Aberlour A'bunadh batch #66

Overall rating
86.73/100
votes
233
Whiskybase ID
WB154053
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
26.11.2019
Casktype
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 66
Strength
59.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LKPN5885
Barcode
5010739261523
Added on
31 mar 2020 2:04 pm by Malzbrenner
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 78.30

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #66

49 users have left 52 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.73 points.

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ranks in the typically modern sherry profiles. Fruity and sweet with clearly present (young) wood. A little unbalanced with the noticeably young wood note. Overall very tasty, but also relatively straightforward and unexciting. Measured against the price but a good bottling these days.
    (Rating: o)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sharpness of alcohol; fruity-sweet; intense orange note; some cherries; Dried fruits; Caramel candies; Spices; woody oak note; Adding water brings out the fruity sweetness more
      - modern, beautiful sherry profile
    • Taste
      85 85
      intensely sweet and spicy; directly spicy rather fresh wood notes present; Cherry notes; some oranges; slight ginger spiciness; Dark chocolate; with water the fruity aromas behind the wood come into their own
    • Finish
      85 85
      long and warm; peppery-spicy; Ginger; Dried fruits; woody oak note

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  3. Ben Bruikman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    this whisky is only matured in the Oloroso sherry casks. and made from the first batch of the local barley. A beautiful amber whisky for that advanced whisky drinker.
    • Nose
      90 90
      the whisky has a strong intense scent of dried fruit such as dates and raisins. but also the sherry comes out very clearly.
    • Taste
      90 90
      the taste can be called quite strong, and that is of course due to the high alcohol percentage. but when you have processed the first sip, the sweet taste of the fruit and sherry clearly emerges.
    • Finish
      93 93
      the finish is long and warm, with the clear sweet and sherry notes, but also the toffee and chocolate come to the fore.

  4. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It's different, but it delivers just like the #71 (that I had in the same session). This is a sherry monster with the possibility to play a lot with water. If you're used to cask strength, you should try it at cask strength.

    Full review in a session of six from Speyside region: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/05/02/und-noch-mehr-speyside-im-glas/

  5. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    04.03.2022
    • Nose
      Blackberries, wild berry jam, dried fruits, juice gummies, plums, cinnamon
    • Taste
      Forest berry jam, red currants, nuts, coffee, wood

  7. JJKATED scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. KB201 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Barrel strength whisky, always a pleasure, can be recommended to anyone who likes sherry cask whisky and wants to try cask strength.
    The alcohol is perfectly integrated and does not interfere with the aroma or taste. With water, other aromas develop in the nose.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Intense with spices, pralines and flavored oranges.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Cherries, ginger and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long with a touch of oak.

  9. Roley scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  10. Laphroaig1606 scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Very strong, spicy whisky that invites you to play with water. Great drop, which is especially suitable for winter / Christmas time due to the dark, fruity chocolate notes.
    Almost too strong without water.
    • Nose
      Pure: tart chocolate, distinctive, strong and volominous on the nose, briefly roasted almonds, sherry is clear. With water: it becomes more berry, fruits become lighter
    • Taste
      Reminds a little of Christmas, a little hint of mulled wine

      Taste with little water: dark, spicy, strong oak. Dark chocolate. Sweet.
    • Finish
      Pure: medium length, at the end a hint of cinnamon

      With water: longer, more bitter, fruity, with a touch of citrus at the end.

  11. SushiCZ scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Berries, dark and sweet. Plums and cherries. Strong, pleasant sherry scent. Raisins.

    Taste: Full body, beautifully warm, sweet sherry feeling. Like liquid jam, sweetly cakes, but insufficient strength. No walking around and unnecessary complications, direct sherry joy.

    Finish: Warm, sweetly pleasant finish, I really like this.

    Overall: Very direct, honest sherry bomb. Fruit sweet mixture, good alcoholic (balls). This is good.

