Aberlour A'bunadh batch #71

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Batch 71
61.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
29 oct 2021 3:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 88.04

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #71

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.38 points.

  1. Art_of_malt_whisky scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Excellent. Despite of high ABV it is very easy to drink.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. whiskyexperte scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose : Clear notes of sherry, nutty, dark fruits

    Flavor :Sherry chocolate, subtle oak
    Finish: long, sherry, somewhat dry (wood)

  3. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    it tolerates water and needs time
    I like the nose and the malt is OK for me, but older ones were better
    • Nose
      red berries, oak lovely, sherry class, raisins, slightly polished, floral-perfume note, slightly sour
      with water: sweeter, mushy berries, slightly vanilla increases, slightly hairy note

      from the 1920s: wood!!, tingles slightly, roasting grate (already cold), slightly metallic, a chemical note
      with water: dark sweet, a heavy floral note
    • Taste
      full, round, oily
      tart berry, oak (different, treated), tart sherry, spicy, bitter, the alcohol tingles slightly

      with water: soft, sweet berries, licorice, green needles from the tree
    • Finish
      Sherry, tart, chocolate ~75%

      with water: dark fruity, very tart!!

      astringent throughout the mouth

  4. Collegiate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Always reliable sherry bomb, but maybe not as exciting or overwhelming as previous batches. Continues to give the spicy Aberlour character, but just comes a off a little younger and sharper this time around. Unlike many batches that I preferred undiluted, this one really needs the water to help even out some of the edges and open up on the flavours.

  5. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Maybe not the best A'bundha of all time, but nobody really needs that anyway. Batch 71 delivers. Cask strength, sherry and intense aromas. There's all I would expect.

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

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. karloff scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Haven't had a A'bunadh in a long time so thanks to Ronny and Peatbogger for the sample.
    If my memory serves me well the stuff back then was much better.
    • Nose
      81 81
      The usual sherry notes and this doesn't smell like a high percentage.
      A little hint of bourbon, ginger cake, toffee and tinned prune juice.
      With a few drops of water it now feels like high strength which is weird.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Am I getting soft in my old age but you can feel the 60%,still quite palatable and I have had worse at this percentage and lower.
      I agree with peatbogger, not so much of a bomb as they used to be.
      With water it's a little more sweeter with mint and liquorice.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Nice and long chewy spice leaving the reminiscent of a cherry boiled sweet.
      Not much difference, it's just the mint leaf right on the death.

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Blackberries, wild berry jam, juice gummies, nuts, orange, dried herbs
    • Taste
      Forest berry jam, nuts, chocolate, dried herbs, spices, coffee, wood

  9. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    A sample from ronnholt. Like batch #72 this is not quite the bomb that A'bunadh used to be. In some way that's not all that bad, some of the 50-60 batches was a bit too fresh and heavy.
    • Nose
      85 85
      More cinnamon and chocolate and less sherry than the recent previous batches.
      More resinous wood notes and a hint of mint.
      ABV absolutely not noticeable on the nose.
      Water doesn't change or add much. Maybe the wood, it seems less dry and rather a little sour.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and punchy.
      More like what I expected from an A'bunadh on the palate.
      Yet it's more cordial berries than sherry fruits.
      Spicy on cinnamon. Turning towards chocolate.
      Water naturally takes the punch down a few notches, but it takes water very well without losing too much spice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Neat it is quite long, but it's also quite drying on spice.
      As the dryness fades there's still some sweetness left.
      Water brings more dark chocolate forward and replaces the dryness with a much nicer sweetness.

  10. aquataste scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, spicy, cinnamon, clear notes of sherry, ripe cherries, milk chocolate, raisins, honey, spices
    • Taste
      Sweet and dry, tart, sherry, cherries in chocolate, vanilla, honey, citrus, nutmeg, cloves, pepper
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, oak bitterness

  11. KB201 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Sherry-heavy aromas in cask strength
    • Nose
      85 85
      Intense with chocolate and oranges.
    • Taste
      86 86
      After dark cherries, ginger and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long with a touch of oak.

  12. Matthias80 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry aromas are already evaporating heavily from the glass. Chocolate can also be sniffed. Maybe some leather.
    • Taste
      The cask strength is noticeable. Especially in the volume, he can hardly walk with his strength ;). Really good power. Flavors of sherry, chocolate, cherries, plums [dark berries]. In the beginning, the rather bitter wood notes are quite strong, but then they decrease and the overall impression becomes a bit milder. Mild might be the wrong word. Something sweeter.
    • Finish
      Notes of sherry and dark chocolate dominate the long finish.

  13. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla sweet artificial

    Vanilla, rum notes, sweet, alcohol sharpness

    Medium length, sweet

    Not so great batch, before heading towards 84

  14. Xanty scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92


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