Aberlour A'bunadh batch #61

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Oloroso Sherry Butts
60.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
22 Nov 2017 5:45 pm by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 67,17

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115 × member ratings

324 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #61

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.59 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. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, slightly pungent. Lemon cleaner. Then orange, caramel and ground hazelnuts. Dried fruit, a hint of nectarine, some bark.
    • Taste
      Round. Peach liqueur. Pancakes with nutella and brown sugar. Some black pepper and slightly bitter oak notes.

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: I smell lovely oily nutty husky sherry casks.
    T: Rather spirity neat. I poured in a whole heap of water with no detrimental effects whatsoever. The trick is adding enough to extract the underlying waxy herbal character.
    F: Not overly complex but it’s a good hummer.
    C: A slugger really, and a good ‘un.

  7. WhiskyMonster scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    First time trying A'bunadh, was tempted by the supermarket deal and the fine reputation and I'm glad I did. Others should try it too!
    • Nose
      65 65
      Being cask strength there is a need to see past the alcohol vapour and some high paint-like notes, but then there are soft raisins, on a floral, grassy background.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Without water the pepper is too much for my palette, a dash of water makes the honey, fig and hint of rose accessible
    • Finish
      75 75
      Solid but not spectacular, a pleasant lingering light tobacco and dried fruit

  8. dramspotter scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      sugary, oloroso, solvent; bread, toast, chocolate powder, vinegar
    • Taste
      christmas cake
    • Finish
      medium; lovely sherry finish - no woodiness

  9. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Scoochscotch scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    This is one of my main go to sherry scotches. I have not been impressed with batches 59, 61 and 62. They feel much less than first fill. The last batch I enjoyed was 58.


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