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Aberlour A'bunadh batch #56

Overall rating
87.04/100
votes
180
Whiskybase ID
WB84729
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
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

€ 150.51

22 × in wishlist

180 × member ratings

547 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #56

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.04 points

  1. 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.

  2. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  3. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 87 points 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.

  4. 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.

  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. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. P.K.S scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    youst wow afther 1 hour oksidising in the glass! with no water å bit sharp but good! a lot of frute and dark sjokolade. with 2 teespons of whater and it melow it down å lot! more frut on the plate and no sharp edges. It's get better and better the longer the bottle oksidise relly Nice! its between 5yr to 25yr blend in A'bunadh. strongly recomend it im happy i bougth 3 bottels

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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