Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch 12 year Old

Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch 12 year Old Photo

Aberfeldy Distillery, built by the Dewar family, opened in 1898 in the town of Aberfeldy, in Highland Perthshire - the very heart of Scotland. Aberfeldy Distillery was purposely built to produce the high quality Highland Single Malt, with its characteristic heather-honey note, that lies at the heart of Dewar’s balanced blends.

Although reserved for decades exclusively for creating Dewar’s blends, this exceptional single malt, Aberfeldy, is now being released in limited quantities.

Aberfeldy 12 Year Old is noted for its heather honey nose, full body and well rounded taste. The finish is dry and elegant with pronounced perfumed, spicy characteristics and a hint of orange peel. Experts define Aberfeldy 12 as having attributes of premium malts with longer age.


  • Producer: John Dewar & Sons Ltd
  • ABV: 40%
  • Country of Origin: Scotland
  • Region: Central Highlands
  • Age: 12 Years
Tasting Notes:
  • Colour: Warm Gold
  • Nose: Rich, perfumed aroma, rounded and full with heather, honey, notes of sweet pineapple, butter toffee, toast, cereal and vanilla.
  • Palate: Great depth, sweet golden syrup and honey followed by spices and orange peel.
  • Body: Medium to full
  • Finish: Glorious - the perfume characteristics become more spicy, with a zesty hint of orange peel in a decidedly dry finish
  • With water – nose: More honey appears, with a subtle hint of toffee apple.
  • With water – palate: Becomes creamier with more light fruits, vanilla notes and the faintest wisp of smoke.


Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine

“Beautifully intense malt with a cidery-apple fruitiness. Gentle oak and honey round off superbly. Fresh, almost crisp mouth feel with outstanding sweet maltiness. Mouthwatering. Softly-spiced finish with a long, rich malt follow-through. Really outstanding example of massively complex, classy but undiscovered malt.”


  • 2006
    • Grand Gold Medal – Monde Selection, Belgium
    • Gold Medal – Concours Mondial, Belgium
    • Silver Medal – International Wine and Spirits Competition
    • Silver Medal – Scottish Field Whisky Merchant’s Challenge
  • 2005
    • Gold Medal – Scottish Field Whisky Merchants Challenge
    • Gold Medal and Best in its class – International Wine and Spirits Competition
    • Bronze Medal – International Spirits Challenge
  • 2004
    • Gold Medal – Monde Selection, Belgium
    • Bronze Medal – International Spirits Challenge
  • 2003
    • Bronze Medal – International Spirits challenge

Single Malt Whisky
Pure and Natural

Aberfeldy Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a gift from nature. Everything needed to make this superb whisky is derived from natural elements of barley, yeast and pure water. The purity, proportions and intrinsic quality of the individual ingredients profoundly influence the characteristics of the final liquid.

Provenance imprints each whisky with influences of the land, micro-climate and ecology. This explains the unique regional differences in Scottish whiskies - why you discern hints of the sea or nuances of extra peat smoke in some whiskies but not in others. Provenance makes a major contribution to the characteristic heather and honey note found in the Aberfeldy single malt. Here at Aberfeldy the environment is in perfect equilibrium with the pure and abundant natural resources surrounding Aberfeldy Distillery.

Water is thought to be one of the most important elements in distilling superior quality whiskies, and Aberfeldy Distillery is "blessed" to have the Pitilie Burn as its water source. Aberfeldy uses only the finest optic barley, much of which comes from the surrounding Perthshire Highland area. Without disclosing any brand secrets, similar care is given to our choice of whisky’s other ingredient, yeast.

Ultimately, it is the experience and craftsmanship of Dewar’s distillers and blenders that transforms the natural ingredients into fine Single Malt. A perfect balance between man and nature.

Curiosities – Red Squirrel

The Red Squirrel icon which graces the bottle of Aberfeldy Single Highland Malt is deeply significant to Dewar’s. The rare endangered squirrel represents nature in perfect equilibrium--a reminder of the delicate balance and harmony essential for fine whisky as well as rare Red Squirrels.

Scotland’s indigenous Red Squirrels, once plentiful and thriving, are now extremely rare and endangered. The majority can be found in Scotland, many in Perthshire. A colony of Red Squirrels resides in the tranquil woodlands bordering Aberfeldy Distillery. Here, deep in the Perthshire Highlands, in the very heart of Scotland, glens thick with scented pine, spruce and birch, rushing rivers and burns of crystalline water create the balanced environment necessary for the protection of Red Squirrels and for the production of rare Aberfeldy malt.