Tonight’s theme was selected and hosted by Parul, inspired by The Last Great Malts of Scotland video produced by John Dewar & Sons. A selection of malts from Dewar’s distilleries, the range focuses on some of the oldest whiskies that represent the variety of whiskies in their kitty, namely the Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackala. We had the pleasure to sample three of these back-to-back! We slid into the evening by watching the nostalgic brand film of the same name:
Aberfeldy 12, Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 40%
This whisky is known to be the central component of the Dewar’s blended whisky. Read what The Whisky Exchange had to say about it.
fermented, dahi sourness, a sweet hint of fruits
very lightly spicy, fresh but watered down apple juice, a touch of honey, notes of hay and wood. It’s like they barrel-aged water in virgin barrels.
Very light and easy, but not for the more seasoned whisky-lovers who crave a bit of depth.
Next we moved onto the Craigellachie 13 year, Speyside Single Malt Whisky – 46% . If you want to read more notes, check out what’s been written on Master of Malt.
caramel and honey sweet, some spice
Oily yet surprisingly light, canned pears, pepper, mint
peppery spice finish, some woody smoke
adds more wood and mellows the spice
Not a bad dram at all. This one definitely beat the Aberfeldy in terms of an overall roundedness.
Lastly, we moved onto the Aultmore of the Foggie Moss, 12 years, Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 46% . This one ended up being the favourite of the evening, especially for a summertime dram. If you want to read more notes, check out what’s been written on Master of Malt.
orchard fruits, apple and pear, vanilla
smooth and oily, more apples, peaches, some light cinnamon, hint of liquorice, very fresh and summery.
red chilli spice finish
This was the overall winner with a lovely balance and clear character. Now I’ll let you know that we actually tasted the whiskies in reverse-order. However, I wanted to end with the best of the bunch. We all returned to this one before the evening was over.