Aberfeldy introduces 18yo whisky finished in French wine casks

Kate Malczewski

Kate Malczewski

09 September 2020

Bacardi-owned John Dewar & Sons has released a new addition to its Aberfeldy scotch whisky portfolio, an 18yo finished in French wine casks

To make the limited-edition Aberfeldy 18, the producer aged its signature spirit in a combination of first-fill, refill and re-charred bourbon casks for 18 years. The liquid then spent a further four-to-five months in red wine casks sourced from the Pauillac commune in Bordeaux.

According to the brand, casks from Pauillac were chosen specifically for the textbook Bordeaux flavour profile of the appellation's wines.

‘Pauillac casks are the aristocrats of the Médoc. They provide notes of black cherries, blackberries and a cedar wood spice,’ explained Stephanie MacLeod, malt master for John Dewar & Sons. ‘Aberfeldy’s wonderfully soft signature honey and creamy vanilla notes are invigorated with swathes of plush ripe fruits and lovely nutty aromas to create an incredibly elegant and fruitful whisky.’

The new Aberfeldy 18yo French wine cask expression is available exclusively on the distillery’s website for a one-month period; it will then be released in selected markets.

43% abv, £95/700ml, shop.dewars.com

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