Aberlour A'bunadh batch #47

Overall rating
87.70/100
votes
356
Whiskybase ID
WB50596
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 47
Strength
60.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
LKPG 4000
Barcode
5010739261523
Added on
12 jan 2014 4:47 pm by indyjones
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 164.60

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #47

69 users have left 77 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.70 points.

  1. Ben Bruikman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A beautiful dark amber whisky. This whisky is one for the advanced whisky drinker.
    • Nose
      88 88
      This whisky has clearly been on Oloroso barrels, you can smell spices, chocolates and also orange.
    • Taste
      89 89
      It is a powerful whisky that is good to drink, you taste fruit (orange ???? black currants and dried fruit, of course the sherry, wood and chocolate. Add some water and more fruit smells free and also a light smokiness.
    • Finish
      93 93
      The whisky has a firm and very long finish that is warm. You also taste the sherry, chocolate long after and you also taste honey.

  2. oleg.wx scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Tasted from 100ml sample for a week in different mood and day time. Very immature and sharp. Giving it forty minutes breath opens a solid sherry character, but still the whisky is young and immature. Peppery, woody, and of course very very sherried. Cannot say it is balanced it is just all sherry...
    How would i call it? "Sherry that bites" :)

  3. Finn2206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very well balanced dram! Lot’s of red fruit, cooked red fruits, oak, vanilla, very oily mouthfeel.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Chris_V_Swan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    It was a big surprise for me to find such an old batch of the notorious Aberlour A'bunadh on the shelf of my trusted local retailer.
    I could hardly believe my eyes. They are old stock. What joy!
    The last batch was too sweet and herbaceous. Barely 4 years old.
    A delivery of the current batch 71 just arrived in the shop, how appropriate. I held both bottles side by side and was just amazed. Likewise the specialist saleswoman. The current batch was about two shades lighter. I'm sitting here now at the second tasting of this sherry bolide.
    The honeymoon is over. Now it's getting serious.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The almost mahogany color makes the pulse beat faster. Strong streaks form on the inner wall of the glass. Streaks form very slowly. The whisky is almost viscous in the glass. The room is pregnant with the scent that emanates from the glass. There are heavy oak notes, an oriental spice level, slightly sulphurous raisins, a few nuts, which seem to me to be roasted peanuts, and a few Amarena cherries. You can smell a lot. More and more nuances are revealed.
    • Taste
      88 88
      First undiluted: powerful, mouth-filling, pleasantly peppery, nice dried fruit, the raisin is now more of a sultana, the peanuts from the nose turn out to be more like cashews in the mouth. Sweet and dry at the same time.
      Pleasant oak tones together with interesting spices form the transition to the finish.
      Now with a few drops of water:
      The nose becomes softer and sweeter. The spices give way to the ripe fruit.
      It becomes much much sweeter, the pleasant pepper is hardly perceptible, the finish corresponds to the description below, it actually gets a little longer with the addition of water. For me personally, water elicits even more aspects from whisky.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is of medium length. The glans comes more and more to the fore. From the rather sweet, the Aberlour develops in the direction of dry, spicy oak. At the very end, pleasant spices remain. Roasted cardamom with coriander and some cinnamon. Wonderful! Unfortunately a bit too short for this alcohol strength. Still a very good finish.

  6. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A'Bunadh is one of my favorites because of price/quality. I have had many yet and this batch 47 is very nice as usual. After a drop of water the nose got better to my opinion. Heavy sherry taste and a nice long finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Furosin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      sweet and fruity, sherry, wood, honey, dried fruits, cherries, spices, berries.
    • Taste
      sweet, slightly spicy, sherry, currant, raisins, honey, chocolate, nuts
    • Finish
      long, honey, chocolate

  8. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Whiskyfin scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Fruity and strong
    • Taste
      candied orange peel, hazelnut and mixed spices
    • Finish
      Long

  10. Finn2206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    True sherry bomb. Spicy, oaky, red fruit and dark chocolate

  11. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very clean and fruity on opening. Its raisins, cherries and red apples. A lovely cinnamon note, its a gentle spice without the alcohol so common to newer A'Bunadh.
      Some notes of cigars and old leather.
    • Taste
      Its definitely Aberlour sherry, cherries and raisins, cinnamon spice. Its on the younger side, not too much oak coming through, its definitely on the fruity side.
    • Finish
      Little oak coming through here, but still mostly on the cherry skins

