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Aberlour A'bunadh batch #37

Overall rating
88.41/100
votes
114
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Casktype
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Strength
59.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2011 1:29 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 148,13

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114 × member ratings

182 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #37

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.41 points

  1. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Mark-E scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. markkuyper scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  6. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Another nice oloroso in this line, oak is not too exaggerated. 88/89.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy sherry, milk chocolate, raisin, forest fruits, orange peel and antique leather.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful and bittersweet. Sherry, tannic oak, coffee, antique leather and orange liqueur.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, spicy, bittersweet.

  7. Sandman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Chocolate, raisins, cherries, blackberries, raspberry, orange, figs, leather, sherry, dates and sulfur.
    • Taste
      Chocolate, fruitcake, raspberry, cherry, blackberry, fig, sherry, leather, coffee, orange, dried fruit, almonds, oak and a hint of rubber.
    • Finish
      Long, chocolate, raisins, dark fruit, oak, little pepper, almonds, sulfur and a little bit of leather.

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A rather excellent a'bunadh, as it is fruity and wasn't overpowered by the oak, which often leads to bitterness. 
    • Nose
      A proper sherry matured dram. It has the smell of dunnage warehouse, a bit mouldy even, but balances this with nice fresh fruitiness of orange, and dried fruit of date. Next, there is an oaky side, not too old, but certainly not too young. It's all well-behaved and polished. Further: coffee roast, cocoa, and even a slight hint of mint. 
    • Taste
      Easy to drink, not a slap in your face as other a'bunadhs might have. It's liqueur-alike, with nice sweet notes of ripe oranges. It has this sugary side too. Next are raisins, almonds, coffee, medium bitter chocolate and polished oak.
    • Finish
      It stays rather fruity, with dried fruit becoming more prominent (raisin and date), and pepper and oak playing 2nd and 3rd fiddle. 

  9. dicembre29 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour a’bunadh (Batch 37)

    59.6% abv

    Score: 89.5/100

    Time to settle in with another batch of our favorite young cask strength sherry bomb. No sherried malt out there packs anything near the pound-for-pound punch power of a’bunadh.

    This whisky, for those not in the know, is Aberlour’s small batch (but likely not as small as in early days, I imagine) beefcake. The distillery releases a few editions each year, of slightly varying strength and quality. The quality variance, in my experience, is relatively small however. I’ve tried many batches, from the early teens through the mid forties, and found them to be remarkably consistent. Yes, there are flavour differences, but those nuances and subtleties are what make the malt beautiful and keep us coming back.

    Gaelic for ‘the origin’, a’bunadh is Aberlour’s attempt at producing an old school style malt similar to that which would have been produced in early days. Hence…the origin.

    For the newbies out there…this is not liable to be one of the first whiskies you reach for at your local retailer – unless you’ve been doing your homework, that is – but I promise you it will be a game-changer when you do finally grab a bottle. It is immense enough to open up an entire world of possibilities in the whisky world, but also approachable enough that nearly anyone should be able appreciate its sweet, sweet depths.

    So let’s check in on a’bunadh. Last batch reviewed was 28. This is 37. Most recent I’ve seen on local shelves is 44. Though I’ve tried many of the other batches, they haven’t been in the right controlled setting suitable for review. No fear though. Many more to come in the future.

    Oh yeah…did I mention…at a whopping 60% (give or take) this whisky is always an asskicking heavyweight.

    Nose: Gooey, stringy toffee or caramel. Coffee…much like a Caramel Macchiato or something. Figgy. Touch o’ brimstone, if you get my drift. Fudge with a touch of cherry. Oranges. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Oak and honey.

    Palate: Unmistakeable. Spicy. Caramelized sugars and deep threads of caramel. Plump figs and other mixed dried fruits. Again a bit of cherry. Alcohol-soaked cherry, that is. Very syrupy. Almost cough syrup heavy. Brazil nut…walnut…hazelnut…or some mix thereof.

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  10. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.pl/a/40-aberlour/645-aberlour-a-bunadh-batch-37-59_60.html
    • Nose
      8,8 Słodka, lekko ostra z nutami wiśni i beczki dębowej z odrobiną kakao, orzecha, białego pieprzu oraz kawy zbożowej.
    • Taste
      8,7 Pikantna z nutami wiśni, miodu oraz śliwki ze szczyptą imbiru, cynamonu i czarnego pieprzu.
    • Finish
      8,8 Długi, dość ostry z nutami beczki dębowej z odrobiną goździka, brzoskwini, mięty, pomarańczy oraz imbiru.

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