Aberlour A'bunadh batch #50

Overall rating
86.52/100
votes
267
Whiskybase ID
WB62228
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 50
Strength
59.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010739261523
Added on
11 dec 2014 6:20 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 186.35

23 × in wishlist

267 × member ratings

657 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #50

41 users have left 49 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.52 points.

  1. hzs275 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. bankimate scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  3. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. 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.

  5. 2791knarf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The whisky delivers as a true sherry bomb, but has a refined and very nice praliné characte at the same time. It swims well with water, although it never loses it's sharp slightly immature edge .
    • Nose
      88 88
      This screams Belgian praline chocolate! Accompanied by sweet vanille, cherries, coffee, mint herbs and a whiff of tobacco.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Vanilla, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, raisins and orange. Still a bit sharp and peppery, even when water is added.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Milk chocolate with citrus fruits and sour cherries ending more 'dry' and nutty with just a whiff of smoke.

  7. hans1971 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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
      long
      Oak is increasing, sherry, bitter
      with water: slightly gum, espresso, bitter

  10. McMoulis scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  11. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Round. Oranges, caramel, hazelnut and some cinnamon. Milk chocolate. Pickled cherries, a dash of vanilla.
    • Taste
      Sweet. Cherry candies, lemon cake, fresh waffles with vanilla sugar. Peeled almonds. White pepper and a touch of vodka lemon.

  12. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Falnor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 2791knarf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. 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.

  16. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. Ganga scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Add water if you must.  This is good stuff.  It has a slight rubber note but it is light enough.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    add lots of red fruits, chocolate, nuts, oranges and a hint of coffee together... mix this in a load of alcohol and give it some sweet goodness. and yes. you have an a'bunadh. And yes, i like them, they offer an excellent bang for your buck
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Ganga scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I've always been a fan of the a'bunadh.  Some batches not as much as others.  This is neither among the elite nor the stinkers.  There are some sulfur notes in there but they don't bother me but if you are sensitive....
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very solid!
    • Nose
      More modern-styled than some versions I had before. More dunnage warehouse, more oak, but still enough trademark orange fruitiness. Later, it gets sugared with dried fruit, honey, and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Oaky, but just before the edge of becoming too dominant. Further, there is still plenty of orange, milk chocolate, tobacco, prunes and cinnamon. Later, pepper kicks in as a prelude to the finish.
    • Finish
      Mild, with soft spices (the pepper isn't that harsh as might be suspected), dried fruit, polished wood and medium dark chocolate.

  21. 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

  22. yggr scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My 1st A'Bunadh, I had heard a lot of good but I think this batch is far from the best. My disappointment is great!
    • Nose
      Very powerful, very "alcoholic" then come after a few minutes spices and dried fruits and grapes.
    • Taste
      Too powerful for my taste, the flavors are absorbed by this power ... unfortunately ... behind that we still distinguish dried fruits, spices and caramel.
    • Finish
      A long finish and not very nice .... the oak is there but really not appreciable ....

  24. Lucky28 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Delicious sweet dram, toffee, vanilla and something spicy
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. Koalafant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A really great malt ... balanced but complex and not boring at all. One always discovers new background notes especially in the nose. (90/100)
    • Nose
      Very strong sherry notes of dates, dried figs, almonds and cocoa peel with a little clove and cinnamon. Over time, the flavor spectrum will become more complex.
    • Taste
      Strong, slightly alcoholic onset. Again figs and dates as well as dark chocolate. Later also eune light coffee notes and tanninine.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet and bitter

  26. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    so far the most interesting Aberlour for me. The cask strength offers room to play and more variability than the normal bottlings. Better with water than pure.
    • Nose
      Lots of sherry and sweet fruits. The alcohol pushes vigorously and tingles a bit in the nose. Smells oily sweet and forms corresponding pronounced noses in the glass. With a bit of water, the fruit notes in the nose slip a little more towards citrus. He gets a little fresher. But also a little spicier. You can smell the barrels more.
    • Taste
      oily and creamy due to the high alcohol content. Stimulates the salivation accordingly. The alcohol is noticeable but well integrated. Nice sweet. Less fruity than in the nose. On the back palate, light oak tones and a touch of dark chocolate rise. On the tongue, it is surprisingly after the addition of water and a little warmer and spicy! He also stays longer.
    • Finish
      Rather short. He's probably still young after all. At least under 10 years.

