Aberlour A'bunadh batch #27

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish oak Oloroso Sherry Butts
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
27 Dec 2009 8:05 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 149,95

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #27

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.94 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Chocolate, raisin, tangerine, liquorice root, toffee, cherry and oak. With water some plum.
    • Taste
      Cranberry, mocha, orange, cherry, raisin, toffee and liquorice root.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, orange, raisin bread and cherry.

  2. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. dicembre29 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour a’bunadh (Batch 27)

    60.1% abv

    Score: 87.5/100

    By this point we all know what we’re going to get from a batch of a’bunadh. Enormous mountains of sherry sweetness…cask strength bottling nearly big enough to melt the glass it is decanted into (60.1% abv)…bold fruitcake pungency and cloying winter spice…hints of a few other dark and seductive nuances. These nuances are what make each batch magical. Some are exceptional. Others merely great. Saying something, isn’t it?

    Though the batch release idea implies variation, consistency of quality is a forte of the a’bunadh line. There is variation, to be sure, but such is the spice of life, isn’t it? I don’t shy away from picking up each successive bottling, as I am almost guaranteed to like it.

    A’bunadh is Gaelic for ‘origin’, as in this is an attempt to replicate the whisky of days past. Just like others that have done this, we’ll simply never know how close they’ve come to cloning these dearly departed drams, but we can appreciate the thought and historical bent that drives these creations, and simply be content in the proffered bounty.

    So back to those subtleties and nuances we spoke of, and what defines this batch. There are some domineering tobacco notes banging drums amidst the sweet cacophony of rum, chocolate and treacle. Dates and figs provide a big bottom end while defined and rigid spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) come in sharp and high. The sherry is the melody that brings this all together, imparting these flavors to the Aberlour spirit. I find this batch slightly more ‘green’ than others I’ve tried. More of the Speyside fruity profile shows through here as well.

    Splashed across the taste buds are chocolate, dried fruits, sherry and oak. The finish is long and rich. One would expect nothing less from this expression. Something a little tangy and tart toward the back though.

    To be honest, this one is simply not as cohesive on the nose as some of the other batches. This serves to make it easier to dissect for the purpose of reviewing and taking tasting notes, but it makes it a somewhat less engaging and whole experience. This does not a bad whisky make, however.




  4. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      8,9 Słodka z nutami wiśni, śliwki, miodu, rodzynek, tytoniu oraz siana z odrobiną goździka i wanilii.
    • Taste
      8,8 Delikatnie cierpka z nutami wiśni, cynamonu oraz ciemnej gorzkiej czekolady z odrobiną białego pieprzu i kwaśnego jabłka.
    • Finish
      8,9 Długi, rozgrzewający z nutami wiśni oraz gruszki ze szczyptą czerwonej papryki i białego pieprzu.

  5. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. D3US scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is one to enjoy with your eyes closed. Every aspect is heavenly and nothing about this is disappointing. A brilliant invention from Aberlour and a solid player in my personal top 3 of all time. This is a must have in anyone's collection. If you don't have it; buy it today.
    • Nose
      The sherry is evident. Notes of old leather, raisins, overripe fruit and spices like cinnamon and burnt sugar. Chocolate praline and dark wood.
    • Taste
      Sherry hits you right away, then barley and burnt sugar. It attacks the tongue with its whopping 60,1% alcohol, and the sherry and wood dry up the mouth. Also some anise and chocolate fudge. 
    • Finish
      The mouth starts watering like crazy now. The finish is very long and delicious. Wood is more clear now than before, but soon the sherry and dark chocolate and fruits take over. Add some gentle barley and the burnt sugar at the end and enjoy. 

  7. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I Love the power of Aberlour! It has great taste of sherry and fruits.

    This also is a powerful scotch so I don`t recommend it to new whisky

    users. It is good to gain a palate that recognizes the difference

    between cask strength and some that are less ABV like 40% or 43%.

  8. I_SPEY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Much better than batch 22, more volume, more (better) sherry. Nice balance. Love this dram!
    • Nose
      Lots of sherry, wood and herbal spices; raisins, dark chocolate and marmalade. With 2-3 drops of water richer, especially the chocolate and marmalade.
    • Taste
      lots of sherry, chocolate, marmalade, something leatherish? Again richer with a few drops of water.
    • Finish
      Rather long(with the water).


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