Aberlour A'bunadh batch #53

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Sherry Butts
59.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
02 Nov 2015 10:04 am by arnaud89
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 128,27

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #53

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.03 points

  1. thomasflsts scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good? Yes. Decent value for money? Totally. However, this is not for the faint-hearted. Strong-willed and quite aggressive.
    • Nose
      Extremely sweet (cotton candy, marzipan), but there's a slight tartness as well. Also, plenty of cocoa powder, followed by some bung cloth. A hint of charred orange peel and rum-soaked raisins.
    • Taste
      Spicy (black and chili pepper), and with a fair amount of new oak as well, yet sweet. Orange juice, chocolate and raisins.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, and finally some sweetness again. Long.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Got a sample from a friend.

    Had it neat, found it great.

    Full sherry flavour, very complex on both nose and taste.

    Robust, heavy, very present and takes charge of your senses..


  4. Seanzhang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great, intense A # Bunadh, great batch,
    very dark [color] copper to mahogany;
    Price-performance = top!
    • Nose
      heavy dark fruit (berries, dates), tobacco, seasoning, oak;
    • Taste
      with water: strong, spicy, voluminous, dark honey, sherry, nuts, dates, blood oranges, tobacco, spices, a lot of oak, complex;
    • Finish
      long, spicy, dark chocolate, oak, astringent;

  6. athelstan scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    I now understand why A'bunadh tastes so good to so many. A first-class sherry board. Without water, it can hardly be tamed in the mouth. With the right water mixture, it is very pleasing. The sherry is still omnipresent. But not so oppressive anymore. It is really a great malt. If I had to choose an Aberlour, the A'bunadh would be my choice.
    • Nose
      The color is like the first smell impression! Intensive. An intensely dark amber, almost metallic copper. Without adding water, the nose gets an extreme sherry slap. Leather. Old leather and a pungent alcohol influence that is reminiscent of a stain. The term sherry board is certainly appropriate here. Behind the brutal sherry note comes something like orange zest after a few minutes. The undiluted nose is very nice. With a few drops of water, the sharpness decreases significantly. It becomes calmer and more balanced. The leathery sherry becomes a dark fruity, dried fruit-like note. The orange comes out more.
    • Taste
      You can feel the full force of alcohol undiluted! Salivation begins immediately. Noticeable burning sensation in the mouth. The sherry appears behind it. Spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon can also be tasted. It becomes softer with water. Sweetness builds up in the mouth right at the beginning. Plum jam, Powidl in Austria, is available. The spices are still present.
    • Finish
      Without water it ends vigorously. Remains a maximum of medium length as a dark chocolate impression. The finish is also more pleasant with water. In addition to the bitter nuances, there are a few fruity flavors. The malt remains present longer.

  7. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The A'bunadh are awesome and this one (# 53) is the best of the # 50 series for me personally.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A'bunadh is a safe bank - not always the same, but always (almost) equally delicious.
    • Nose
      For 'nen a'bunadh right' light ', so not so heavy sweet syrup or chocolate ... but bright Trockenirgendwasfrüchte, I'm not sure, figs? Apricots? ... and more sawdust than old oak, white pepper
    • Taste
      fat, sweet juice, mixture of chocolate syrup, plum juice and sugar beet syrup with neat pepper, delicious, and here then the "old wood"
    • Finish
      the syrup mixture remains for a short time, then pleasantly warm and pepper-hot for a long time

  9. valery77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful, at first slightly alcoholic. Fresh wood, lollipops, dry sherry, dried apricots, dried cherries, dried apple, prunes, liquorice, rich pastries, very delicate notes of the carpentry workshop, easy fragrance. 22
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, moderately dry, powerful. Black pepper, oriental spices, oak tannins, plum, apricot and apple jam, fruit lozenges, apple pastila. 22
    • Finish
      Medium in length, tannic, smoothly fading. 21
      Delicious, although not the most difficult sherry, "burly". Balance 22
      Total 87.

  10. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    for friends of sherry - I miss Islay
    • Nose
      flowery, rose water, orange peel, marzipan sweetness, and dried cherry, honey, tobacco
    • Taste
      peppery alcoholic
      creamy bitter
    • Finish
      fruity, red and orange fruits, sweet and sour, strong dryness, flattering spiciness


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