  27. iLaddie scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    If your not used to heavy influence of rich tastes then this whisky will take some getting used to. Ones your get to know if the palate will adjust to give you al kinds of tastes you will not find in other drams. For now I'm getting to know it and this is resulting in a rating thAt will go up over time I'm sure
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      83 83

  28. domani scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A strong, full-bodied single malt which, despite its strength, is mild and aromatic on the palate and lingers for a long time without wanting to give way. Very good - 09.04.2016
    • Nose
      Delivers a rich, deep, sweet and fruity bouquet from the Oloroso barrel, dried fruit, raisins, plums, brioche, dark cherries, tobacco, forest honey
    • Taste
      Powerful, oily, creamy, sweet, full, ripe plums, dark cherries, berries, pickled fruits, even without water very harmonious and balanced
    • Finish
      Lang

  29. Obviousz scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  30. 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.

  31. ahroeen scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  32. Davidveen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Tasted in comparison with batch 49 and 52.

    Less complex nose, less sweetness than the other 2 batches. It's more mellowed down.

    Some apple and oranges on the palate, together with the chocolate and raisins. The finish is fairly short with a lemon bitterness.

    This is clearly the the less interesting one of the three I tasted so far.

  33. pelle86 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Have also tasted the Batch No. 49. The differences are astonishing. Batch No. 49 is far more creamy with an even longer finish and after-taste. I would prefer Batch No. 49 because it's more intense with a stronger flavour. Would give more points to the Batch No. 49 as well.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. ScottFrench scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I enjoyed a lot of previous batches. But we must face the facts, I was disappointed by this version. The nose promises power and greed, but we end up with a significant imbalance, leaving too much room for wood and tannic notes. It's a shame because the sweet notes of the nose let predict something interesting ...
    • Nose
      it is, let's say it immediately, very powerful. Alcohol explodes on your nose. A little opening will do him the greatest good. First of all, there are notes of solvent and varnish, typical for this type of whisky aged in Oloroso Sherry casks. Then come more gourmet notes, spice cake (cinnamon, turmeric), honey, raisin, gooseberry and candied orange. With water, the sweet and greedy side is even more present.
    • Taste
      the olfactory power is transformed here into a steamroller that sweeps everything in its path. It is much too powerful and it is quite poor in the state. The solvent notes are very present, accompanied by tannic notes, dry and not very pleasant leather. The gourmet and fruity side is present, with honey, currant jam, almonds, oranges candied, but unfortunately it is completely crushed by the power of whisky. There are also some notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel ... Unlike the nose, the water does not arrange things too much here. It's always dry and spicy. Pity !
    • Finish
      obviously very intense and long, but with notes of wood and spices ...

  35. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Aberlour always good. A'bunadh always a winner. Don't ask how they do it, just enjoy that they do it. This particular batch needs more time in the glass, and surprisingly less water.
    • Nose
      w/o water - Red wine. Bay leaf. Ripe fruits. Fruit basket. Apple, Pear, Tangarine, Orange, Icing sugar.
      w/ water - swetter. Over-ripe fruits. Sweet tangerine, oranges. Menthol / freshmints. Cookies.
    • Taste
      w/o water - sweet, syup arrival. Hot chili/ginger development with liquorice, tangarines and oranges.
      w/ water - undefined sweet arrival. Development of sweet lemon with liquorice and peppercorns.
    • Finish
      Long, very long, savoury, citrussy finish.

  36. 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.

