- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt
- 59.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 02 Feb 2011 5:24 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #34
18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.93 points
- from Snake_Byte
Black cherries, raspberry jam, orange marmalade, marzipan, red wine, blackcurrants, molasses, apricots, dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla and buttercream, central sherry with some Christmas mincemeat spice in the background
Full on dried cherries and red fruits, Cadbury eclairs, manuka honey and malt extract coating everything, full-bodied red wine, rich fruitcake, ginger, blood orange, with air a blackcurrant cough syrup flavour, toasted oak in the background, oily becoming waxy mouthfeel.
More honey, sticky toffee pudding, leather, cocoa powder, cloves, caramel shortbread, plums, Vimto, tannic and dry, glowing burn that lingers
- This one develops from gentle to a bit harsh and cloying. The nose and palate were fully OK though.
More restrained than other versions from that time. It's orangy, oaky (white oak), with later also dark fruit and cinnamon. It may be restrained, but it's pleasant!
Also on the palate, this is rather decent. It's a liqueury whisky. Think of Grand Marnier with dark fruit, Dutch appelstroop, pepper and cinnamon. Oh, and a hint of coffee and tobacco.
Gets spicier and a tad tanninic. Those harsh peppers and gingers! Water didn't help by the way. Further, it has dried fruit (mainly date).
- Aberlour a’bunadh (Batch 34)
Fun. Just found a sample I’d put away of another a’bunadh I had not yet written up.
What say we cuddle up with a glass of Batch 34 from a few years back and jot down a few tasting notes for posterity? Here we’re heading back into familiar waters, as long time readers will be well aware. I’ve covered several of these releases over the years (and tasted many others besides). With a’bunadh, the fact of the matter is that they’re all very similar, but somehow all very unique. I’ll continue to cover as many of these releases as I can, knowing that there are some die-hard a’bunadh fans out there.
First things first…I concede there are better sherried malts on the market. ‘Specially some of the older ones from the storied old Speyside masters. However…there are times when only a glass of a’bunadh will do. Honestly. I find myself returning to this malt time and again because the youth and bombast are simply unparalleled in terms of delivering an over-the-top fruity sherried experience. This is a whisky for the days when your taste buds don’t want to be made love to…they just want a good, hard…well…y’know where I’m going with this.
Anyway…Batch 34 is a keeper. A great progression on a theme. If I come across any more of it on the shelves, I’ll be sure to clean ’em out. Not likely to happen though, at this stage of the game.
Nose: Flawless casks. Big jammy fruits. Cherry (my favorite fruit!). None of the drier notes I’ve found in a few of the more recent batches. Chocolate cake. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Some almond or Amaretto. Pecan pie. Toasted marshmallow. A touch of eucalyptus. Some Demerara. A unique touch of smoke (from wood charring?).
Palate: Oh, wow. Like biting into a juicy handful of grapes. Chocolate shavings. Thick dark jam on hot biscuits. Great spice and a touch of woodiness. Some cherry and raspberry notes with just a touch of citric freshness. Almost a Dr. Pepper or cherry cola familiarity. Beautiful mix of sweet and tart. The palate is a little different from the nose, but just as good and just as high scoring. Great long finish.
Thoughts: This is one of the better batches of a’bunadh I’ve ever doused my taste buds with. Great release from a distillery that has successfully managed to walk the NAS tightrope. As long as the malt maintains a profile and quality of about this level I will continue to buy. Should also note…this is my Christmas dram. Anyone coming to visit around the holidays can expect one of these while we listen to Dropkick Murphys’ ‘The Season’s Upon Us’.
8,5 Lekko dymna z nutami dębu, wiśni, goździka, kakao, brzoskwini, wanilii oraz gałki muszkatołowej.
8,4 Delikatnie ostra, mocno wiśniowa ze szczyptą imbiru, kakao, gałki muszkatołowej oraz białego pieprzu.
8,4 Dość długi, rozgrzewający z nutami wiśni oraz gruszki z odrobiną goździka, cynamonu i zielonego pieprzu.
- Lots of dried fruits on the nose with an initial big punch on the mounth that fades to sweet and spcicy flavours.The finish is very very long and dry.This is a real sherry BOMB.
"Name: Aberlour A`Bunadh Batch #34
Distillery: Aberlour (Speyside)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch
Age Statement: Nil
Working quietly in the shadows of much larger and more visible distilleries, Aberlour has slowly started to make its mark in the world of whisky. Boasting an impressive portfolio and not to mention a great distillery tour, Aberlour certainly has all the makings of a great distillery. But it is the whisky that is making the real waves that have made this brand one to watch. In fact, in recent years, connoisseurs have turned to Aberlour as the go-to distillery for a great sherry whisky, especially since Macallan is starting to release more Bourbon matured whisky (possibly pointing to a lack of supply of good sherry casks for maturation).
Leading the charge towards sherried whisky immortality for Aberlour is undoubtedly the Aberlour A`Bunadh. A single cask, cask strength expression released by batches by the distillery, its original release received rave reviews and has never looked back since. At roughly 35-40 pounds (S$80) a bottle, it is also a real steal, but unfortunately tax and lack of availability in Singapore means the price is a bit higher than a straightforward conversion. Nevertheless, the whisky has been so well received it hasgone on to release numerous batches, with the newest being #35. This whisky is from batch #34".