Aberlour A'bunadh batch #46

Overall rating
85.56/100
votes
227
Whiskybase ID
WB43906
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2013
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 46
Strength
60.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LKPG 2177
Barcode
3047100225435
Added on
20 aug 2013 11:38 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 113.47

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #46

35 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.56 points.

  1. dramspotter scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very good a'bunadh
    • Nose
      milk chocolate, pouch tobacco
    • Taste
      milky, quite chocolaty
    • Finish
      medium but nice

  2. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Firm body. 
    • Nose
      Rich. Aromas. Sherry notes. Orange and hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      Strong taste with dried fruit, chocolate . Candy sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long and strong. Complex. 

  3. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Another great Abunad, powerful, deep, bitter-sweet, coffee-milk, not cloying, spicy, still inexpensive, what else is needed? Run, take, drink, enjoy.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, first nose - spicy wood, nuts; furniture from a file, a furniture varnish, a cappuccino, cocoa, fried nuts, raisins, baklava, burnt rusks, kvasnoe wort, chocolate cakes, light earth notes, light citrus shades, caramel dream.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, sweet and sour, burning, bitter chocolate with chili pepper, cappuccino, coffee liqueur, bitter young bark, pu er, raisins, prunes, burnt biscuits.
    • Finish
      Spicy, bitter and sweet - coffee with condensed milk, bitter chocolate, raisins, a little orange crusts, overcooked nuts, burnt crackers, boiled condensed milk.

  4. Syleo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    EN: Overall, an excellent whisky in my opinion. I've tasted three different batches so far, none has disappointed me. Definitely one of my favorite no-age statement cask-strength malts. DE: All in all, an excellent whisky. The a'bunadh is definitely one of my favorites among NAS in terms of grip. So far, three batches tried, none has disappointed.
    • Nose
      EN: As soon as you open the bottle you'll enjoy the bunch and punch of scents. The nose is an intense mix of dried dates, prunes, raisins, mixed with some red grapes, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. DE: When I open the bottle I am once again overwhelmed by the variety and variety of scents that seduce the nose. There is this slight tickling of the cask strength (60.4%), but not disturbing, but pleasantly appealing. There are dried figs, prunes, of course, raisins and somehow red grape juice. Is there vanilla - yes, definitely - a touch of cinnamon somewhere.
    • Taste
      EN: The palate is a little complex in my opinion, concentrating on sweetness, mainly dried fruit, vanilla and creme brulee. Here is the only area in which the a'bunadh is surpassed by older sherry-centered expressions. DE: Then the feeling in the mouth, it fills every taste bud, flows into every corner of the palate, neither oily nor sprittig, more like it would dissolve immediately and penetrate only as a hint in all corners. However, is there a slight - how shall I say - disappointment? No, that's not it, but maybe helplessness. After the magnificent nose, I can not pin down the flavors really. Here older Sherry representatives are probably a bit more pointed or complex. In the a'bunadh the sweetness is in the foreground, mainly the dried fruit, the vanilla and the caramelized pudding, in addition a very slight bitter almond bitterness. The taste remains great, but perhaps not terrific.
    • Finish
      EN:
      The finish is long and intense, you almost get the impression that the whisky is evaporating before reaching your throat, which is probably due to its cask strength. But any initial sharpness is instantly superseded by a sweet richness and even smoothness that leaves you longing for the next sip. DE:
      The departure but makes up for much again. Even in the throat he seems to change to the gaseous state, hardly a flow is noticeable, rather an inhalation. And the initial sharpness immediately gives way to a richness and gentleness that awakens the longing for another sip.

  5. Markie81 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. chlinatele scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Hammer whisky. Despite the high Vol. Number. A little diluted, it tastes even better ... Have tried so far three different batch and find all very very good .....
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Butz75 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Gneisenau scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Sandman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 15-9-2014
    • Nose
      Deep sherry tones, raisins, orange, chocolate, dried fruit and rubbery fragrance
    • Taste
      Pure chocolate, forest fruits, creamy caramel, orange, herbs and a little pepper
    • Finish
      Long, full of body, sharp at the end and hot in the throat

  11. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not complicated but it certainly works. I did not try it with water I think these Aberlour should be mandatory drunk neat to get the full beneifit.
    • Nose
      Nice nose,  luscious sherry, dark fruits and some blackcurrant jam, red wine balsamic vinegar and plum sauce.
    • Taste
      Very fruity and very fizzy on strawberry jam mixed in with ripe dark plums. Some coffee notes mixed in with blueberry.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet.

