Aberlour A'bunadh batch #65

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Batch 65
59.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
25 Oct 2019 6:53 pm by Astrid
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 76.12

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135 × member ratings

406 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #65

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.26 points

  1. RhaGnaGna scored this whisky 75 points Newbie

    Batch 65 is by far the worst batch i have tasted. Indeed there is spice but some important part is missing.... Sherry. Batch 60 / 61 were in my opinion the best batches so far in the 60 range. 60/61 are close to perfection

  2. Malan scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Alcohol noticeable and not well integrated.

  3. Max70 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Collegiate scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A part of the downward trend of batches in recent years for me. This is the worst batch I’ve had yet. It has all the spiciness one would expect from an Abunadh, but I found the other fuller sherried notes one expects largely vacant, like the casks used for this batch were very tired. Also, elements of being younger and rougher than other batches. Sadly took a while for me to work through this bottle.

  5. Doktor_Gonzo scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  6. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    I have reviewed this whisky on a standalone basis, not in comparison with other batches. So less or more sherry may be relevant for the hardcore fans of a'bunadh, but not for me.

    The verdict is that this is a mediocre whisky. I wouldn't serve this to guests/friends. It is way too bitter and actually not that complex.
    • Nose
      82 82
      I do get an association with bourbon when smelling this a'bunadh, as it is rather wood driven on sawdust and baking spice. This is funny for a whisky that stayed in oloroso sherry butt's...
      Yet there is more to detect: apricot jam, prune, a hint of leather book cover. It' a bit earthy/leafy on coffee and tobacco leaf.
    • Taste
      71 71
      Quite powerful in the start, but getting tannic quite soon. Some ground coffee, cooked plum and apricot to start, but pepper, ginger and musty oak take over quite soon. Gets really bitter on grape pip.
      Quite some water helps a little to egde off the sharp edges, but it doesn't bring much improvement otherwise.
    • Finish
      76 76
      Orange zest, grape pip, a lot of oak and ginger.

  8. manmathiou scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  9. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Artificial sweetness, honey, earth, orange, alcohol is clearly noticeable, melon, peach, some wood, some milk chocolate, some cinnamon
      After the first sip, blackberries and strawberries
    • Taste
      Artificial cherry flavor, honey, lemon, dried fruits, chocolate, nuts, wood


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