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1991 Aberfeldy 19 Year Manager's Dram Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review: Where Dewars Gets It's Due

Updated: 7 days ago


Aberfeldy Distillery Manager's Dram

Aberfeldy Distillery was founded by the John Dewar & Sons in 1896, and opened in 1898.


Aberfeldy is a Highland distillery situated in the centre of Scotland, some five miles east of Loch Tay and the town of Kenmore, and about eight miles south of Loch Tummel. Aberfeldy relies on the fresh water stream Pitilie Burn, which runs alongside the distillery. Aberfeldy is the only distillery in Scotland to use these waters.


The area contains historical landmarks, such as Kenmore Bridge. This was built by the 3rd Earl in 1774 and the view from it was the inspiration for Robert Burns’s poem on the chimney piece of the Kenmore Inn.


It is notable as the workhorse, primary component of Dewars blended whisky.



Kudos to Gregory Cloyd for hosting such an awesome tasting of nuanced whisky. It tells a story, one I hope you’re enjoying with us.


 

Company on Label: Aberfeldy Distillery

Whiskey Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Mash Bill Percentages: 100% malted barley

Proof: 122.6°

Age: 19 years (distilled in 1972 and bottled October 20th, 1991)

Further identification: On the front label: A 19 Year Old sherry cask specially selected and bottled at natural strength for malt distillery managers within United Distillers.


 

Nick's Thoughts


Nose: Raisin and resinous cedar lead the way. It’s bright and proofy in the nose with a little bit of leather. Bite the strop; this has heat for days and makes the eyes water. It smells like spent sparklers (timely for the 4th here 🇺🇸), raisin, fig, and apricot jam. It’s consistently a bit sour and bitter to me.


Palate: Jammy and figgy-like the nose with stewed apricots and plum pudding layering in as well. It’s fun with no bite. Another sip hits the tongue like a heavy book cover that doesn’t want to open. This is a coffin for fruit. Run! Run!


Jes's Thoughts


Nose: Gooey syrup slightly burnt at the bottom of an overbaked pie crust. Someone forgot to set the timer! Or perhaps they stepped out of the hot kitchen because this sip is jammed with heat. Brown sugar, dates, and a strange souring fruit also rise up from the glass, making me raise an eyebrow in question: What is going on here?


Palate: This is all saltine crackers with thick layers of gooey fruit jam on top. Wow, though, the wood spice is very prevalent. The finish of salt water soaked raisins is strange, too, but in an enticing way, I suppose.


 

Rating: 3/5


This was a good dram, but, again, like the Oban, leans out of a personal preference zone for both Nick and Jes. Your mileage may vary.


 

Written by: The Amongst the Whiskey Team


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