Aberfeldy 16, Craigellachie 17 Scotches

John Dewar & Sons has expanded its scotch portfolio with two new expressions: Aberfeldy 16 and Craigellachie 17.

Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 8.52.34 AMAberfeldy 16 presents a new version of this highland-style malt, the company reports, offering a taste more mature than the 12-year-old, and with a little less body than the 21-year-old. Flavors include honey, fresh fruit and buttery notes, sherry, fruitcake, and dark chocolate

Water used in making Aberfeldy comes from Pitilie Burn, where alluvial gold is picked up and incorporated into the malt. Hence the nickname “The Golden Dram.”

The suggested retail price is $90 per 750-ml. bottle.

Craigellachie 17 is produced in old-fashioned worm tubs, adding extra flavor, the company said, and a distinctive meaty character.

While the big, bold taste remains true to the brand, the new marque is identified with more “sweet” flavors than those of the existing age-statements. Craigellachie 17 is said to taste of a caustic candy store, the company says, full of vanilla, exotic fruits, and a “sucker punch and a jab” of liquorice that follows, with notes of sulphur and a lingering smoke taste

The suggested retail price is $145 per 750-ml. bottle.

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