Aberlour A'bunadh batch #56

Overall rating
87.05/100
votes
195
Whiskybase ID
WB84729
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
04.05.2016
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 56
Strength
61.2 % Vol.
Size
200 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
LKPK1603 2016/05/04
Barcode
5000299298824
Added on
14 jul 2016 5:52 pm by Jeig
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 190.00

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195 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #56

29 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.05 points.

  1. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  2. manmathiou scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  3. whisky666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. blacknapkins scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. LDB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Strong stuff, in the sense of potent potion, super-sherry-dark dram. Awesome for Aberlourians :)
    Of course it has an alcoholic bite, but that can be tamed tremendously with a splash of water.

  6. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of the better modern a'bunadhs. Sweet Oloroso sherry, quite intense, too. No noticeable off notes / sulphur which is a big plus. Alcohol well-integrated reg. the high abv. Lacks depth and complexity of old a'bunadhs but that was to be expected. Takes water very well. All in all a win, I've had way worse ones in recent years.

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2021] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is a typical modern sherried whisky without both flaws and highlights. Easy to quaff when you focus on different things than just whisky (e.g., trying to beat your friends in a poker game) but not really interesting to explore. Actually - this is what whisky is made for, in the first place.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a modern sherry profile which is a little punchy due to the high abv but without flaws. Unfortunately, it is without highlights either so I call this an average modern sherry nose. Nothing wrong about that, but there were much better noses with previous batches before (e.g., batch 49 or 54).
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is all about a modern sherry maturation too with all these sour-winey flavours which come from the unmatured wine and you will never find in drams which matured in casks seasoned with old (matured) sherry. Do not get me wrong, I like this modern style too - it is just that I like the old-style even better... No flaw here either and even the powerful Aberlour malt is clearly detectable. Not too bad, the Aussies would say.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and just a little coating - I expected more, actually. The finish is of medium length and adds no significant new impressions but no distracting moments either. Some water does not change a lot and even a bigger splash does not open up the nose any further but it releases more sour-winey flavours on the palate and turns the finish much more peppery. Even on further reductions this dram swims like a flat iron but the water does no harm either. I like it with a big splash simply to overcome the alcoholic punchiness which is a little annoying with the neat dram.

  8. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. P.K.S scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The bottle have been opend 4 month, i have been tru a bottle befor and I got the most from it after a long time. They say this malt have 5 to 25yr blend but hey who nows.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Getting a lot of dark drapes and plums, the nose is strong pepper and bitter oak when you put the nose to the glass, lime and some ginger in the back.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the start i get a gentle oak and plums and boom pepper oak chew dryness and sweet hint in the back of some bitter lime and still the plum jam is still dominent
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still a flaverpunsh, mouth oilyness bitter oakiness/pepper/laveste and way in the end dry oak

  11. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The A'bunadh are just awesome! For almost 60 € and always about 60 turns you can (not) do anything wrong. The PLV benchmark for a "sherry bomb".
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    A little hotter than most other A'bunadh's. Normally water is not needed on these A'bunadh's but this one needs water. Much better with water, good, but, the least favourite of the A'bunadh's I have so far.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Chocolate fruit.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Dark sherry, medium chocolate with a hint of spice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium but very tasty.

  13. wbarchive_407045 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Overall a very decent whisky, I will always have an A'bunadh in my bar if they keep up the good work and keep the price down.
    • Nose
      VERY fruity, some chocolate in there too, hint of wood varnish.
    • Taste
      Really strong in sherry but not a bomb because the chocolate and orange notes take it down a notch. The high ABV is very noticable in this one.
    • Finish
      Very hot, orange peel, lasted about a good 4 mins long.

