol bloom but nothing stands out.  The aftertaste is where some character comes to life.  It's not the peanut taste I remember from 2 1/2 years ago but a strong, dry, deep wood bloom that shows up with authority, lingers for a while, and then is gone without any reminders.

I gotta say, I'm a little disappointed that there WASN'T any peanut flavour.  It was something so unexpected at the time and quite humourous with the squirrel on the label.  I mean, I didn't LIKE the peanut flavour but I was hoping to enjoy that memory again in real time.  As it is, it's kind of missing some key ingredients to a quality scotch.  It's smooth with an aftertaste that makes the purchase worthwhile but it would be nice to have something to enjoy before getting to the end.

Maybe it is my cold.  I'll check in again next week and re-review to double check.  But for now:

Peanut-less.  3 shots.

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