Following the launch of its Single Malt Inaugural Release in May, Aber Falls marks its next major milestone with its 2021 bottling available across the UK and overseas.
The 2021 expression was distilled in a mix of copper pot and stainless-steel stills and includes a mix of Oloroso sherry casks, PX sherry casks, Bourbon casks and Virgin Oak casks for a totally unique flavour. Deep amber gold in colour, this Single Malt gives an aroma of sweet fruits with a hint of clove and delivers a rich and full-bodied palate, with sweet sherry notes, dark chocolate and espresso. It stimulates a long and lingering finish of dried fruit and subtle spice.
The three-year-old expression is available through the off-trade in Tesco stores across Wales and via online retailer Master of Malt. It will also be available across on-trade, including bars and restaurants and can be purchased online at AberFallsDistillery.com.
Bottled at 40% ABV, the new spirit lives up to its name; made using 100% Welsh malted barley, rock-filtered water taken from the Aber Falls Waterfall and is made by a team of local people. It is stored and matured in a traditional dunnage warehouse along the Menai Straits, before being bottled on site at the distillery.
Dr Kirstie McCallum, Master Blender at Aber Falls, said: “The perfect whisky is made up of exceptional ingredients, ideal conditions and well considered casks made of top-quality wood. In particular, the two sherry casks used for this Single Malt have provided a very enjoyable flavour that we’re incredibly proud of.”
The 2021 release of the Single Malt Welsh Whisky is available in a 70cl bottle and has an RRP of £26.
James Wright, Managing Director at Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, said: “We are thrilled to release a our 2021 Welsh Single Malt whisky, following the successful inaugural release earlier in the year, which saw 2,000 bottles sell out in just 40 minutes! We’re a distillery that proudly produces 100% Welsh whisky, capturing the Welsh craft and heritage in every bottle. As a result, our products are extremely sustainable, enabling us to benefit Wales at every stage of production, including returning any waste ingredients to local farms for use as fertiliser or cattle feed.
“As part of this exciting release, Aber Falls has also partnered with Welsh bartender, Alex Mills, to create a signature serve: an Old Fashioned, but with a Welsh twist. We are incredibly proud to be able to share this wonderful whisky with more people, with this latest release.”
Loosely based on the flavours of a Bara Brith – a spiced tea cake common in North Wales – the signature serve will consist of ingredients from the four corners of Wales. With honey from Nature’s Little Helpers in Cardiff, Black Welsh tea from Tea Traders in Carmarthen, Coffee bitters from Dyfi Coffee in Machynlleth and our Single Malt from Abergwyngregyn.
Alex’s recipe takes 50ml of Aber Falls whisky, 15ml honey, a pinch of black tea and five drops of coffee bitters. Stir and serve over a block of ice for a delicious take on a traditional favourite.