  13. Koalafant scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    A very weak batch of A'Bunadh.
    • Nose
      without water first nothing, a little alcohol. Sharpness, a hint of sherry; with water a little more sherry, freshly mown wildflower meadow
    • Taste
      enormous alcohol. Sharpness, slight dry fruit note
    • Finish
      numb (despite water), then bitter

  14. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is wonderful, taste is the Aberlour a true chameleon. Dark fruits, sweetness, pepper, leather, overripe fruits, even the bitter note of wood perfectly match and make the Aberlour a taste experience. I like it very much!
    • Nose
      The first nosing mixes dark fruits with a slightly sprittigen glue or alcohol note. A hint of dark chocolate flows through my nose. After adding some water the Aberlour opens, the dark fruits become more intense. The sprightly nose has become much sweeter. Vanilla and malt mix under the intense fruit. After a few minutes, an aroma of overripe fruit develops, it could be bananas and apples.
    • Taste
      Despite water addition, the first impression is relatively bitter and wooden with a slight hint of fruit. After renewed addition of water, the dark fruits come back. Dark bittersweet chocolate mixes with a pinch of pepper. The fruitiness of the nose is overruled by a bitter oak taste. A change of bitter wood, leather, pepper and sweet fruit dominates.
    • Finish
      The finish also alternates between bitter wood, pepper and sweet fruit. A pleasant aroma of leather slowly turns into a fine espresso note. After a medium-long slightly peppery finish creates a subtle nut flavor.

  15. Mardo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. WLUO scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  17. jhut scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Color is incredibly red, never seen that way
    • Nose
      Fruit, apple, shery, wood like, vaille, incredibly complex. Really uncomfortably tasty
    • Taste
      Complex, red fruit, as if you are swallowing a greengrocer.
    • Finish
      Wow, incredibly complex. A lot of fruit but not that it gets heavy. Still remains very light and perfectly balanced

  18. Butz75 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Viskiniekka did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    As stated by many, a step back from batch 46. The taste is simpler and the whisky is more of a sherry punch with stinging alcohol. Skip this batch.

  20. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not as full-bodied as some other batches, e.g. compared to batch 44 the casks seem to have had less grip on the spirit. It therefore seems to be less mature, but it's a good whisky nevertheless.
    • Nose
      First dried fruit like goji berry, apricot and gooseberry. Then darker, especially when adding water: Raisin, toffee, mocha, date, orange and a little tobacco.
    • Taste
      Orange, raisin, cranberry, toffee, dark cherry and peppery spice. Something immature like a plum liquor and a slight touch of cooked vegetables as well.
    • Finish
      Cherry, raisin, cranberry, toffee, dark chocolate and spice.

  21. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.pl/a/40-aberlour/653-aberlour-a-bunadh-batch-46-60_40.html
    • Nose
      8,6 Słodka lekko ostra z nutą goździka, śliwki, wanilii i orzecha z odrobiną mięty, zboża, karmelu oraz wiśni.
    • Taste
      8,7 Rozgrzewająca, dość kwaśna, słodka z nutą pomarańczy, wiśni, toffi, goździka i białego pieprzu.
    • Finish
      8,7 Długi, lekko ciepły z nutami goździka, mięty, wiśni, ananasa, dębu oraz białej czekolady.

  22. tebond968 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch No. 46, 60.4%, OB 2013, Oloroso Sherry Butt
    Hearty sherry that brings me in scents with apples (zest), dates and figs, candy sugar, nuts (almonds and hazelnuts), herbs such as nutmeg and cinnamon, cocoa, cough syrup, chocolate and a little rubber. Well, a little, once you notice it, you can hardly smell next to it. Bicycle tires. Not the most pleasant association. Pretty much oak. Firm and tingling mouthfeel with lots of herbs, citrus fruit and oak. Very stimulating. This stuff stimulates the tongue like cayenne pepper the hole of a donkey. Bitter chocolate, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, blackcurrant, oak and again some rubber. Try with a few drops of water. Water brings candy syrup to the front. And apples, which brings me with the chocolate with orangettes. A lot more pleasant with water. Pretty long finish on chocolate, raisins, oak and spices (pepper and nutmeg). Without water it is through biting, with water it goes faster. But apart from that, I do not think this is the best batch. 81/100 http://onversneden.com/2014/01/27/abunadh-batch-no-46/

  23. ValeronDeportivo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A little simple, not as complex as other batches. No evolution.
    It is very sweet, but also the alcohol is present and sulphur is noticeable (but not too harsh).

