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Highland single malt Aberfeldy has launched two new whiskies finished in Madeira casks, available exclusively in global travel retail. 

Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 16 and Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 21 with outer packaging
Cask influence: Madeira casks were chosen to compliment Aberfeldy's 'honeyed-rich' sweetness

The two new expressions, a 16-year-old malt and a 21-year-old, have both been finished for up to 12 months in ex-Bual casks and ex-Malvasia Malmsey casks.

The combination of the two casks is said to impart ‘classic Madeira notes of caramel, peaches, orange peel and burnt sugar’.

Aberfeldy malt master Stephanie Macleod said: ‘[Aberfeldy] has those similar sweet, rich notes that Madeira wine is famously known for.’

‘By using Madeira casks I’m able to further develop the layers of flavour present in Aberfeldy’s honeyed-rich characters, resulting in a whisky with extra spiciness.’

The Aberfeldy Madeira Cask 16 Year Old will retail for around US$110 for a one-litre bottle, while the Madeira Cask 21 Year Old will cost around US$195 for a 700ml bottle.

Both expressions are bottled at 40% abv.

The new Madeira cask whiskies are available globally as permanent additions to Aberfeldy’s travel retail stable, which includes existing 12-, 18- and 21-year-old single malts.

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