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Aberfeldy 21-Year-Old Argentinian Malbec Cask Finish

$280

OVERALL
RATING

9

Whisky Review: Aberfeldy 21-Year-Old Argentinian Malbec Cask Finish

Tasting Notes:

About:
A 21-year-old Scotch single malt finished for around nine months in Malbec French Oak wine casks sourced from Argentina. It is bottled at 46% ABV and priced around $280.
Appearance:
The glass has distinctively golden-amber single malt within, touched by a slight red tinge. The legs and viscosity are incredibly well-defined.
Nose:
The aromatics on this are mature and complex, with layers of rich, red berry fruits and oak intertwined. Undercurrents of black currants, marmalade, a wisp of smoke, sweet custard, and marzipan are present.
Palate:
Palate-wise, it is easy to get lost in this one in a positive way, as a very dry, luscious berry opening draws you down long, winding paths. Joining the tastebuds’ journey is luscious brown sugar, a nibble of coriander, oak, of course, chocolate velvet cupcake, sweet cream butter, and some deep dark raspberry.
Finish:
This finish is stunning. It kisses the back palate with a nice dry red wine moment backed by a hint of smoke that drifts away incredibly slowly.
Comments:
The depth and mature nature of the Aberfeldy 21-Year-Old Argentinian Malbec Cask Finish cannot be denied – it is true whisky mastery in a glass. A symphony of flavors that showcases once again this distillery’s ability to make use of unique red wine barrels from around the world to finish already exceptional Scotch.
Aberfeldy 21-Year-Old Argentinian Malbec Cask Finish review
We review Aberfeldy 21-Year-Old Argentinian Malbec Cask Finish, finished for around nine months in Malbec French Oak wine casks sourced from Finca Ambrosia Single Estate winery in Argentina. (image via Bacardi)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whisky from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

The Aberfeldy distillery, founded in 1896 in Scotland’s Highland whisky-making region, brings to the Scotch single malt world a very deep and diverse portfolio that begins with a natural water source in The Pitilie Burn (or small river) which runs past the distillery into The River Tay. It forms the backbone of the expressions from here, all of which are distilled through Alembic copper pot stills and aged in a combination of barrels, hogsheads and butts.

Aberfeldy is a consistent whisky producer who has long provided spirit for Dewars’ blended whiskies. Single malts are more recent here and have been noted as successes. Offerings in the core lineup include 12-year, 16-year, and 21-year-old bottlings.

What’s in the bottle

The whiskey being reviewed here, the Aberfeldy 21-Year-Old Argentinian Malbec Cask Finish, is a variant of the core expression of the same stated number of years. Distilled on November 14, 2001, and matured for over two decades in a combination of re-fill barrels and hogsheads, the whisky was then finished for a period of around nine months in Malbec French Oak wine casks sourced from Finca Ambrosia Single Estate winery in Argentina.

Aberfeldy Malt Master Stephanie Macleod and Finca Wine Maker Matias Macias collaborated on this project in selecting the Malbec casks for the finishing. After more than twenty years of aging, the resulting Exceptional Cask Series release became the latest whisky in this series to have a red wine ending, with previous offerings including French, Californian, and Italian influences.

Bottled at 46% ABV, the final offering is pricing around $280.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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