  12. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Did this in a h-3-h with batch 49 en 52.
    This batch 47 is the most powerful (or unpolished) one, in nose and intensity. Batch 52 is more similar to the 47 in aroma's and flavours but more polished. Batch 49 is a bit different, more on the fruits and less leathery.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity, dark red fruit, prunes, leather as well. Alcoholcis pretty present, some shoepolish, later on it gets more vegetal, moisterous autumn forest, and spucy, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full, pepper, pretty intense, red fruits, leather, raspberries. Full taste, with some milk chocolate, and spicy again with cinnamon.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pretty smooth now, not that pickering anymore, yet still a full taste. Red fruits, berries, raspberry, drying mouthfeel, pretty long finish.

  13. Svjatogor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    n: sherry, citrus, lemon, dry, vine
    t: sherry, dry, dried berries, lingering
    a: sherry, spicy and bites a lot with good feeling

  14. 2791knarf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Cherry and raisin on the nose. Raspberry and vanilla tones when tasting. Medium long peppery finish.

  15. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2020] I liked both A'bunadh batches 49 and 54 a lot so I welcome this opportunity to try a sample of no. 47 too (thanks VVP)...

    ...which is another fine and flawless A'bunadh edition but still I like nos. 49 & 54 better. They simply offer more interesting aromas and flavours than this edition but with respect to pure drinking pleasure this one is (almost) on eye-level. By the way, not a single trace of sulphur.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers a bold and flawless modern sherry profile in the best tradition of the A'bunadh bottlings legacy. The sherry aromas are very strong but still there is some space for the Aberlour malt to shine through and the wood is appropriate in this context. The only thing missing is complexity but hey - this is young (underaged) stuff, where should any complexity come from?
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is sherry, sherry, sherry, wood, sherry, wood and some malt flavours. I would not call this balanced but the sherry is pretty nice and this dram is enjoyable to drink, so what to complain about? Easy drinking stuff, not more and not less... and it is greatly chewable when neat.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The dram arrives very hot on the palate with significant peppery and chili moments and an okayish (but not great) coating effect. The finish is medium to long and adds some notes of milk chocolate before it turns more bitter towards the end (now the wood takes control). Water smoothes both nose and taste but to be honest: I like the raw power of the neat dram better.

  16. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  17. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  18. ChrisE scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very strong in the beginning. I gave it time, aerated it for two hours and was greatly rewarded. Beautiful scent, chocolate, caramel, dried dark fruits, vanilla.... Nice, coating mouthfeel, chocolate, dark fruits coming back again, some pears and coffee as well. An exceptional dram, lightens up a rainy day in November.
    Great value for money!

  19. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and strong, dates, raisin, christmas cake, old leather, winter spices, furniture polish, chocolate, vanilla, oak cask notes on nose.

    Dried fruits, spices, pepper, dryness, green apples and chocolate notes on palate.

    Spices, chocolate, dryness, dust, vanilla, dried fruits notes on long finish. 

    It’s a real sherry bomb!

  20. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Take your time. Complex.
    • Nose
      Spicy aromas from the sherry, orange and cacao.
    • Taste
      Strong. Spicy notes with tones from fruit and oak.
    • Finish
      Very long aftertaste. Spicy, herby.

  22. Erwin 1971Y scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  23. 2791knarf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. jhut scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    24 June 2017
    • Nose
      Syrup, syrup potato. Very nice complex scents. Honey, dark fruit with blossom. Little wood influence
    • Taste
      Sweet, syrup. Complex development, little astringent feeling
    • Finish
      Delicious, great taste explosion. Very strong, fresh grass, very natural. No medicinal taste. With water even better, incredible how much goes in here

  25. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    I'm zwiegespalten, undiluted, he smells great, but I'm too strong to drink. Diluted I can drink it, but the special taste or smell is gone ...
    • Nose
      Class color, dark, appetizing. He smells fruity, sprightly, smells quince.
    • Taste
      A first small sip turns out to be a hammer, strong onset, it drives me the saliva in the mouth. The note now has vanilla, gets softer. I add a drop of water, the beautiful scent is gone, he now smells more like clove, gets spicier.