    Certainly a weak batch, but drinkable for sure.

    Tasted side by side with batches 47 and 49.

  24. Whiskykoch scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      100 100

  25. fradin11 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. Wolv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I've had a couple of a'bunadh batches, including the previous batch #45, but this one is certainly not the best. Still a good whisky, but it is undeniably young and the alcohol is very present. Adding water didn't help much.
    • Nose
      Very sweet and sugary, but also lots of fruit. I'd call this part sherry bomb and part candy explosion. After the initial candy-esque start the nose gets a lot nuttier (and no, I don't mean crazy). Some light spices linger in the background, cloves and allspice.
    • Taste
      The first couple of second this whisky presents itself as smooth and buttery, but then the hits start coming. Very peppery and overwhelming. It tastes young and is a bit one-dimensional. Bitter oak, raisins, a bit sulphury.
    • Finish
      A bit underwhelming. Sour bitterness, oranges and spices. Medium-length.

  28. Igor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Perhaps not overly complex, this particular batch, still it is a proper sherry monster at the end of the day.
    Take smaller(!) sips - it can be pretty harsh if taking a mouthful of that neat. Be cautious! And try it with water.
    • Nose
      Buckwheat honey, cloves, allspice, stout/thick aroma, where dark sour-sweet berries rule the roost. Evidently tinged with bourbon-y note, cola, cherry bonbons, a tad mineral - yes, but nothing similar to a sulphureous odour, sooner a gingery one, sweet sticky caramel, american oak (restrained), lacks light vanillins, unless there are some deep dark ones though. Hints of cocoa powder, baked chocolate pudding, nuts pie/roasted peanuts, stewed cherries, cherry pie?, Cherry Blossom candy, chocolates with marmalade. When neat, hitting your nose fervently, but with a tolerable, reasonable fervency of a sturdy child.
      This'll take water well, pour a little (not much) water to it. So... hang on, now I'm nosing spicy rye, cherry compote, again those forest berries, rumtopf, more herbs (fern?), herbal potion/tincture, camomile tea?, soft wood (that inner tissue beneath the bark).
    • Taste
      Huge, full-bodied, as full as it gets, really. Oily, bitter oak, aha! - this is where sulphur has been hiding, pungency, acidity, sour oranges, alcohol/spirituous, very pungent indeed, peppery, liquorish, strong, hot, zest(y), rind of orange, orange pith, dry.
      With water: still remains quite full and oily, turns paler though, loses some oomph/expressiveness, mellows out as well, delicate lacquered oak emerging.
    • Finish
      Durable/prolonged, warming, slightly sulfuric, copper ore?, minerals.
      With water: saltier, mellower, organics prevails over minerality, slight bitter wood, hazelnut dark chocolate, tannins, bitter cherry, tingling lemon rind, lemon pith - bitter/drying sensation, saltiness.

  29. blondiehb did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      I also had the sulfur in my nose for a short time heavy dark fruits wort malt
    • Taste
      dry dried fruit Sweet wort With water, the alcohol takes a back seat and the fruit and sweetness go through really well.
    • Finish
      long and warm

  30. Taita scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Definately a real mouthfull of nice tastes, but I understand the comment below although I wont call it 'sulphury'
    • Nose
      Raisins, oranges, cognac, barley Sugar, stewed fruits, some leather
    • Taste
      Sweet cognac, oranges, raisins, herbs, pepper and leather in the end
    • Finish
      Herbs, pepper and leather, furniture polish

  31. z-imaging scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Step back from the batch 45, presence of the young whisky is too strong.

  32. nlsanand scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    This whisky provides exactly what it says it's gonna deliver, a huge blast of sherry. This is exactly what a sherried whisky should deliver.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  33. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  34. Kel116 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      91 91

  35. Brave Jester scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Third dram of my batch 46 and so far no real suphur or rubber found in taste or finish ( like in batch 29 which I had ) But still much more 1 dimensional then batch 39 of which I had 3 bottles so far.  I had my 3 drams not on full room temprature so maybe that helps to keep the sulphur and rubbery taste away?

  36. John Barleycorn scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  37. Willie JJ scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Another sulphured batch of A'Bunadh. Very disappointing.
    • Nose
      Orange barley sugar, rubbery, with notes of a distant tyre fire.
    • Taste
      Crunchy, sweet, gravy browning. Slightly winey. Rubbery and harsh.
    • Finish
      Spikey, bitter sweet, rubbery and slightly harsh.

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