  37. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    2 great whiskys at a fair price, as usual with a'bunadh, the 44 liked me personally a little better. (44 - remainder from about 1 year open bottle, 50 - fresh opened)
    • Nose
      Direct Comparison Batch 44 vs: Batch 50:
      both very strong (get some water), spicy, a lot of oak, earthy, 44 a little sharper, cinnamon, juicy red berries, 50 closed, then sweeter, more dried fruit, gingerbread ... after a long time both show light acidity
    • Taste
      both strong and full-bodied, dark-sweet, molasses, sugar beet syrup, dark chocolate, 44 dark, bitter, but also tart, dark fruit notes (redcurrant, plum jam), tobacco, 50 appears creamier and milder overall (also nougat, toffee, Latte)
    • Finish
      both long, bittersweet, cocoa, pepper, 44 a little spicier, 50 a bit creamier

  38. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: strong, sherry, spices, ginger
    Taste: dark fruits, sherry, oak
    Finish: long, bitter, dry, oak

  39. euzlpz scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    I just opened my 2nd bottle-- it's completely different than the 1st...and much, much worse! The color is not even the same, and it's smells and tastes like vomit. I can't imagine anyone counterfeiting such a cheap bottle so what is going on here?? I've noticed differences between dumps before but not like this-- this is total garbage, honestly, it tastes like butyric acid. Entirely undrinkable AND unblendable. Shame on Aberlour! MAJOR Q.C. issues...ugh...

    This "batch" obviously saw more than one dump-- the color of the 1st bottle I got was a very deep reddish amber...this one is more of a golden fossil amber, as seen in the picture.

    Score for this BOTTLING: ...how does one score an undrinkable whisky? I'm not used to encountering such a thing....hmmn, I don't know, 17? I'd sooner have a pour of cheap Canadian whisky that is loaded with artificial color that can easily be tasted than another glass of this...ugh...very nasty stuff.

  40. Betsie scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  41. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fifty. Five tens. Two twenty-fives. Half of a hundred. However you put it, that's a heck of a lot of well Sherried single malts from Aberlour's excellent a'Bunadh series. Batch 50 is another great edition, with a sturdy ABV (59.6% for this batch) and oodles of spice and dark fruit notes after being matured in Oloroso Sherry butts.

  42. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, mint, pralines. Oak.
    • Taste
      Very rich, and creamy. Cherries. Ginger.
    • Finish
      Nougat, cherry-brandy, ginger, fragrant smoke.

  43. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      90 90

  44. euzlpz scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Nose of very, very young sherry made from P.X. grapes-- the casks of which are much cheaper and more readily available than older sherry casks, and the resulting imparts are those of young P.X. sherry and are far less complex. I'm bored to death with this one...Rich butter toffee after it breathes...a bit of earthy chocolate and coffee, dried fruits, spices bla bla bla-- JUST WAY TOO YOUNG! (The sherry, mainly)...pleasant but boring. Does need a good amount of water to unpeel it's layers (even young P.X. sherry is complex and lovely)-- just not nearly as much as older stuff-- and it doesn't have to be THAT old! ...sigh* another example of cutting costs/boosting profits and shamelessly using US ALL to market test it to see if they can get away with it.

    Consistent with the Abunad'h expressions, the body is big-- and the mouth feel commands respect...However, that alone doesn't save it...I'll be blending my other bottle, this just isn't a very good batch, IMHO.

    Now the old Macallan 10 CS, and unnumbered Abunad'hs (and some earlier numbered batches)...those sure were beauties! Young can be good-- but it's not here, IMHO...at the very least, certainly not great.

    If you've heard the expression "the new style of sherry" regarding Scotch...yeah-- this is it-- at a low point. My unbiased score is a 70...not 1 point higher than "average/enjoyable" on my scale.

  45. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 69 points Member Senior

    Aberlour A'bunadh batch # 50 Tasted 2015-10-30 @ Tobi: N sherry and not otherwise, be sure to add water
    G very powerful, wide voluminous spicy Sherrynote
    69

  46. 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[-]

  47. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      80 80

  48. webdiver scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  49. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Bottler's Tasting Notes:

    Nose: Aromas of mixed spices, praline and spiced orange harmonising with rich, deep notes of Oloroso sherry.

    Palate: Orange, black cherries, dried fruit and ginger spiked with dark bitter chocolate and enriched with sherry and oak. Full bodied and creamy.

    Finish: Robust and intense with bitter-sweet notes of exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak.

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