  26. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  27. Peaty_Nino scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  28. irrerelevant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    this malt is pure fun, amazing
    • Nose
      strong alcohol, wich disappears if you let the malt breathe for 30 minutes (adding water was not to my liking), cherry juice, fruity sherry, intense fruit tea, a touch of Vanilla, no trace of bitterness (was is it american oak?)
    • Taste
      super sweet and fruity, you'll find the nose to its full extent, again there's not a lot of oak and although it's NAS I dont find sharpness or youth
    • Finish
      long with those enormous fruity notes, dries just a litte

  29. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    A very fine batch. Lite sweetness (but not too sweet) with 65% chocolate without being too heavy. Nice layers of medium to dark fruit almost no heat on the noise or palate. Very nice and rewarding. Especially in December. 

    Edit; The sweet-spot on this is 10-14 days after opening and drink until its gone within 2 months
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    dark chocolate, raisins, figs, plums, nuts and spices. the promise you get from the nose is well kept with the first sip of it. fine finish, long and intense with all the aromas mingling. that is some nice Sherry Whisky!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Bishlouk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A profile "big Sherry" ultra classic, well consistent and tasty. Fans of the genre will appreciate. For my part, even if indeed many flavors that I appreciate are there, I find that the alcohol is too present and spoil a little pleasure. On this side, a good lichette of water calms its ardor, but also strongly softens the flavors.
    • Nose
      Very powerful, the alcohol takes to the nostrils. After they get used to it, raisin syrup, vanilla caramel, dried apricot, orangetta, blackcurrant, and sweet tobacco.
    • Taste
      Just as powerful, the 60% do not go unnoticed! Almond paste, burnt caramel, dry black grapes, Christmas spices, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      As the mouth is used to 60%, the final passes almost alone. Good big gingerbread, tobacco that resurfaces, accompanied by dry muesli.

  32. Waykid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    What a nice one! The familiar deep and strong young sherry notes, chocolate, dry date cake, christmas spices: cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg. Takes a lot of water and works wonders with a little highland mist. As soft, round and warm as it gets. Tasted after an amazing tasting of old OB Springbanks from the 70's-80's and this one had nothing to be ashamed of. Excellent! 

  33. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  34. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  35. Jan Francisco scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  36. massus scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. Dramned! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. Dramned! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    After the Batch 53 really got me excited, I set out to try earlier batches of A'bunadh as well. Because the aim of Aberlour is not to let the batches taste as similar as possible, but to grant them an individuality, which one would otherwise only find in real single cask bottlings.
    More supple and catchy is without question the batch 53. Since you have a wonderful sweetness from the beginning, the one around. You have to approach the Batch 47, there are obviously more old barrels in it, which give it a more complex basic tone of bitter oak notes and darker fruit, through which one must first taste. Overall, the Batch 47 is more exciting and challenging with more corners and edges, but to enjoy, Batch 53 offers more fruity-sweet volume and is simply rounder. 89/100
    • Nose
      It has immediately an extremely strong tart and spicy fruit, to light floral herbs, marzipan, the typical Amarena cherries, soaked dried fruit, strong oak tones, plum compote, spices such as cloves, cardamom. With little - really little! - Water is then added to a beautiful sweetness, which is to settle between caramel and brown cane sugar. The alcohol is no time to overeat.
    • Taste
      Where at Batch 53 a tremendous sweetness flatters the tongue, at full cask strength comes full spiciness combined with a great dark fruit. In the strong spiciness I discover even salty notes, and tannins tannins of old oak barrels give a nice antipole. With a little water, the sweetness comes along too, but it is much less prominent than at Batch 53. Spicy, dry fruit and nice tart notes are the main ingredients here.
    • Finish
      With a little water, the sweetness comes along too, but it is much less prominent than at Batch 53. Spicy, dry fruit and nice tart notes are the main ingredients here.

  39. ahroeen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  40. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Sherry bomb, very tasty. A bit of water makes him a bit milder.
    • Nose
      Dark red fruit, apple, orange, wood, caramel, sherry and a touch of glue.
    • Taste
      Sherry, a lot of sherry! Red fruit again but especially sweetened fruit. Caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate
    • Finish
      Forest fruits, caramel, chocolate, wood, dry and long.

  41. jankes scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  42. Sandman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    My notes from 15-9-2014
    • Nose
      Deep sherry tones, raisins, vanilla, hazelnut, orange, chocolate and forest fruit cake
    • Taste
      Forest fruits, pure chocolate, oak and little herbs
    • Finish
      Long, coffee, chocolate and bitterness of wood

  43. joep scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blind Imp Action

    Tip: I really like it. Also the third Impo of Speedo convinced. So far, a really nice selection. Could have had it before, but unfortunately I can not really grab a distillery.