  12. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  13. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smell the fragrance Nose: almonds, golden jujube, brown sugar, oak, dark chocolate, herbs, dried plums, little ignition powder 87/100
    Taste Palate: sulfur, gunpowder, fruit vinegar, relatively sour, smoke, toasted oak, toasted nuts, date cake, wood stubble, blue bottle of zinc tail rhyme Finish: long, black tea, wood stubble in wine, nut crisp, red Sugar and wine body: full, with some tannins, oily body
    Overall: 87/100, not much sulfur, but the richness and sweetness of the Shirley barrel are well expressed, with a longer aftertaste, a more delicious and coordinated Shirley

  14. jvanopstal scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky with a very strong nose and long and good finish
    • Nose
      80 80
      Dried fruit, raisins and honey
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweet with a nice mouthfeel with dried fruit, raisins, chocolate and honey
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long and spicy with chocolate and oak

  15. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Neat this is ok, very sweet with some nice spice and toffee.
    if you add a little water it is better, with more sweetness and spice.
    This is the sweetest a`bunadh i have had, pretty good.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. Maltimizer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      First, very intense alcohol that covers everything! After 15-20 minutes, raisins, red apples and dark fruits such as cherries and plums, forest honey, slightly sulphurous and a little bit biting, intense sherry bomb and medium flavor
    • Taste
      83 83
      Intense alcohol, dark cherries and oak spice, cardamom, dark chocolate, very dry
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long and still quite dry, strong sherry influence

  18. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  19. DannyHill scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      sweet, sherrybomb, tobacco, oak
    • Taste
      86 86
      super oaky, super sweet, raisins, sultanas, punchy, oak tannins, very rich, dried fruit
    • Finish
      85 85
      nutty, dried fruit, warming

  20. hafssol did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    My (belated) first experience with the A’bunadh series.
    Not only the sherry bomb one could expect, also considering its CS 59,2 abv, but a richly textured and (even!) rounded taste.

    Of course, red fruits are prominent all along the way, yet the boldness of this malt lays mostly in the bitter almonds explosions of the nose, while palate is surprisingly soft with no prominent alcohol edges. More than sherry, it reveals many powerful slightly bitter notes, from coffee to green nuts, with a nice crispy cereal feel.

    Adding a drop of water doesn’t change the taste so much, neither weakens the solid profile of this malt. Powerful but somehow gentle at the same time, very enjoyable also not being a big sherry fan.

  21. Svjatogor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    n: fruit, fresh & full, malt, cereal, spicy, pepper, old wood, leather, sour, brandy, ginger, hint of meat
    t: full, sweet, corn, intense, spicy
    a: spicy, sweet, wood, hint of corn

  22. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Vinous acidic nose (what some would call sour?), lots of dried fruits, rubber (sulphur), mixed nuts, hints of dark chocolate and tobacco. Grows and improves with air. I like it. (90-91p)
    TASTE: Lots of black tea with sugar, liqorice, aniseed liqueur, marzipan. (89p)
    FINISH: Sweet black pepper. (89p)
    OVERALL: Not very complex and a tad sweet but very delicious. Total score 90 (89) points.

  23. riegerjonas scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2021-03-17: (still) a bit stronger than batch 64
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry, raisins, dark fruits, liquorice, marzipan
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oak flavor, delicate sweetness, pleasant tingling
    • Finish
      87 87
      shallow, long-lasting dark chocolate

  24. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  25. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Lucifer

    I have tried quite a few a’bunadh in my day, batch 60 only last November, but recently got a bottle of batch 66. The buyer was not very fond of it and asked me to take it off his hands. I did so gladly, so here we are with this sherry monster that will brighten up my day.

    It is very sweet on the nose on krieks, candied orange peel, plums and hazelnuts. But it has to be said: there is a scent of struck match too. Baked banana, ginger and some green garden herbs. Mashed potatoes with an overdose of nutmeg.

