Aberlour A'bunadh batch #50

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Oloroso Sherry Butts
Batch 50
59.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
11 Dec 2014 6:20 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 69.52

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256 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #50

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.53 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sweet, cooked fruit, leather, warm bread, the nose evolves on prunes and intense sherry. On the palate, intense, very intense, with a little chocolate and a finish that evokes blackberry. A first addition of water brings the chocolate up to the nose. A second addition of water - yes, I am a rebel - gives the nose an interesting mix of fresh fruit and ripe fruit, with milk chocolate. The palate is now sweet, velvety, on sherry, not so spicy. Large and long finish.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Another good A'bunadh, I recommend to all lovers of sherry, definitely; the bottle ends, it's time to order a fresh batch.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, slightly alcoholic, bitter chocolate, dried fruits - dried apricots, prunes, spicy wood, toffee, boiled condensed milk, dried mushrooms, caramel, pu er.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, sweet, with a tart oak shade, dried fruits, light metallic acidity, prunes, cocoa, cola, black pepper, candied ginger.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, burnt crackers, burnt caramel, sweet notes of dried fruit, ginger, red pepper, velvet beer.

  3. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    complex and cool
    needs water!
    man one man. The A'bunadhs are just great
    • Nose
      dark caramel, sherry, old wood, red fruit, slightly musty, the alcohol is pricking
      with water: wood notes become stronger, leather, licorice, plum
    • Taste
      oily and soft on the palate
      Raisins are increasing, slightly oak, sweet, spicy, spicy from alcohol, sherry, red fruit, old wood is getting stronger, coffee, dark chocolate
      with water: nutty, roasted aromas, dark Schoki becomes stronger
    • Finish
      Oak is increasing, sherry, bitter
      with water: slightly gum, espresso, bitter

  4. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The usual good A'bunadh quality, though in strength and complexity is a bit behind the others.
    • Nose
      Big sherry, orange peel, oak, honey, prune, prunes, rum raisin.
    • Taste
      Toffee, oak, spices. Pepper and tobacco. Orange and prune.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, spicy.

  5. Obviousz scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    If you like sherry whiskies there's no way you can skip this one. It's an amazing sherry monster at a very reasonable price. You do need to take your time to figure out how much water you need. For me personally I tend to use a lot of water, 3+ teaspoons at least. This does change the way the whisky looks. I admit it doesn't look very tasty because the water makes it very cloudy and the sherry color turns brownish. Don't let this discourage you tho it tastes amazing and the fact that it turns this cloudy means that it's definitely not chill-filtered.
    • Nose
      Neat: Sweet and aromatic with alot of fruit but very spirit'ish due to the high abv. 

      With water: This whisky can take A LOT of water. With water it gets sweeter and sweeter, with like 40% water is becomes really sweet and candy like. Tons of red fruit, caramel, sherry, touch of ginger.
    • Taste
      Neat: You sense there's a lot in there, again sweet and fruity, but the high abv just hides most of it.

      With water: A true sherry bomb in the best sense of the word. This dram is a real explosion of dried red fruits, sherry, caramel and plenty of oak to compensate all this sherry creating a nice balance.
    • Finish
      Long full sweet and lingering. This dram lasts for quite a while and is very pleasant.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Seems like this batch is composed of quite some young whisky. Its quality is considerably less than the more fudgy preceding batch. 85/86.
    • Nose
      Mocha, dried cranberry, cherry, orange, toffee, pepper and curry. Not quite as aromatic as I'm used to from earlier batches. After some time also a bit of tobacco, which is a plus. With water more toffee and a little peach.
    • Taste
      Pretty harsh, not quite as smooth as other batches. Quite spicy as well. Cranberry and caramel. Alcohol, which may seem rather obvious, but I rarely actually taste the alcohol in whisky. Water adds orange and mint, the spiciness remains.
    • Finish
      Cranberry, caramel and coffee.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: No need for water just yet as its positively polite just as it is. First up is the clean sherry varnish but the more I nose, the more it's crying for water to unlock it from its restraints. The underlying maltiness gives the grain prominence over the casks and theres actually rather less wood than I would like. Frustratingly it’s not unlocking nor showing much complexity, but the cleaness of the dram is impressive enough. An hour later and nothing has changed.
    T: There are those vivid raisins, so indicative of this expression. Its complexity, if there is much is rather bound with the spirit just now. 
    With water theres creamy coconut moving to darkish chocolate that sings true. Its quite peppery and then more so with clean malty raisins, varnish notes and a touch buttery, with the grain shining once again. After an hour that sweet spot is quite something, and that moment is carrying the whole expression.
    F: Toffee and vanilla, chocolate oranges, plums and a little sweet potato. The finish stretches out nicely with soft vanillas the last to fade.
    C: Smells and tastes younger than previous batches or am I simply getting older? Clean it maybe with a lovely sweet spot at the front end of the palate but it's not enough to impress as greatly as previous batches. Its still good mind but a bit dull.

    Scores a B[-]

  8. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Ostap scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Slightly extreme in taste at full strength. Such a man's whisky. The aroma is deceptive, for sweet tooth. A small sample is enough for completeness of impressions.
    • Nose
      Fruit jelly, custard, apple and quince jam, milk chocolate, dogwood, very juicy and appetizing sourness, noticeably sherry (dessert sherry), coffee with cognac, sweet tobacco, grape pulp, raisins. As it warms up, the ethereal paint, citrus peel, waffles, dried apricots and cherry drying appear.
    • Taste
      Big, powerful (what a deceptive aroma ...), juicy, frankly degree, burns, citrus, meat, dry, raisins.
    • Finish
      Dry, quite long, juicy, dessert, meat, hot, mint notes, tart, berry.

  10. 2791knarf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Cherry and raisin on the nose. Raspberry, chocolate and vanilla tones when tasting. Medium long woody finish.


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