    Single Cask from the Sherrytonne (probably First Fill). Not so old, probably 10-15. I'm typing on Edradour, although there's a special note to my name. Or a signatory bottling from the "flower vase" of a Speysider. Maybe Glenrothes too? But it lacks the "earthy and musty" ...
    • Nose
      Slightly cool, the alcohol is there. I asked Speedo to label> 50% bottlings. What he did in this case too. Thanks a lot for this!
      Cherry, slightly malty, dried fruit: figs and raisins, vanilla, a little coffee or roasted aroma and also a hint of black tea
    • Taste
      Mouth: very fruity and sweet. The alcohol is not as strong as expected. On the contrary: well integrated as I think. The cherries are confirmed. Refreshment sticks (the orange ones)!
      Christmas cookies, a little cinnamon and fruit cake
    • Finish
      slightly dry, medium long and a touch of oak remains

  45. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  46. pEpp0 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  47. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Rich fruity nose, with plenty of sherry notes to the fore (dark, stewed fruits etc) alongside lighter fruits (apple peel), roasted coffee beans and some nice nutty hints too. Also a hint of young spirit that the sherry can not fully mask. Rather dry and leathery on the palate, lacking some of the fruity sweetness I normally associate with heavily sherried whiskies. Again, hints of young spirit linger in the form of a slight roughness. Warming, medium-length finish, again with dry/leather notes lingering. A very nice dram but with slightly too many rough edges from the young spirit in the mix to give it a higher mark.

  48. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Amazingly complex for a young whisky. Light floral base combined with the extremities of sherry. Though its not too sweet (great bonus for me). Burnt grains, unripe fruits, almost high-end bourbon like dark aromas. 

    2015.06.

  49. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  50. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Slightly less strong in the alcohol punch than batch 49; something more woody too. Do I smell some orange?
    • Taste
      Heavy sherry whisky that stimulates the side of the tongue. There is a fresh fruity (orange) touch to the whisky. Beautiful in balance with the wood tones.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warm, initially in the back of the palate; later also stimulation at the bottom of the tongue.

  51. Maczet scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  52. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:Aberlour 'A'bunadh' batch #47 (60.7%, OB, 2014) We had left A’bunadh at batch #45 (WF 87). Colour: amber. Nose: the usual whiffs of fresh varnish (almost glue) that are soon to go away, and then an oloroso-ed avalanche of dried fruits on a rather mineral backbone (limestone). Figs, raisins, dates, prunes, then vanilla fudge, toffee, butterscotch, brioche and  croissants, then pipe tobacco, and just wee whiffs of ‘old wine cellar’. You cannot be against all this. With water: perfect development. Cigars, soy sauce, humidor, earthy tea, old leather (horse saddle), hay… Yup, perfect. Mouth (neat): firstly kirsch and maraschino, with an almondy touch, then the very same dried fruits as in the nose, only a little rougher, like in a young eau-de-vie. That’s right, kirsch. Burns a bit, but nothing abnormal. I mean, unusual. With water:  a creamy honeyness, are rather less leathery/tertiary notes than in the nose when diluted. Rather more liquorice. Finish: long, balanced, on black fruitcake. Marmalade in the aftertaste. Comments: A’bunadh remains a star. Sur we need no age statements when the whisky’s this good and when they actually do add a fair proportion of older whiskies to their vatting. SGP:561 – 89 points.

  53. Thomas Gaudreau did not rate this whisky Newbie

    I find it hard not to love this whisky.  It's tasty, full of flavor, and sold at an almost more-than-reasonable price where I live.  Dense and delicious.  Great value for money!
    • Nose
      Baking spices with a dark sweetness (gingerbread-like, perhaps?) and sour red fruits.  Some dusty flour and a slight musky savoriness.  Among my favorite noses in whisky so far (as long as I don't over-water it)
    • Taste
      The notes from the nose pretty much apply here...  This actually seems more closely related to some bourbons than some single malts (can I say that?).  On the flavor spectrum, certainly closer to Booker's than Glenmorangie Original to me.  A bit too hot at the bottled strength (not meant as a criticism; it's 60.7% ABV, for dang's sake!)
    • Finish
      Sour red fruit, some sweetness

  54. whiskymonkey did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    For a good reason this one is often referred to as a sherry bomb. Quite spirity, sweet sherry explosion, with lots of fruits. But... as most bombs, it's not most refined. A bit too sweet and the cask strength is felt more than in other whiskies. Surprisingly, water doesn't help imo, with water, it actually gets less complex and a bit too oaky. Nevertheless, definitely a bang for the buck for connoisseurs of sherried whiskies. But when spending a bit more money, e.g. the older cask strength Glendronachs provide a more balanced and complex experience.

