I'VE spent several enjoyable holidays in the Perthshire village of Kenmore, and every journey there involves taking a drive through Aberfeldy. It's impossible to miss the distillery on a visit to the town, but finding this single malt out in the wild is a rather more difficult task.
This is partly due to the fact that most of the whisky produced at this splendid distillery goes into Dewar’s world famous blends, leaving Aberfeldy's 12 and 21-year-old single malts to fend for themselves.
On the nose, the 40% 12-year-old is very sweet, with honey, peaches, fresh pineapple and hard-boiled barley sugars coming to the fore, while a wisp of peaty smoke lingers in the background.
On the palate, the whisky is sweet and delicious with an almost liqueur-like viscosity, with golden syrup and honey coating the mouth before a bouquet of floral notes dance across the tongue.
The finish is sweet, spicy and dry with hints of orange and ginger, while there's also a small dab of liquorice tucked away in the background.
There's not a great deal of complexity here, but then, sometimes you just want an easy going dram after a hard day, and Aberfeldy 12 certainly hits the spot. It's fairly cheap, too, and you should be able to pick up a bottle for less than £30. What's not to like?