Aberlour A'bunadh batch #36

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butt
Batch 36
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Aug 2011 12:00 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 98.45

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #36

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.51 points

  1. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The dessert substitute, if not peppery spiciness is desired.
    • Nose
      Delicious notes of sherry, oranges in alcohol, red fruits (cherries?), Subtle oak notes & a bit of malt. Add some icing sugar. Reminiscent of Black Forest cake with water. An idea eraser and sweet orange jam. With a little more water a little malty, but then duller. When half diluted with water, all previously so engaging notes are swept away.
    • Taste
      Here, too, clearly sherry, bitter English orange marmalade, emerging oaky dryness. But before that the alcohol packs well and burns clearly on the palate. A few drops of water, distinct oak notes, sherry and a captivating sweetness. The snappy sharpness remains.
    • Finish
      Nougat chocolate, sweet maraschino cherries. A strongly adhering sweetness coupled with gradually dwindling sharpness. This sharpness remains water even with the addition of up to 50%. Again, the order sweetness-sharpness sweetness.

  3. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It's good but it's far from being the best abunadh I could taste!
    • Nose
      Cherry, milk chocolate, spices
    • Taste
      very powerful, sweet
    • Finish

  4. dicembre29 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour a’bunadh (Batch 36)

    60.1% abv

    Score: 88/100

    Aberlour a’bunadh is consistently listed in whisky lovers’ ‘top ten’ lists (which are more often that not comprised of twenty or thirty whiskies), so it’s not surprising I get a lot of requests to review more of the batch releases of this expression.

    The simple fact of the matter is that this is damn good whisky, and fairly consistent in terms of quality, if not exact flavour profile. Batch variation is substantial with this dram, and if I’m to be dead honest, that’s a good thing. Keeps it interesting and shows that there is still some blender’s art happening here, and that these aren’t simply being batched to recipe-like homogeneity. There’s something intrinsically pure about these releases that wins me over.

    As a rule with a’bunadh, one can expect a thick and monolithic sherry monster, redolent in spices, dried fruits and sweetness. Usually some leather and tobacco as well. I’ll try to continue knocking out a few more batches here on the site with a bit more regularity in order to show the nuances between releases. To date…Batch 28 holds a spot in my heart as a favorite. That was the only release I squirrelled away a couple extra of. This is a whisky that I simply can’t imagine anyone not appreciating. More faithful than ol’ Trigger, this is one of my sidekicks.

    Batch 36 here, while not my favorite a’bunadh, is still certainly a great dram and better than almost anything in its price range.

    By the way…I do take exception to the ignorance on the label (which you can see in the picture above), referring to ‘single cask’. These batches are in no way ‘single cask’. Oh well. Nitpicking now.

    Nose: Rummy raisin and chocolate. Jam covered straw and hay. Cinnamon raisin toast and bread dough. Dried fruits, of course, but also some macerated berry notes…with pepper. Creamy sherry and a touch of eucalyptus. Light florals too. Nice clean casks. Nary a bad butt to be found in this vatting.

    Palate: Thick and syrupy. Cough syrup too. Nice fruit notes of plum, blackberry and…dunno…something bold and jammy. Fudge with black cherry in it. A little bit of pear or apple skin. Huge mouthfeel. Thick and chewy as hell. Awesome, awesome mouthful of whisky.




  5. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      9,0 Delikatnie dymna z nutami wanilii, kakao, cynamonu, wiśni, ananasa i orzecha z akcentem dębu oraz mięty.
    • Taste
      9,1 Słodka, delikatnie ostra oraz kwaśna z nutami wiśni, cynamonu i czerwonego grejpfruta z odrobiną goździka oraz białego pieprzu.
    • Finish
      9,1 Długi, słodki, rozgrzewający z nutami wiśni, imbiru, gruszki, cynamonu oraz ciemnej czekolady z odrobiną miodu i mięty.

  6. Gloin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    despite the high alcohol content, it is also drinkable in small sips. The sherry bomb par excellence, but without noticeable oak influences
    • Nose
      soft for the high alcohol content, dark fruits (cherries), sweet (sometimes the alcohol is already pungent), caramel
    • Taste
      Sherry without end, sweet and without bitterness, some cherries, hardly any oak
    • Finish
      long and warm, sweet and again a lot of sherry

  7. granella2003 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. granella2003 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Intense aromas of oloroso with subtle notes of spices, chocolate and orange
    • Taste
      Intense aromas of oloroso with subtle notes of spices, chocolate and orange
    • Finish
      A powerful and long finish with hints of exotic spices, dark chocolate

  9. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    "Batch 36 of Aberlour`s a`Bunadh - a cask strength, "ultra-sherried"

    whisky, made in the style of the days of Yore. Full of stunning raisin

    flavour and sweet spices. Like eaten a mince pie dowsed in brandy

    butter, with the brandy butter set alight. Mmm mmm."

  10. 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%.


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