Cask & Thistle 29 year old 1974 Vintage (distilled at Aberfeldy)

Price: $110 Issue: Winter 2004 Reviewer: John Hansell

A prime component in Dewar's blended scotch. The finer bottles of Aberfeldy are quite flavorful, yet still maintain a degree of elegance and finesse. This bottling is an excellent example of this. Its dominant flavor note is fruit (orange, honeydew melon), with some creamy vanilla notes, caramel, and light toffee. Subtle spice notes and a hint of peat tease the palate. The extra aging adds depth to the whisky, yet this whisky remains quite clean and fresh on the palate. Subtly spicy, gently dry finish. Nicely done! (Exclusive to Binny's Beverage Depot, Chicago, IL.)