    Despite the high ABV, the arrival does not burn. Sure, it’s a sturdy fellow, but you do not need water per se. Toffee apples, oranges marmalade and… Wellington boots. Oh, well. But not so much that it becomes annoying. Very spicy, though. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and some black pepper. Becomes quite creamy midpalate.

    The finish is long, warm, dark & sweet but at the same time quite drying with lots of wood.

    Far from bad, but less good than some of the older batches.

  26. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  27. TastefulScotch scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. HummaKavula scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Its my first approach with A'bunadh and CS whisky also. But its quickly becoming my favourite.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very Rich and intense. Standing a meter from the glass i could clearly smell dried berries and plums. Smell is very dense with a lot of chocolate and hints of grease. After taking a deep nose dive into it, dry haylike freshness can be felt.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite sweet and oily and extremely extractive due to high voltage. But its not a bad thing. Taste of alcohol is well hidden. Dark chocolate and nuts are noticable.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Rubbery and oily at start, with a lot of bitter cocoa and some dried apples. But quite short with hints o vanila at the end.
      EDIT: actually not that short! Rubbery taste (due to high ABV) and hints of vanila and nuts are noticable and will last for quite some time.

  29. Dramdam_1 scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Complex Pallete. Cherry bomb heaven.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Cherry, Dark Fruits,
    • Taste
      94 94
      Wow
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long

  30. Dramdam_1 scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Complex Pallete. Cherry bomb heaven.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Cherry, Dark Fruits,
    • Taste
      94 94
      Wow
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long

  31. Dramdam_1 scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Complex Pallete. Cherry bomb heaven.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Cherry, Dark Fruits,
    • Taste
      94 94
      Wow
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long

  32. koensieben622 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    I've find the #63 better, which is the only other one i've had. Still, delicious.

  33. sidqi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Very intense and complex,licorice in front,dry fruits and dark fruits,raisin,red dates,prune,sweet black berries,orange juice,a little leather and minty,caramel,chocolate wafer.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very fruity and sweet,raisins and dates again,barley sugar,tannin spicy and dry.Black tea.A little burning.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and balanced, black chocolate and black tea,a little bitterness and spicy.A little burning

  34. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    H2H with batch 65: Nose very close to each other, only 65 has a litte more chocolate. In taste 66 has some licorice flavors. Both very intense fruity drams though, very pleasant.
    • Nose
      Very fruity, strong alcohol, a lot of red fruits, berries, raisins. Some honey. Intense.
    • Taste
      Strong, intense, more licorice now with some red fruits, berries. Full taste.
    • Finish
      Still very intense, red fruits, wine gums, pretty long finish.

  35. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  36. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Before Christmas - and then the A'Bunadh # 66 in a glass - that fits!
    For less than € 60.00 you get a very good sherry malt in cask strength = really top!
    The variety of flavors comes from their successful "vatting" from young, middle-aged and old barrels!
    With # 66 they have picked up on better times again!
    [Color] = mahogany;
    • Nose
      87 87
      lots of sherry, sweetness, raisins, oranges, dried fruits, chocolate, spices, tobacco, nuts;
    • Taste
      88 88
      with water; very powerful, intense start, heavy sherry, sweetness, oranges, milk chocolate, spices (ginger, cinnamon), oak, oily, complex;
    • Finish
      86 86
      a long finish, sweet, fruity, milk chocolate; nutty aftertaste, spicy oak;

  37. TechnOBY scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  38. derandres scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    Not the sherry bomb you expected. A pleasant seasoning is definitely there, but after the other reviews I expected a lot more. In my opinion, not really complex, the sweetness is almost completely missing and the price is therefore definitely too high. Even with the 59.x% it is not worth more than 45, max. 50 EUR.

  39. KSar scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  40. ThorstenH scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Banana, nougat, coconut. The nose is indescribably good.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Power without end without it becoming really uncomfortable.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length

  41. Mapl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  42. stnlskz scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    I discovered you under your wrapping paper on November 25, 2017, and I opened you the first time a month later, with my dad, to celebrate Christmas.

