When I was looking for an introductory single malt scotch whisky, I’d asked another customer at Greens Package store on Ponce (Midtown Atlanta) and he’d suggested the Aberfeldy 12 year. Said even his wife drank it.
For a single malt that’s 12 years old and priced at under $30 I have to admit, it was a solid purchase. Notes of honey and spice characterize this cigar friendly malt, along with a bit of peat.
I’m not normally a fan of huge peat but this wasn’t that. A highland region whisky, it was a smooth sipper from start to finish. The balance in it was exceptional for the price. I half expected it to need a cube like some of the other whiskies I’ve been drinking, but it didn’t. I never did get a chance to test that out, however.
The first scotch whiskey of the year is a solid one. And a happy accident on my part as the purchase price was mixed up at the store and I had low blood sugar so…
$67 plus tax at Greens Package store on Ponce. 40% ABV.
Aberlour 16 year Double Matured Highland Single Malt
Aged in both sherry and oak casks brings a uniqueness not unheard of in Scotland to this whiskey. The two types of casks are filled and held to age for at least sixteen years before being married.
The flavor profile of this scotch is as follows:
Definite vanilla wit hints of smoke and spice follow up a medium sweet finish with very little burn. That may be cinnamon. This is definitely a sipping scotch
This would pair well with a rosado or something from Don Pepin Garcia. Maybe even the new blends by La Rosa de San Diego. I have had a few of their robustos and found them quite enjoyable. The sweetness from the whiskey would balance out the pepper bomb that is Pepin, but there are a number of other fine cigars out there which would pair stellarly with Aberlour.