Aberfeldy 16 (Batch 2918) / 40%
This is batch 2918, an OB Aberfeldy aged for 16 years in casks, and then given a Madeira finish.
- Color: russet (1.3), almost certainly coloured
- Nose: varnish, green grapes, some banana bread, caramel, and marshmallow
- Taste: thin, sweet, and grainy; rum raisin and toffee
- Finish: very short, burnt sugar
I don’t feel much of an improvement over the 12 years here — perhaps it’s sweeter, and a little maltier — but it’s really held back by bottling at 40%. You could get an equivalent experience sucking on a Wether’s Original gum-drop slow-aged in your grandfather’s coat pocket for the last year.