  14. Gatopardo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    You need to savour this sip by sip, letting the drops getting inside your mouth and mix with your saliva to feel the warm and velvety explosion of flavours in your palate. Otherwise, at 61,2ABV you will be killed…
    Just some drops of water to open a little bit.
    I'm not sure if this a masterpiece but man, you will go one time and another to open the bottle and put your nose inside to smell that rich chocolate...
    • Nose
      Glue, varnish, lot of chocolate, sherry, sugared milk, cola, dry fruit, maybe raisins, wood, some spices. Fragant. Subtle hints of Terre d'Hermes. Possibly most snob tasting note I've made but, really, I feel it there.
    • Taste
      That velvety sherry in your mouth… hot and spicy because of the high ABV. Swet. Cola. Some oranges and tangerines around. Again some sugar. A bit oak. Massive. Mouthwatering.
    • Finish
      Great! Hot, spicy orange, long,

  15. HunterRomario scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Caramel, raisins, cherries in chocolate, burnt raisins of cranberry, syrup without syrup, skin, orange jam, a bit of woody coniferous windiness mixed with a smell of cherry pear. (88 b)
    • Taste
      Seriously strong sherry, creamy chocolate, orange jam. Despite its soft, smooth, no need to dilute. (88 b)

  16. Falnor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  17. bikenerd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Ask me about a Sherry bomb and I´ll talk about this single malt.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very good batch.
    • Nose
      Seductive sherry notes, candied orange peel, hazelnut and mixed spices.
    • Taste
      A huge hit of sherry comes first, alive with orange and ginger. Dried fruits and dark chocolate follow close behind.
    • Finish
      Long and lovely. Complex. Bitter dark chocolate and allspice.

  19. Macerik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  20. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: We know by now what A’bunadh is all about, so the sherry-bomb is expected - a style Aberlour, like Glendronach, do so very well. Use water to break it open [like a nut]. Doing so levels out any initial overwhelming shocks and provides more a shopping list of flavours. These include varnish, fruit sweet [no medicinal], cola bottles, onion & sweet corn relish,... etc. Strangely im getting the illusion of bourbon influence at play.
    T: Takes heaps of water to get this right and then it's totally agreeable. A good balance of age and youth gives this batch an edgy chew.
    F: Sweet into some peppery aniseed heat with a touch of vanilla underneath, nothing too overpowering. Overall dry yet salivating in equal measure.
    C: A very rounded and agreeable batch, much like my last experience.Scores a B[-]

  21. gerardsmike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared it to batch 53, the last one that I have. More chewy, more toffee. Less fruity. This one is a bit better I think.
    • Nose
      Mocha, cranberry, toffee, tea
    • Taste
      Cranberry, toffee, spice, tea
    • Finish
      Mocha, toffee, coffee, cranberry and banana.

  24. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  25. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  26. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: I remember batch #53 WB wasn’t quite up to scratch in relation to previous A’bunadh releases but still, good enough for 85 points. You've got to admire the balance here between young spirit and active casks, this is surely the epitome of the recent NAS revolution. There’s even some dunnage too.
    T: It’s spirity even with water then a little fruity before the chocolate develops.
    F: Then there’s caramac, wavy chocolate caramac, coffee liqueur and forest fruits. Vanilla is always to be found, coupled with the fruits and now white chocolate. It’s still spirity to the end with a touch of smoke. Finishes firmly on smoky vanilla.
    C: This batch ticks a lot of boxes. As I said, you have to admire the marrying/blending here. I believe this is excellent series is down to the brilliant Alan Winchester who was the distillery manager at Aberlour from 1993 to 2010. Stuart Pirle [formerly of Scapa], took the job when Alan went to Glenlivet.Scores a B

  28. Blo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    BANG BANG for your buck. Seriously, at this price, and this quality, difficult to do without an A "Bunadh in his bar! I love.
    • Nose
      It is soft !! I was scared for my nostrils saw the alcoholic title but nothing at all! It is surprising. Well, some 60% block a little aroma, but a few drops of water and voila. Chocolate cake, orange zest, then more sides on the old leather. Not bad at all.
    • Taste
      Even in cask is superbly sweet, where other malt far less powerful burn your throat. The mark of a quality maturation. On the leather, a slight bitterness (but a good bitterness!), Always cocoa. Excellent. An iron hand in a velvet glove.
    • Finish
      Long and persistent, on the cappuccino.

  29. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Jeig scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      slight cough syrup, intense fruit, young whisky
    • Taste
      Dark fruits, silky, complex
    • Finish
      Medium finish with sweetness on tongue

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