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Aberfeldy Introduces 21 Year Old Malbec Cask Finish

Aberfeldy Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced a partnership with the Argentinian Winery, Finca Ambrosia, for the most recent edition to its Wine Cask Collection: Aberfeldy 21 Year Old Malbec Cask Finish.

This is the first partnership of its kind for the distillery.

Located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, the Finca Ambrosia estate uses organic practices and observes moon cycles for its harvest.

Distilled on Nov. 14, 2001, and matured for more than two decades in sherry and bourbon re-fill barrels and hogsheads, the limited-edition Aberfeldy 21 Year Old finished for around eight months in the winery’s malbec French oak wine casks.

The finishing casks previously held Finca Ambrosia’s Viña Unica. It is a purely fruited, gently oaked red wine that spent 15 months in used French oak barrels, according to the winery. These barrels are created by a family-owned cooperage in Burgundy, France, called Mercurey, and come from sustainably managed forests.

Malt Master Stephanie Macleod and Winemaker Daniel Pi worked together to select these particular casks for finishing as they bring classic Malbec notes of blackberry, plum and black cherry, the distillery reports. Additional flavors include cocoa powder, violet flowers, leather and sweet tobacco spice.

“This delicate yet complex Finca Ambrosia cask finish opens with intriguing notes of sweet, toasted cereal, herbal sage and hints of rosemary,” adds Macleod. “It then begins to develop with ripe strawberries, drizzled in Aberfeldy’s signature Highland honey notes and then it’s delicately sharpened with notes of blackcurrant. Melting to floral notes of rose and violet, and a background hint of cinnamon spice. Settling on the palate the fruit sings and rejoices, soothing to a creamy vanilla and endlessly smooth finish.”

Bottled at 46% ABV, the suggested retail price of this new release is $279.99 per 700-ml. bottle.

This follows the release of Aberfeldy 25 Year Old Single Malt.

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