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

€ 94,96

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #53

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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..


  3. amann1 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

  4. 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

  5. matts scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Character: Brachial, intense and pure a real alternative to nasal spray. A well made and delicious young, enormously barrel and sherrylastige bottling. Dark fruits, oak and chocolate harmonize really well here.
    Rating: An A'bunadh doing what he should. No more and no less. In a very positive sense. Powerful, vulominous and dilute dangerously tasty. The price is nothing to complain about. I have a good 89 points.
    • Nose
      Very intense. Undiluted, this bottling draws in the nose, like many a highly concentrated paint color. The intense sherry is heavily overshadowed by a sharp herbal note. Here is the addition of water distress. One and a half teaspoons to 2.5 cl finally provide a little more balance. Intense malty sherry notes come into their own: juicy raisins, pickled sour cherries and orange oil. The herbs are still very present: thyme, mint and oregano provide a pleasant freshness. With water, the alcohol is no longer stingy in the nose. Instead, subtle light leather and candied lime starts appear. In the end, even soft chocolate tones make for a delicious underpainting. Overall, a brute and a bit gruff, but quite delicious and promising nose.
    • Taste
      Soft, gentle and intense, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Immediately a beautiful dark-fruited sherry sweet is present. Briefly interrupted by a pinch of pepper, ripe dark sweet plums flood the mouth. Almost like intensely cooked plum jam. Accompanying there are really lots of raisins and some cherry juice. Vollmunding is the delicious dark soup in the mouth. Dark chocolate and cocoa are making their way. For a moment I have to think of a chocolate fountain and a whole basket of dark fruits. Blackberries, blueberries and redcurrants are also part of the party. Gradually, the oak also comes on the scene. A delicious wood taste blends harmoniously into the taste. In addition to the dark fruits and the chocolate, almonds, coffee and espresso continue to sparkle in the transition to the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long. Dark fruits fill you with a substantial sweetness. There is really a lot of chocolate and cocoa. The spicy oak and herbs elegantly create a harsh contrast. Bedded on a handful of almonds, coffee and espresso gain more and more attention in the end. The basic character remains fruity-juicy, but it is becoming increasingly dry. Very slowly the intense filling fades out.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. thomasflsts scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2016] Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 50 Euro in August, 2016.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5. My notes state "easy sippable".

  10. krupoder scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Fortified wine, dried fruit, fruit chewing gum, something earthen, dried cherries, Pu-erh tea, lacquered furniture, sweet pastry, but with ostrinkoy. Jerez monster, you can inhale without stopping, but it's time to try
    Taste: strong, but very pleasant, straight blast to taste buds, but you don’t know which one to grab. Pu-erh black tart tea, something bread-malt, sponge cake, black coffee, bitter chocolate. Thick, enveloping
    Aftertaste: long, spicy, floral.
    Balance: great.
    Great Whisky - 88


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