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Aberlour A'bunadh batch #61

Overall rating
87.28/100
votes
168
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butts
Strength
60.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LKPL3874
Barcode
5000299620182
Added on
22 Nov 2017 5:45 pm by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 72,53

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168 × member ratings

470 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #61

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.28 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] At the moment I sit at the top of the waterfall near the water source of Aberlour distillery and enjoy a dram of their most recent 20-years old distillery only release (59.1% abv, not on WB yet) ...and I cannot image any nicer spot where I want to be right now. The dram is good (just lightly sulphurous), the water is singing and my dog lies relaxed at my feet. So I take the chance to add a tasting note of this a'bunadh from yesternight...

    ...what is a fine and flawless whisky but unfortunately I do not like its heavy herbal-driven profile. Nonetheless I can imagine that connoisseurs with a herbal preference will enjoy this very much!
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose offers a modern herbal-driven sherry profile that is very clean but not sherry sweet at all. Water opens it up and releases more sherry-induced fruits, nuts and raisins.
    • Taste
      84 84
      The palate is rather closed when neat on mainly herbal sherry notes. Water releases even more herbs, some dark chocolate, tobacco and spices.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel is warming, a little hot due to the high abv and not very much coating but there are no distracting moments either. The finish is rather short with more tobacco notes and a drying end (cold ashes).

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    the last born!
    • Nose
      mildew, cooked fruit, madérisés, intense wood and a little cocoa
      spices also back and a little vanilla!
    • Taste
      chocolate sensation, malty, spices raised, the fruits are more cooked and macerated, there is a vinous sensation too, there is a return toasted with the wood, and also smoke, but light!
      the return on the palate on the heat of alcohol, various herbs, dark chocolate and vanilla
    • Finish
      fairly average, fades relatively quickly
      identical scents, slight amalgamation at the end

  3. SilentBeing scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    My first batch of the A’Bunadh, but definitely not my last. Cannot compare it to other batches, but clearly the better choice compared to the 18 Year Old, both in terms of price and experience. An excellent whisky indeed.
    • Nose
      Intensely sherried. Plenty of orange zest, raisins, prunes and chocolate. The sweetness is held in check by notes of balsamic vinegar, ginger and wet tobacco leaves.
    • Taste
      The arrival is sweeter than the nose suggests. Chewy toffee, intense orange, raisins and strawberry with plenty of dark chocolate and hints of cinnamon. Towards the finish it turns sharper and slightly bitter with notes of English breakfast tea and pickled ginger.
    • Finish
      Long and initially sweet with continuing notes of orange, dark chocolate and cinnamon. The pickled ginger comes to the forefront shortly and then the finish fades on a note of more chocolate.

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A great and intense sherry bomb. This bottling is dominated by sun-ripened orange, raisins, cinnamon, chocolate and sugar. The addition of water is useful in my opinion, this is the extremely high alcohol defused and also the malt gains in creaminess and harmony. A great bottling, I like it very much!

    22/23/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Reddish copper shines from the Premium Snifter while lumbering dark sherry aromas lift up. Intense orange aroma dominates the first impression, zests and abrasion of old oranges fall into creamy milk chocolate, velvety vineyard peach and caramelized sugar are added. Raisins and dried dates, sour cherries and blackberries, plus sweet toffee and caramel. I perceive a minimal musty and musty scent, then immediately the full-bodied and voluminous sherry aroma is on the spot again. Started by the full "Sherrydröhnung" the nose I would like to try the Malt immediately and look forward to the first sip.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dark sherry aromas and an extremely high alcohol content beat mercilessly on the palate and on the tongue, dried berries and dark oranges are immediately mixed with spicy wood tones and a pinch of cinnamon. Slowly, the alcohol evaporates and tart, slightly dry wood elements stick to the palate. I add some water. The nose opens, cinnamon and slight mildew now dominate the nose, the taste is the malt much milder and creamier, it also gains sweetness. Toffee, milk chocolate, caramelized sugar, oranges, cherries, cinnamon, raisins and peaches delight the palate and whet your appetite for more.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The aftertaste is due to the addition of water relatively mild and creamy. Cinnamon and sugar play together, a strange spice note comes gradually to light. Raisins, hints of hazelnuts and walnuts stick creamy on the palate and sound relatively quick again. Chubby warmth floods the palate for the last time, then the reverberation goes away and leaves a creamy nut note.

  5. valasios scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  7. Norrwind26 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Great sherry whisky in consistently good quality
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark fruit, over-ripe, intense, pipe tobacco, leather
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, raisins, dark chocolate, full flavor
    • Finish
      87 87
      Remains! Woody. Strong

  8. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  9. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. RhaGnaGna scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    This is perfection in a bottle. I prefer batch 61 slightly more compared to batch 60.
    Nice to drink neat, where the 60 needs some water.

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