Glen Fohdry Aiteal An Òir 12 year
This is a single malt Scotch whisky. What exactly does that mean? It’s a Scotch whisky distilled (i) at a single distillery (ii) from water and malted barley without the addition of any other cereals, and (iii) by batch distillation in pot stills.
ABV 47.1%, non-chill filtered, natural color (no e150 added)
It is a Speyside, so it is distilled in the Speyside region of Scotland.
The Gaelic phrase Aiteal An Òir translates as “The Color of Gold.” There is no Glen Fohdry distillery, so the first question we ask is where does this come from? Turns out that this name is registered by none other than William Grant & Sons. Aficionados of Scotch will recognize them as the owners of the famed Glenfiddich Distillery. They also own Balvenie, Kininvie, and Grant’s family reserve, and Monkey Shoulder.
I’ve only found this line at Total Wines. They see to have made a deal to distribute this whisky (they’ve made similar deals for other whiskys.) I’m not sure what barrels they used to age it in; the label only says “Oak aged.” What are the exact contents? Could be specially selected barrels of Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Kininvie, or a custom blend.
Nose: Some flower notes, and a caramel note. Somewhat similar to bourbon. The nose stands apart from other single malt scotches I’ve tried, in a good way.
Palate: Thick, syrupy, definitely getting some raisin or fruit flavor here. A hint of spice. A cross between a classic single malt with the caramel notes that one otherwise might have expected from a corn-barley bourbon. A long, rich finish, something that one looks forward to enjoying at the end of a hard day at work.
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