  55. mrbugsb scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  56. dicembre29 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour a’bunadh (Batch 47)

    60.7% abv

    Score: 88.5/100

    A’bunadh is my ‘slipper’ malt. When I’m cold…this is what I curl up with. When I have a cold…this is what soothes. When I’ve had a shitty day and am just hoping for comfort and familiarity…this is where I turn. When I’m simply craving a damn good ‘suits any occasion’ kind of whisky…this is nearly always the one I turn to. It’s as comfortable and welcome as the best pair of soft worn-in slippers. Honestly.

    I recall an incident that happened in the dead of winter a few years back while I was on my way home from work. My bus had been slipping and sliding all over the roads in an absolutely horrendous blizzard. It finally gave up the ghost on a hill about eight or ten blocks from my house, slipping back in the slush and muck to rest horizonally across both lanes, effectively blocking the entire street. It was dinner time, almost dead-of-night dark and the snow was flying in thick sheets; creating a virtual wall of snow. The driver opened the doors and offered to let us walk if we preferred, so as not to wait for a tow (nice fella, that one). Indeterminate wait for the possibility of rescue vs the frigid December hoolie. What would you choose?

    Well…that 15 minute walk in -25C weather…in snow up to my knees…in dress shoes and good clothes…was one of the most miserable experiences of my entire life. Interestingly enough though, what lingers more than the memory of numb extremities, frozen eyelashes and aching ears, is the thought of finally trudging up my drive, shaking off the snow on the front steps and heading straight for the front of the fire place with a Glencairn glass half full of a’bunadh. Canadian winters. Beautiful misery.

    By now a’bunadh should be no mystery to most of you. If it is, however, please browse some of the previous reviews here on the site. Suffice it to say, this is a big and bruising cask strength Oloroso sherry bomb. Small-batch released. Almost always incredible. And…a personal favorite. After a less than stellar Batch 46, it’s nice to see Aberlour back on top with this Batch 47.

    Nose: Moist cigar, or maybe a walk-in humidor. Cherry liqueur. Mincemeat tarts. Some shortbread behind all of the spices and savoury notes. Cinnamon bun dough. A very pleasant toasted (almost burnt) marshmallow note. The wood is a little louder than expected. Brings a little more complexity, and ‘seriousness’ than I expect in the rowdy a’bunadh (if that makes sense). No shoddy casks buried in here.

    Palate: Beautiful sweet, caramel fruity delivery. Deep, dark dried fruits. Orange zest. Dark caramel. Roman nougat. Maraschino. Toasted pie crust. Baked apples with cinnamon and nutmeg. Brown sugar. Fruit cake. Figs. Charred woods. Apple skins. Leather. And FRUIT leather.

    Thoughts: Great balance here. Nice sweet ride all the way through. There is plenty of this batch still available on the shelves locally (Calgary) for those who are interested. I’ll be nabbing another, as mine is now down to the bottom half a bottle.

    http://www.allthingswhisky.com/?cat=95

     

     

  57. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    http://www.worldwhiskybase.pl/a/40-aberlour/654-aberlour-a-bunadh-batch-47-60_70.html
    • Nose
      8,9 Mocno wiśniowa z nutą wanilii, orzecha, toffi, miodu, mięty, goździka i dębu z odrobiną słodu jęczmiennego.
    • Taste
      8,8 Delikatnie pikantna z nutami wiśni, moreli, cynamonu i białego pieprzu z odrobiną słonych orzechów z akcentem agrestu.
    • Finish
      8,8 Długi, ciepły z nutami imbiru i czarnego pieprzu z akcentem wiśni, mięty, wanilii oraz gorzkiej ciemnej czekolady.

  58. Glenfarclas1887 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  59. Alex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Re-tasting after several months:

    Lots of sweet fruity sherry, punchy and quite complex. Neat maybe a bit too spiriiy, but opens up beautiful with a few drops of water. Nice, compact mouthfeel, very yummy, maybe a bit on the sweet side, but nicely balanced with lots of fruits. For sure a big bang for your bucks, superb value!

