Aberlour A'bunadh batch #31

Overall rating
87.25/100
votes
106
Whiskybase ID
WB16567
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
17.05.2010
Casktype
Spanish oak Oloroso Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 31
Strength
60.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LC40392
Added on
02 jul 2010 8:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 154.77

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #31

21 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.25 points.

  1. M134481 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Bacon, full-over sherry, dark chocolate, marzipan, caster sugar, dates, ginger, four seasons pepper mixed with oranges and honey. Malt, hazelnuts, perfume, Granny Smith apples, tobacco notes, figs, cherries and blackberries.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Coffee, sherry, dark chocolate, marzipan, caster sugar, dates, ginger, four seasons pepper, orange peel, honey and malt. Then hazelnuts, perfume, green apple, tobacco, figs, cherries and blackberries complement it.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Coffee, sherry, dark chocolate, marzipan, caster sugar, dates, ginger, four seasons pepper, orange peel, honey and malt. Then hazelnuts, perfume, green apple, tobacco, figs, cherries and blackberries complement it. At the end a sour taste with white grape and toasted bread lingers for some time.

  2. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: Sherry with light spices
    Taste: quite strong aroma. In the foreground there are notes of tea with an addition of sweet elements. A bit of nuts and figs in the background. All good.
    Rating: 88 | 100 quite long finish with tea elements.

  3. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A'Bunadh a really good whisky, sherry monster! A barrel fort adorns it.
    • Nose
      Powerful wine rich in raisins and aronia, with a high content of apricot jam, honey syrup and white bread. A little deeper you can feel the green apples, citruses, hazelnuts, creamy vanilla notes and oak nuances.
    • Taste
      Luscious, burning, slightly ginger, with hints of chocolate, with a large proportion of citrus fruits, apple seeds and dry tannins.
    • Finish
      Long enough. First, bread and nutty bitterness. Then honey sweetness and, in addition, apricot jam. Then spices and a lot of oak.

  4. rpvdwel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2012/02/01/aberlour-abunadh-2010-batch-31-605/
    • Nose
      N: senz’acqua, vista la gradazione, l’alcol è predominante: acetone, forse un po’ di cuoio, qualche spezia, un dolce profondo. Un vero mostro. Con acqua, la spezia si definisce (noce moscata); scorza d’arancia secca / disidratata (quella per infusi); anche la mela che si sente è disidradata? Ciliegia, cioccolato, ancora cuoio ad appesantire (è bello spigoloso). Tabacco da pipa aromatizzato (alla ciliegia…?). A tratti affiora una lieve affumicatura molto buona. Un bel legno pregno di sherry.
    • Taste
      P: zuppa inglese, fortissima, che emerge su un tappeto di alcol. Liquoroso, ma ha bisogno d’acqua. Ok, con acqua (ma ce ne vuole tanta) è uno sherry monster fatto e finito: ciliegia, cioccolato all’arancia. L’acidità (< arancia, agrumi) è molto forte, forse troppo, dato che l’auspicata dolcezza resta un po’ sullo sfondo. Pannoso, burroso, a tratti anche piuttosto pepato. Pochissima quercia. Le nostre amate mele rosse.
    • Finish
      F: lungo e piuttosto intenso, sui frutti rossi e sul legno, leggero. Arancia candita.

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Just great.
    • Nose
      Rather dark, almost sulphuric. Yes, I like that. It's beefy, and further has dark fruit (mainly dark cherries and dates), a pleasant note of oxidised grapes (which happens if you make oloroso), dunnage warehouse, cinnamon, wet oak, and wood smoke.
    • Taste
      Again this rather beefy side of sherry matured whiskies, with oxtail soup. Then, dark cherries, dates, figs, orange liqueur, Christmas cake, nuts, coffee and tobacco.
    • Finish
      Rounded, but with a bit of a sulphuric and dirty side. I like that. Dark fruit, oxidation,  nuts, tobacco, and so on.

  9. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    N: without water, given the gradation, alcohol is predominant: acetone, perhaps some leather, some spice, a deep sweet. A real monster. With water, the spice is defined (nutmeg); dry / dehydrated orange peel (for infusions); also the apple that you feel is dehydrated? Cherry, chocolate, leather still to weight (it is beautiful angular). Tobacco pipe flavored (with cherry ...?). At times a very good light smoke emerges. A beautiful wood full of sherry. P: English soup, very strong, that emerges on a carpet of alcohol. Liqueur, but it needs water. Ok, with water (but it takes a lot) is a finished and finished sherry monster: cherry, orange chocolate. The acidity (<orange, citrus) is very strong, perhaps too much, since the desired sweetness remains a bit 'in the background. Pannoso, buttery, sometimes even rather peppery. Very little oak. Our beloved red apples. F: long and rather intense, on red fruits and on wood, light. Candied orange. A true sherry monster, we said it: the gradation is devastating, but with water it opens and becomes more pleasant. A little 'of disappointment lies in the palate: just in the mouth there is a blaze of sweetness, but it is a brief dream that resurfaces to the finish, interrupted by that too marked acidity. It's good, for heaven's sake, but in our judgment this batch lacks a roundness that would have made it a real bomb: http://whiskyfacile.com/2012/02/01/aberlour-abunadh-2010-batch-31-605/

