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My name is Martin and I live in Scotland. I love fine things in life, such as gourmet food, travelling around the world and, last but not least, whisky (naturally, I’m partial to a tipple of whiskey or bourbon as well). I have tasted hundreds of whiskies during the recent years and I finally decided to share my experience.


  1. Tom K.
    June 23, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Clearly, you should get *two* equally nice bottles for half the price. Then this bottle will have only cost you 60 pounds, on average. That’s the beauty of whisky math!

  2. Scott Single Malt
    July 19, 2012 @ 6:03 am

    I really like the Aberfeldy 21-yr old. It is hard to come by and I’ve been wanting to add one to my collection for a while.

  3. Edward Willey
    March 13, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

    We have an ocean of this stuff in the Texas, USA, market these days. At one point, Spec’s – a large retailer based in Houston – was selling it for $60, while other retailers had it listed at over $150. I bought a bottle at $60.

    My friends and I figured that a realistic retail price for a whisky of this quality ought to be about $75 maximum. Bland, simple, malty, and probably best suited to novices. Keep in mind that this pricing is a bit cheaper than, say, NYC or Los Angeles. But it’s clearly not worth 90 quid! As a point of comparison, I can buy a 19 year old Caperdonich bottled by Duncan Taylor (a CLOSED distillery, mind you) for about $100. For $160 or so, plus tax of course (our tax is on top of the shelf price), I can still buy a bottle of Diageo’s 2010 Special Release of Glen Spey 21. The latter is a stunner of a Speyside with absolutely delicious (concentrated) fruits and spice. 94.5 points in the Whisky Bible and I actually almost agree with the rating. Heck, I could get Old Pulteney 21, which won Whisky of the Year in 2012, for about $110.

    It’s clear to me that Aberfeldy is pulling a fast one on the consumer and relying on the age of the spirit as a proxy for rarity and quality. It’s just not up to par. To those who mostly drink blends, this whisky undoubtedly will seem sophisticated and elegant. For those of us with hundreds of different bottlings of single malt under our belts, this is a snoozer.

    • MikeP
      January 1, 2015 @ 1:50 am

      well the alberfeldy 21 did win the best mainland single malt at the World Whisky Awards in 2007. From what I recall, spec’s actually made a BIG error with pricing but honored all purchases. I give props to spec’s for their great customer service and eating cost. Wish I lived in Houston. I would have definitely purchased a good amount of them bottles.

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