Aberlour A'bunadh batch #72

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Batch 72
59.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 nov 2021 11:41 pm by peatbogger
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 90.16

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #72

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.25 points.

  1. FrankH did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Does anyone know why this Batch 072 was not available in Germany?

  2. SAND scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Poured and left to breathe for 1 hour before tasting.
    NOSE: Quite dry oak wood (but not saw dusty dry), old dark mahogany wood, dark caramel, dark treacle, browned butter, dark raisins, dried dates, dark plums, dark pine forest honey, some alcohol (quite manageable though). Quite intense and multi faceted but not really complex. Lovely though. Half a teaspoon of water doesn't substantially change the nose. (89p)
    TASTE: The arrival is fairly dry and strong, with lots of dried fruits and dark treacle (w/o the sweetness). On the mid palate more dark treacle, dark honey, dark caramel and baking spices; nutmeg, dried ginger, hints of cloves and cinnamon. Overbrewed black tea, marmite. Do I even taste some earthy dunnage warehouse notes..? Half a teaspoon of water makes it more tannic and spicy-bitter. (87-88p)
    FINISH: Spicy; crushed black pepper, dried ginger, a little dried chili. Fairly long aftertaste. Youngish rather than balanced. (85p)
    OVERALL: A real Sherry bomb but less sweet than some. Be careful with / when adding water. Total score 87 points.

  3. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    I've had a couple of A'bunadhs when they were affordable which was a while back.
    So little experience in the different batches but I can imagine they are just subtle.
    This however I liked and a full bottle would be fun to play with.
    • Nose
      85 85
      This is indeed quite soft.
      At such a high alcohol percentage it normally tickles the nose.
      This is almost like sherry, sweet and mellow.
      Slight woody notes that go with the chocolate orange.
      With a few drops of water the nose becomes a bit more sherry like.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Different kind of animal when it comes to the taste, it really shows you what it's made of.
      Sharp and spicy and that is a good thing as it sends a shiver down your spine.
      Your mouth gets used to it after a few sips and the sherry flavours start to shine.
      With water it is more palatable but as far as anything else goes, nothing changes.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is long as you would expect and it is somewhat tart and i like that, sometimes the tart the better.
      With water the tart note turns more bitter, not a bad note, just a different corner.

  4. peatbogger scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Some complain about batch variety and that you never know what to expect. I'm going to claim they are all sherry bombs and you know exactly what to expect.
    That said, of course there are batch differences, some are better than other.
    Not sure how well this batch will be received as I find it quite different than many of the 50's batches. It's not the most expressive, but I found it pleasing.
    • Nose
      86 86
      This is a lot softer than some of the previous batches I've had.
      For once the ABV is slightly below 60%, maybe an indication of a few older casks in the blending.
      The alc is very mellow on the nose.
      Also a lot less of the wet sherry wood notes than expected.
      Besides that there are the usual dark fruit and berry notes.
      Water makes it brighter, with almost a touch of zest.
    • Taste
      88 88
      All in all it's also much more mellow on the palate.
      More wood than on the nose, but here as well it is just wood, not the sherry soaked wet kind. Good amount of spice without getting too hot. It is possible to enjoy it neat.
      It takes water like a champ, and it really takes a lot to kill the spiciness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fairly long. Nice sweet fruitiness.
      Even with water there is a lingering warmth of pepper.


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