  60. irrerelevant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    nose Violent alcohol, (helping to keep the malt covered for half an hour, I did not really find it helpful ...) Cherry juice, fruity sherry, very intense, fruit tea, some vanilla taste really sweet and fruity, with all the sherry, cherries and fruit tea is surprisingly little oak, but young or old, he does not look at all, vanilla is also there
    leaving gets slightly dry, the fruit notes remain
    great malt! Sherry, fruitiness, sweetness and vanilla, intense. The assumption is obvious that here many sherry barrels were used American oak (because of low bitterness and vanilla)

  61. Matt80 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic whisky. Water definitely amplified my enjoyment.
    • Nose
      Sweet sherry is very prominent and then orange, nuts and spice come through.
    • Taste
      Consistent with the nose as sherry is most prominent and then orange and spice come through along with dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long spicy finish with the dark chocolate lingering.

  62. ValeronDeportivo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, mouth coating, and chewy.
    Plenty of sweet red fruits, strawberries and cherries, and great nuttiness with a touch of damp earth. Nice, complex, and rather smooth finish considering the strength.

    A good batch.

    Tasted side by side with batches 46 and 49

  63. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  64. taldish scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      92 92

  65. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Super rqp
    • Nose
      Sherry à mort!
    • Taste
      Puissant mais alcool maitrisé
    • Finish
      Long

  66. Tomh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  67. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the last preceding batch in my collection, #44, this one makes a darker / treaclier impression again. 88/89.
    • Nose
      Dark cherry, raisin, prune, mocha, blackberry, pepper, apple, vanilla, cranberry, gingerbread, brown sugar and a little whiff of eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      Raisin, mocha, dark cherry, prune, cranberry, orange, dark chocolate, apple syrup and cranberry. With water more prominent oak.
    • Finish
      Dark cherry, mocha, raisin, prune, apple syrup, orange, pepper and just a little mint.

  68. I_SPEY scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: mahoganyish!

    Nose: notes of sherry,wood,vanilla,oranges, malty mince pies, wood polish, hazelnut, soaked raisins and chocolate! 

    Taste: syruped caramel, "spicy" apple, pepper, oranges, some ginger, unrefined brown cane sugar - quite spicy, rather oakyish(I like it!). And my favourite vanilla, of course!

    Finish: subtle, long lasting apple peel, some coffee and a subtle chocolate "hint"!

    Real good whisky!

  69. webdiver scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  70. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Another one off the wishlist and it was everything I had heard and everything I expected it to be. I tried it straight, with whisky stones, with a drop of water and a bit of ice, all wonderful experiences. This has to be a must for your seasoned whisky drinker. This is in the 101 and the 1001 whiskies you must try before you die and well deserved.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  71. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    A fantastic whisky and an Easter present off my wife.
    • Nose
      A thick strong and wonderful nose of black forest fruits, vanilla, sarsaparilla, strawberry jam, baked beans and custard.
    • Taste
      Full bodied and thick and fruity. Nice and sweet with rhubarb and custard and summer fruit pudding.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, woody, astringent coating of the mouth with Strawberry jam on toast and raisins at the death.

  72. wbarchive_424758 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  73. Alex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Punchy sherry monster with just enough fruits for a great balance. I prefer it without water to keep the fun

  74. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Real intensity in alcohol and flavour, sherried raisins, vanillas, rosemary, mint, dark cherries, cherry syrup, cinnamon and sugared baked apples, leather, emulsion, ripe bananas.

    T: A pot puree of tinctures and extracts, high potency in alcohol and flavour, stewed plum syrup, rum and raisin fudge, black bananas, aniseed, emulsion, cloves

    F: Toffee. creamy vanilla and sage. Chalky, milky texture on the finish.

    C: Im not a fan of Aberlour in general but the A’bunadh is an exception to the distilleries output. Batch 47 isn’t a complicated malt and its not very refined, but its simply packed full of potent moreishness and scarily drinkable.

    Scores a B+

  75. mneme scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Great malt with a great price / performance ratio ... No easy-drinking whisky ...
    • Nose
      Sherry, fruit, caramel, vanilla ...

      Incredibly strong .. great!
    • Taste
      Strong dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, spices that remind of Christmas
    • Finish
      Long, pleasantly warm finish ...

  76. Alex Blank scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  77. Stenface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

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