Aberlour A'bunadh batch #63

Overall rating
86.10/100
votes
144
Whiskybase ID
WB119073
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 63
Strength
61.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010739261523
Added on
16 oct 2018 3:06 pm by hs305
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 77.37

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144 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #63

16 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.10 points.

  1. Nosingbär scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, that's 88 points. A little less exciting in the nose than the previous batches, no less complex but less rich, less fruity, less velvety. That's okay. More refill style than first fill style. I think it's a shame - but at a high level. Great in the key and in the finish, even the newer A'Bunadhs still have it. The old batches are absolutely overpriced if you want to buy them second hand. So there is no choice :)
    • Nose
      86 86
      Definitely significantly different than the earlier Batch 25 I'm familiar with. Less that mint and creamy berries, more nutty (roasted hazelnuts), some floral and with a noticeable clove. Very spicy in general, also nutmeg and ground caraway. Very different, good too, but definitely not on the same level as older batches for me. At least more restrained in aroma. Also the orange fruits more in the background, unfortunately. Going more in the direction of dried orange peel now. cinnamon, yes Makes a very strong refill impression. Not bad per se, although in my experience young and strong whiskys benefit more from fresher casks. In time, orange blossoms and strawberries will come. Delicate and fleeting, but still.
    • Taste
      89 89
      a nice wall of sweetness and spice, warm, definitely equals the nutmeg and walnuts from the aroma. Oily sweetness in the mouth, candied orange peel, marzipan, green tea.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Butterscotch, toffee, cask seasoning. Surprisingly dessert-heavy finish, I like it. spelled nibbles. The dried orange peels from the Taste have been ground up and stick here and there in the throat.

  2. Francishomola scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      cinnamon, intense, oranges, apple,
    • Taste
      88 88
      spicy, intense, fruity, vanilla,
    • Finish
      87 87
      drying, shorter finish,

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. KB201 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    This batch also retains the high quality of the A'bunadh range, you get a lot of aromas, but you shouldn't use too much water, otherwise it disintegrates quickly and becomes lighter and more vanilla.
    • Nose
      Heavy, alcoholic sherry sweetness, dark fruity oloroso sweetness, slightly cooling in the nose due to the 61%, no young notes to be recognized, it opens with water, it becomes lighter and more vanilla.
    • Taste
      Strong, fruity sweet, dark fruits, light oak traces and a good load of alcohol that fits.
    • Finish
      Long lasting and intense. Exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak.

  5. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nice, but I wouldn't recommend this at anywhere near the current prices. This worth max £40.
    • Nose
      86 86
      (with approx 5ml water added)
      Dry fruits: raisin, fig, date. Christmas pudding.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Slightly phenolic, minty, herbal notes. Strong date/fig note from the sherry casks. Sweet with underlying savoury notes. Slight salinity.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Lingering fruit cake and Oloroso notes. Long, alcohol well integrated with little burn (bearing in mind water added). Not amazingly complex but memorable and warm.

  6. fnk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The strong point of this malt is its aroma, soft, friendly, sherry, overripe fruit. But the taste is prickly, harsh ... The aftertaste lasts in the mouth .... As always, I don't give a high score to sherry. Not my type. There were already basic releases, and aged ... and barrel releases and from bottlers, not that ...

    It leveled in the forehead, with Dronach KS 8th batch, drones in the aroma are more modest, but the drinkability balance is definitely higher.

  7. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. yfalkov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Thick, oily, fruity sherry bomb, Highland-style. Nice batch
    • Nose
      Cake frosting, vanilla, sherry
    • Taste
      spicy, dried fruits, leather, dried plums
    • Finish
      long, spicy, fruity, woody

  9. grinface scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very good in terms of value for money, even though I've had better A’bunadh. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/09/01/mehr-speyside-im-glas/

  10. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. sheven0126 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

  12. Bluesman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    As usual very good, still affordable. However, I have heard that the price has risen sharply on the upcoming batch, unfortunately.

  13. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. WolfmanJack scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Not as complex as previous batches.
    Not so long despite the 61%.
    It tolerates some water, but is also easy to drink pure.
    The clear hint of caramel from previous releases is unfortunately (almost) completely missing.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Woody, some vanilla
    • Taste
      83 83
      First a swatter of 61%, then the woody, somewhat sweet taste comes through. Cozy warmth that remains without taste.
      More manageable with a little water.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Moderately persistent.

  15. WolfmanJack scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Not as complex as previous batches.
    Not so long despite the 61%.
    It tolerates some water, but is also easy to drink pure.
    The clear hint of caramel from previous releases is unfortunately (almost) completely missing.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Woody, some vanilla
    • Taste
      83 83
      First a swatter of 61%, then the woody, somewhat sweet taste comes through. Cozy warmth that remains without taste.
      More manageable with a little water.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Moderately persistent.

  16. Quercus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] I had the standard four dram Aberlour tasting after the distillery tour and for the first time in my (whisky) life I was disappointed with that. Not just that the drams were no drams at all (according to the most popular Scottish definition: A dram is a measure of an enjoyable size - but this tiny sip was way too small) but the quality of all four whiskies was rather below-average (according to Aberlour standards).

    This "a'bunadh" batch is the worst I had so far: It is slightly sulphur-spoiled, the sherry seems not integrated with the whisky at all and the whole dram delivers an immature and unbalanced profile that is not to my liking. The finish is quite drying on tannins and papers. This definitely is not worth buying, I rather go for older a'bunadh releases instead!

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