    At the beginning, we had trouble understanding each other. Your power impressed me. I had a hard time putting my feelings into words, but I was convinced of one thing: that by making an effort, we would both get along very well.

    Sometimes I read the tasting notes that concerned you, sometimes I poured water drop by drop in my glass to soften you. All this to better understand you, to speak your language, to better welcome all the emotion that you offered me.

    Then gradually, I started to understand you, to appreciate you for who you were, to share you with those who wanted to know you. But at the same time, you were gradually disappearing, until the day when I had only your empty bottle left as a stiff.

    Only one question remained: when would we meet again? And fate made you take your place in my bar right after confinement.

    When I opened you for the first time a second time, I was stressed. 10 batches had passed. Would I find the sensations you gave me? And me, would I be able to love you with all the attention you deserve?

    During our reunion, in wanting to run after my memory, I was naturally disappointed. But memories are just the truth of a past that guides us to create new memories. So I let you carry me.

    And finally, I rediscovered the notes of nougat, coffee and chocolate mousse that I loved to smell, and the notes of dark chocolate, wood and orange that I loved to sip. Those that I will not find anywhere else, those that were the first notes of a melody that I continue to compose today.

    I wish you a safe trip back to my bar, Aberlour A'Bunadh.

  43. Auriverdes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  44. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Had several A’Bunadh batches, older as well as more modern. Never actually reviewed them so let’s make some time for that.
    • Nose
      Classic fruity A’Bunadh profile. Pleasant nose, even at CS. Sweet, savory and citrus-like, Several fruits, red as well as citrusfruits, mild spices and plenty nuttiness. Cherry candy, fudge, orangepeel, hazelnut chocolate, raisins, ginger, and rich sherried oak.
    • Taste
      Warming. Full bodied sweetness but also a tad sharp and restless at first. More creamy later on. Oranges, Sweet red apples, Forest fruit tea, cinnamon. Very palatable.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Sweet, oaky and fruity. After a while more spicy and quite a lot of milk chocolate. It ends rather fudgy which remains for quite a while.

      This is what I would call a very pleasant daily dram. A well affordable and tasteful dram! Not to much of a ‘GlenSherry’. It has definitely more to offer than just that. Hopefully they can continue this quality for batches to come.

  45. drammelzee scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    finally you can taste Aberlour again in the A'Bunadh

  46. mifune scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    raucous whisky

  47. joep scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  48. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the nose the well-known, wonderfully sweet-fruity Aberlour creaminess. Delicious chocolate and sweet raisins in the mouth. Good batch!

  50. Collegiate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Better than the last batch (which I found to be the weakest one I’ve had yet), but still a far cry from the gems that the batches in the upper 40s were (which were so sherried that I find them more akin to Glendronach 18 than I do to current batches). This one brings back the spiciness and doesn’t have the off notes I saw in batch 65. But, I am finding with these more recent bottles that my palette is just getting a little tired of the heavy handedness of the sherry. You get the bombardment of Christmas cake and raisins, but there is little in the way of deftness or complexity in this experience. I suspect in recent years the amount of aged sherry in the mix has been reduced. If you go for this sort of thing - a masochistic, in your face, one trick pony, youthful sherry bomb - then this is for you. If however you are looking for complexity and balance, you’re likely looking at the wrong option with this one. Props to Aberlour though for this snazzy new livery and the mention on the back of the tube that they are using local barley.

  51. Wum scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    WOW. What a great single malt. This whisky convinces in every discipline. The nose is just fun. At the same time, it is extremely easy to drink. Extremely soft and mild, yet a poem of aromas.
    Everyone should have tried this whisky!
    • Nose
      wow, spicy, citrus, herbs, very tasty, slightly sweet, sherry, reminds me of the "Roundhouse Imperial Gin"
    • Taste
      Oak, herbs, very soft, tasty. Perfectly coordinated
    • Finish
      long and pleasant finish,

  52. Angleraetsche scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Incredibly good price / performance ratio.

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