Aberlour A'bunadh batch #22

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish oak Oloroso Sherry Butts
Batch 22
59.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
23 jul 2008 9:41 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 267.38

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #22

18 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.73 points.

  1. watermelon scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    I taste this dram with Glendronach 1994 Hand-filled #2172 & 7470 and I like it more. So I'm very pleasant to give it one more point.

  2. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    COLOUR: dark amber (without dye)

    - a very good Aberlour and intense sherry whisky
    - the old batches were even better and more aromatic
    than the "younger" from batch 50
    - unfortunately hard to get...
    • Nose
      full nose with sweet sherry aroma, fruity, orange, smells of older grapes and old oak
    • Taste
      Strong but also pleasantly complex attack, a lot of sherry, grapes, raisins, becoming dry, very powerful in the back palate, very voluminous, with a light spiciness
    • Finish
      medium length spicy, fruity finish ;
      long fruity aftertaste, stays in the mouth for a long time

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tobacco Leaves

    Aberlour have been releasing their a’bunadh for more than 20 years now. ‘From the well’ it means. I have had the good fortune of trying some ten batches and they’re all pretty close taste-wise. Logical of course. Today I will try an early batch – number 22 - bottled more than 13 years ago, in 2007.

    Deep sherry with dark and red fruit. But the nose also has a surprisingly salty note, although that vanishes quickly. Tobacco leaves dominate, followed by black grapes and cranberries. Then a handful of hazelnuts. The addition of a tea spoon of water makes it a little less sweet, but does offer some aniseed. This is again a very attractive nose.

    Sturdy arrival and immediately piquant on cloves, nutmeg and chili peppers. Then a very sweet, almost candy-like note follows like red lace candy and maple syrup. Adding water makes it more creamy and sweet but rather dark. Think liquorice and chocolate.

    The finish is – very long – and sweet on red fruit and some butterscotch. Salted caramel at the death.

    I have yet to encounter an a’bunadh that I did not like. This is simply marvellous stuff despite the fact that it’s probably very young whisky. Active casks for sure.

  4. HansG scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is something I can call it "Reference".

    It is a bottle below 200usd that can easily defeat most of its contemporary sherried single cask.

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very nice, strong Aberlour, great batch!

    [Color] amber;
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sherry flavors, fruits (raisins, oranges), some sulfur, spices;
    • Taste
      88 88
      with water: equally powerful and fruity (ripe old grapes, oranges), full sherry aromas, spices (pepper, ginger), very balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium to long with chocolate and oak; fruity aftertaste, lots of sherry;

  7. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  8. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    tasted side by side with batch 58, the new one was noticeably very pale in color, and the flavor of the new batch has a sweeter note (which i liked because it added a new dimension), but overall complexity was thin compared to the old bottling
    • Nose
      rich old sherry, grainy, woodsy, raisins, rich red fruits, cake, salt, plums, black grapes, cranberry, prunes, tobacco, nuts, grass
    • Taste
      thick, rich red fruits, spices, butter, malt, really grainy texture, syrup
    • Finish
      long, spices, rich red fruits, damp red wood, grass, light butter, plum, malt, tree sap, rich sugars at the back followed by long dark salted dried plums and fruits

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. tebond968 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour NAS 'A'bunadh', 59.3%, OB 2008, batch no 22 - Speyside
    Nose: imposed pears. Slightly acidic. What winey. Soft sherry. Turns into red fruit. All kinds of berries, but no sense to fish which. Strong taste, mouth filling. Sherry, fruit (apple), vanilla, caramel and slightly smoky. Beautiful balance bitter-sweet. Finish on bitter chocolate and spices. Remains smooth. Pleasant whisky. 81/100 http://onversneden.com/2009/12/03/abunadh/

  12. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      8,9 Delikatnie kwiatowa z nutami wiśni i słodu jęczmiennego ze szczyptą wanilii, cynamonu oraz kakao.
    • Taste
      8,9 Lekko pikantna z nutami wiśni, pomarańczy oraz ananasa ze szczyptą kakao, wanilii, goździka oraz cynamonu.
    • Finish
      9,0 Długi, rozgrzewający z nurami wiśni, śliwki oraz czerwonego grejpfruta z odrobiną cynamonu oraz białego pieprzu.

  13. TDMartijn scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not spectacular but very nice on his time, fine example of a sherried whisky. Not the best A'bunadh though.
    • Nose
      Raisins, rum, chocolate, marzipan, roasted sugars. strong in alcohol which also remains after adding water.
    • Taste
      Rum/cognac, chocolate, raisins, nuts. With water: sweet in the beginning, little acidity in the aftertaste. Not unpleasant.
    • Finish
      Long, acidity remains a bit.

  14. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good whisky, a little odd for me with a taste, more balanced would be over 90 points.
    • Nose
      Unfortunately, the Laphroaig Cask Strength, which I like differently, suffered the same problem, but I like it very much, but behind the closed scent, I'm going to take a few points down, if somebody does not mind, add a few bodysuits. Dense smell of coffee liqueur, even as if I felt a rush of rum and bitter chocolate. After adding water nuts.
    • Taste
      So this is the league, beautifully full, dense, rich and strong, clearly the best of the Aberlours I drank. Chocolate, sherry.After adding a few drops of water, it will ease.
    • Finish
      Medium-long decay.

  15. 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%.

  16. Collector57 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What do you expect from a'bunadh? Well this delivers it all. Christmas in a glass.
    • Nose
      very heavily sherried, with loads of marzipan and a strong chocolate presence. As usual for these sherried malts, raisins were there in abundance.
    • Taste
      Rum and raisin chocolate. Powerful alcohol with a strong sherry influence as expected. No surprises here, just clean heavily sherried malt that a'bunadh can do so well. Very occasionally a'bunadh batches have a hint of sulphur, but I didn't get it in this one.
    • Finish
      Astringent at first, then spicy after a while. Long and warming, with the chocolate and some almond still there

  17. Feusi scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    And for this batch again, beautiful sherry notes, sweet fruits with a long finish, chocolate with a fareaway smoke and sweet honey.

  18. Lafroy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very complex, one of these whiskies you´ve got to have at home.
    • Nose
      Raisins, dried fruits, cheesecake, cherry compote, lots of vanilla, hints of citrus and slight notes of fingernail polish. It seems to be very deep and sweet. Dark chocolate is also noticeable.
    • Taste
      A little sour at the beginning, with hints of citrus, deep sweetness, vanilla, roots, some dryness and prunes. Cheery in chocolate accompany the taste at all times.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet and dry with cherry to it, hints of roots, delicate pepper and prunes.

  19. I_SPEY scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Lovely and so complex. One of the best sherried whiskies I've had (and still have)
    • Nose
      Raisins, orange peel, blueberries
    • Taste
      Sweet, sherry, lemons, vanilla and white grapes
    • Finish
      Rather long, raisins and ginger!!


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