Aberfeldy releases Madeira cask bottlings in TRBy Nicola Carruthers
Bacardi has released two Madeira cask-finished Aberfeldy single malt Scotch whiskies exclusively in global travel retail.
The new expressions – a 16-year-old and a 21-year-old – have spent up to 12 months in ex-wine casks.
Two types of Madeira casks were used to finish the expressions: the “rich and sweet” ex-Malvasia Malmsey and ex-Bual, described as “dark in colour, with medium-rich texture”.
The casks impart notes of caramel, peaches, orange peel and burnt sugar.
“Aberfeldy is a both an approachable yet complex dram, it has those similar sweet rich notes that Madeira wine is famously known for,” said Aberfeldy malt master, Stephanie Macleod.
“By using Madeira casks I’m able to further develop the layers of flavour present in Aberfeldy’s honeyed-rich characters, resulting in a whisky with extra spiciness.”
Given tasting notes for Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 16 Years Old include “soft notes of honey freshened with citrus and delicate tones of baked apples, rich spices with cinnamon and creamy vanilla”.
The 21-year-old is described as a “richly textured and complex whisky with notes of ripe fig baked in honey. There is a hint of walnut oil and a snap of dark chocolate”.
Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 16 Years Old and 21 Years Old are available in airports globally from August. The expressions are priced at US$110 and US$195, respectively.