Aberlour A'bunadh batch #49

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Sherry Butts
Batch 49
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LKPH 2400
Added on
04 Sep 2014 10:04 am by indyjones
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 164.78

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #49

89 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.85 points

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Did this one in a h-3-h with batch 47 en 52. This 49 is the smoothest, more on fruits and less on leather. Also more floral than the others, and although quite similar, the best of the three.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity, red fruits, raspberry, also some floral elements, later on some slight hints of leather, but also washing powder. Only a little alcohol, also some orange.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Surprisingly smooth, full taste, only a little tingling. Floral, light red fruits, berries, raspberry. Some orange and honey as well.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A lot of blue berries now, smooth. Full taste, long finish. A bit drying mouthfeel.

  2. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    One of the better casks of this new, less sherry-heavy, style of a'bunadh. Well put together, great sweetness and no off notes among the always powerful abv. Works well with water, becomes creamier and more pleasant (and I won't water down all a'bunadh just b/c of abv., some work better at full strength for me!). All in all this batch is miles better than the dreaded batch 40. Bravo!

  3. Whisky101 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A really interesting dram and one that changes over time if you let it open up. It is quite a complex dram but you have to spend time with it and really search into the depths of what it has to offer. 

    If you love a sherry whisky, then you love Abunadh. 
    • Nose
      Be careful with the strength, as the nose is very lively. Dried fruits, candied fruits, nuts, grassy notes oils and old wood.
    • Taste
      Chocolate, nuttiness and fruit cake. The sweetness from cooked fruit (stewed plums or maybe prunes). This can take a lot of water. The water brings out the wood notes, oranges and enhances the sherry hit.
    • Finish
      Even with a lot of water, the finish is long and sherry all the way!

  4. Davidveen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Tasted in comparison with batches 50 and 52, where this was my favorite. Just a little better than batch 52, but far better than 50.

    Sweet sherry and cherries (dark fruits) on the nose. Together with hints of lemon, raisins and leather.

    On the palate a full thick balanced dark body with chocolate and oranges.

    The finish is medium long with a little bitter note from the chocolate, but in a good way.

  5. dicembre29 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour a’bunadh (Batch 49)

    60.1% abv

    Score: 89.5/100

    These a’bunadh write-ups are some of the most popular reviews on the site, so while to some it may seem almost like overkill to keep knocking out batch after batch of ’em, we’ll keep doing it as long as people want to read.

    It also doesn’t hurt that they’re tasty beverages, and that sitting down for review sessions with these Aberlours is far from ‘homework’.

    Each time I settle in to score up a new a’bunadh I generally try to taste at least two or three different batches side by side. It helps the subtleties take on a more pronounced difference, and ensures that the scores are kept in line with one another to a degree. Let’s face it: these are very much just tiny variations on a theme. A point of comparison helps keep the reviews on the up-and-up.

    Batch 49 is a little bit of a black sheep from recent versions I’ve tried. Seems to me to be much softer of a dram. Perhaps we’re looking at more refill butts vatted into this one. Not sure. What I can say, however, is that the rather biting acerbic profile that has characterized the past handful of batches I’ve tried seems to have been softened here. To great effect.

    Hard to believe we’re already at Batch 49, but so seems to be the case.

    Nose: We’re back into the more fruity side of a’bunadh here. The last batch I tried was 47. That had some more savoury notes. Here we have deeper red jams and dusty, dunnage warehouse. More floral notes than normally found in a’bunadh. Maraschino-rich fruitcake (a bit a tasting note cheat, I know, but true nonetheless). Cinnamon and a touch of mint. Well worn leather. A little almond. Baked apple. Dark wine gums.

    Palate: Nice delivery here. Sweeter than that B47 I mentioned, and lacking all of the bittering notes. Ooey, gooey fruits sauce or spoonfuls of mixed berry jam. Ever use your teeth to pull off leather gloves? Y’know that leathery flavour that lingers? Yep…that’s what I’m getting at. Baked apple with rich spices. Quite plummy and tangy. Juicy and mouthwatering throughout.

    Thoughts: Gotta be honest. This is a’bunadh…but it’s not. The florals are a surprise. As is the relative softness. Especially in contrast with the asskicking abv. More restrained and simple than I’m accustomed to with this malt, but absolutely no less wonderful for it. And no matter what impression you get here, make no mistake. This is big fucking whisky.




  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sherry!!! loads of sweetness in here. Chocolate and vanilla. Very full smell. Some coriander, nutmeg and garam masala. Hint of cirtus.
    The smell is very nice!

    Initial taste: Bombastique, sherry, wood, chocolate. Deep brown sugar. Nutmeg, candied orangepeel.

    Body: big robust.

    Finish: longstanding thick layer of sherry infused orange. very nice, some five spices after a while too. but fades a bit quickly.

    Price: excellent!

    Presentation: Quite decent.

    Comments: a 100% buy if you see! absolute great. and a 100% proof that some whisky's really improve with water!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I like this one a little better than the previous batch I've got open, #44. Their profiles are very similar though.
    • Nose
      Very fruity right from the start, like rose hip. Rose hip tea even. Cranberry, toffee, orange, pepper and a little yellow raisin. With water the toffee gets stronger.
    • Taste
      Heavy toffee or fudge. Again rose hip. Pepper, cranberry, mocha and orange.
    • Finish
      Toffee, mocha, pepper, rose hip and cranberry.

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Petrenko scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior


  10. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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