Hamilton, Bermuda, 8th September 2020 – John Dewar & Sons unveils its latest limited expression from The Golden Dram – ABERFELDY 18 Years Old, finished in French Wine Casks from Pauillac, Bordeaux.

The special edition bottling will be available today from the Distillery shop, https://shop.dewars.com/ for an exclusive one-month period before being released in selected markets.

Initially spending 18 years in a combination of first-fill Bourbon, re-fill and re-char casks, the whisky has undergone a second maturation period of around 4-5 months to impart a deeper flavour profile, and create a perfect balance between Aberfeldy’s honeyed richness and the firm tannins and complexity of Pauillac wines.

Pauillac is one of the most sought-after wine regions in Bordeaux, home to world famous wineries, the appellation produces a collection of fine red wines that are unrivalled in terms of quality. Having the deepest gravel in the Médoc*, with some chalk and clay, soils and microclimates play a vital role in Pauillac. In Bordeaux, proximity to the river is also all-important. Vineyards located at the river’s edge bask in a microclimate, and this is where the highest quality wines in Bordeaux are found.

The style of Pauillac wine is what many think of as textbook Bordeaux wine; a balance of power and grace with notable flavours of cassis, blackberry, tobacco, cigar box, spice, earth and cedar wood aromas coupled with firm tannins.

Malt Master, Stephanie MacLeod, carefully monitored maturation and flavour development in the casks until the desired flavour profile had been achieved. Pauillac is a robust wine, so the goal was to use this cask type to complement and elevate the signature character of Aberfeldy, not mask it.

Stephanie comments, “Pauillac casks are the aristocrats of the Médoc, they provide notes of black cherries, blackberries and a cedar wood spice. Aberfeldy’s wonderfully soft signature honey and creamy vanilla notes are invigorated with swathes of plush ripe fruits and lovely nutty aromas to create an incredibly elegant and fruitful whisky”

ABERFELDY 18 Years Old French Red Wine Cask expression is bottled at a higher strength of 43% ABV and joins the existing portfolio of single malts as a limited-edition expression.

Priced at £95, the new bottling will be initially available exclusively from the Aberfeldy Distillery and its online shop: https://shop.dewars.com/ from 8th September for one month and then rolled out  in the following markets: USA, China, Taiwan, Germany, France.

Aberfeldy Distillery reopened to visitors on July 20th, experiences such as the Aberfeldy Tour, Cask Tasting Tour and Connoisseur Tour are all available to pre-book online. Visitors to Aberfeldy Distillery’s Whisky Lounge and Bar, which is open to guests booked onto an experience, can and raise a dram with one of the ABERFELDY® whiskies on offer in comfort, and will be able to purchase ABERFELDY 18 Years Old direct from the Distillery shop.



* Pauillac is a French appellation in the Médoc wine region of Bordeaux, located in the département of Gironde, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary. Pauillac is wine growing commune (municipality) and appellation within Haut-Médoc in Bordeaux, centred on the small town of Pauillac. An appellation is a legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine are grown. 

About ABERFELDY Single Malt Scotch Whisky

ABERFELDY distillery was founded in 1898 by the dynamic Dewar brothers, John Alexander and Tommy. They built on a site just a stone’s throw from the birthplace of their father, the pioneering blender John Dewar.

Alongside the distillery, and known to contain deposits of alluvial gold, flows the Pitilie Burn; the perfect water source for the Golden Dram. While inside, time-honoured techniques like long fermentation, which conjures rare honeyed notes, safeguard the whisky’s flavour profile, renowned for its rich, sweet, smooth taste.

The brand’s core portfolio is comprised of ABERFELDY 12 Years Old, ABERFELDY 16 Years and ABERFELDY 21 Years Old.

The single malt brand of ABERFELDY is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.


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