  10. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.pl/a/40-aberlour/85-aberlour-a-bunadh-batch-31-60_50.html
    • Nose
      8,2 Słodka z nutami wiśni, wanilii, kakao, jęczmienia oraz dębu z odrobiną goździka.
    • Taste
      8,1 Trochę niczym marmolada z wiśni z nutami kakao, wanilii i orzecha włoskiego ze szczyptą cynamonu.
    • Finish
      8,2 Długi, rozgrzewający z nutami beczki dębowej, wiśni i wanilii z odrobiną białego pieprzu.

  11. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic dram. I really love these powerful expressions of Aberlour.

    (Rating interval 88-92)
    • Nose
      Fresh leather, tobacco, sherry spices like cinnamon and allspice, caramel and hints of dark roasted coffee.
    • Taste
      Warm and dry mouthfeel, full-bodied, oak, allspice again, ginger bread, toffee, loads of spices.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and spicy with hints of chocolate, dark cocoa and bitter tea.

  12. ducksingel scored this whisky 89 points Editor

    Tasting this one is understanding why it’s a classic whisky. This batch is, at least. But it’s also quite a heavy one. One dram is enough and makes you want for a light and fruity one.

  13. Kirsch scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Blast of sherry as soon as i opened the bottle. Sweet toffee and chocolate with raisins and plums. On palate more toffee and chocolate. Very long and quite dry finish, with lots of toffee.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. Tothemorrow scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    A true testament to sherry matured whisky
    • Nose
      Toasted bread, cigar tobacco, oak, treacle, toffee, raisins and coffee
    • Taste
      Sweet, although with a briny touch. Sweet liquorice, lots of fudge, toasted oak, treacle and caramel
    • Finish
      Long finish

  15. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A real delightful sherry beast! Very full and rounded balance.

    A little water makes it even better!

  16. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: floral, fruitcake, bourbon - sugar, raisins, saw dust, orange peel, lemon, creamy - (advocaat), nectarines marmalade, sherry, figs and chocolate
    T: spicy - speculaas/brown spiced biscuit, smoke, caramel, roasted barley and fruity - strawberry
    F: very long/dry, fruity - orange, herbs, spices, wholemeal bread and tannins
    this whisky needs no water
    compared with batch #23, #26, #30, #33, #35 and #37

  17. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of the best batch of A'Bunadh tasted so far!
    • Nose
      Very sherry! Chocolate and red fruits. Cherries. My darling!
    • Taste
      Powerful but well controlled alcohol. Tangy.
    • Finish
      Long

  18. 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%.

  19. Malt Hans scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Malty
      and floral aroma, red apples, eucalyptus and oak. Sweet and fruity
      taste, oak, vanilla, ripe pear, orange marmelade, pepper and malt.
      Medium long and fruity end.
    • Taste
      Tannic and fruity taste, vanilla sweetness, less tannic with water, hops and coffee.
    • Finish
      Medium long and fruity end.

  20. gralson scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      sirop sweet, incredibly intense cherry - straight out candied, in the background plum, overripe pear, apples, banana, smell kind of metallized
    • Taste
      evident repeating the smell, terribly sweety, thick cherry liqueur, candied morello cherry, nuts and dried fruit as used in cooking,, terribly uniform but incredible chocolate, metallized aftertaste,
    • Finish
      sweet finish uniform alcoholic but relatively gentle, felling, on
      average debts debts - they would like longer, at the very end pinching
      on the tongue

  21. Lafroy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Seems to be sourer as compared to early batches. Still a good one!
    • Nose
      Raisins, dried fruits, cheesecake, cherry compote, lots of vanilla, hints of citrus and slight notes of fingernail polish. It seems to be very deep and sweet. Dark chocolate is also noticeable.
    • Taste
      A little sour at the beginning, with hints of citrus, deep sweetness, vanilla, roots, some dryness and prunes. Cheery in chocolate accompany the taste at all times.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet and dry with cherry to it, hints of roots, delicate pepper and prunes.

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