John Dewar & Sons unveils its latest limited expression from The Golden Dram – ABERFELDY 18 Years Old, finished in French Red Wine Casks from the Côte Rôtie appellation.

Aberfeldy’s French Red Wine Cask Collection launched in 2019 with the first release of Aberfeldy 15 Year Old, finished in Pomerol casks from Bordeaux. The second release in 2020 was an 18 Year Old expression finished in Pauillac casks, also from Bordeaux.

For this third bottling in the series, Malt Master, Stephanie Macleod has chosen a robust yet elegant style of wine. The famous Côte Rôtie is a prestigious red wine appellation at the northern tip of France’s Rhône Valley. The area is a mere 40 miles long and is responsible for a tiny 4–5% of all the wines from the region. Côte Rôtie, translated as “Roasted Slope”, is home to some of the steepest vineyards in all of France.

Wines are predominantly made from the Syrah grape, which thrives in the well-draining granite soils, offering depth of flavour and complex aromatics with dark red berry characteristics. Up to 20% Viognier can be used, adding finesse, elegance and floral characteristics to the wine.

Aberfeldy’s Malt Master, Stephanie Macleod comments:This style of wine has got these wonderful fruity notes, but also floral notes and so it’s just a match made in heaven for Aberfeldy. These wine casks don’t come around very often, so we when we were offered them we snapped them up immediately.” Adding: “The day they came on to our site we opened them up and I gave them a nose – it was just amazing, I felt there and then this was going to work.”

She continues;This sumptuous dram is bursting with intense, rich fruity red berry notes of raspberry, lingonberry and red currents smothered in honey. It’s deeply evocative of an Eton Mess as the sugariness and the sharpness of the berries come through. A zing of candied citrus peel brings balance before mellowing to a smooth vanilla and butterscotch sweetness.”

Aberfeldy 18 Years Old, French Red Wine Cask finish is bottled at 43% ABV and has a RRP of: £95 / €99 / $120 USD. The expression will be available in limited runs, initially from the distillery’s online shop, www.shop.dewars.com from 1st September, and then will roll out in the following main markets: USA, Taiwan, China, Germany and France with smaller volumes to be made available in Austria, Sweden Singapore and Malaysia.