The Aberfeldy 21 is one of the core Aberfeldy expressions (of which there aren’t many). This remains the one and only Aberfeldy I’ve tried to date as it’s not one I see terribly often. This is 21 years old and bottled at 40% ABV.
Nose: Crisp, clean malt with strong heather notes. Honey infused almond biscuits with just a slight hint of smoke.
Palate: Big and oily mouthfeel – smoke and floral notes up front with oak developing nicely over time. Rich with waxy citrus rinds.
Finish: Strong cocoa with malt and oak lingering for awhiel.
Rating: 89/100: I could only imagine how this one would perform above a paltry 40%. I’m not too much of a proof purist, but once you’ve had enough malt, you really start to realize the harm that bottling something at 40% can do. You’re left with just your imagination as to how much better a bottle might be – big leaps can even be seen jumping to 43% or 46% in my opinion.
Value for the money: These range from $100-$150 which I think is a big on the high side. The sweet spot would be around $70-$80 for me.