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Aberlour A'bunadh batch #57

Overall rating
86.62/100
votes
216
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Strength
60.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010739261523
Added on
18 Nov 2016 5:33 pm by Mannoni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 74,54

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718 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #57

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.62 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Administrator

    As one of the few NAS whiskies I really like, Aberlour A'bunadh rarely disappoints. This Speysider needs water and a bit of experience to be fully enjoyed. It's a sherry monster with an intense aroma of prunes, dried fruits and crème brûlée. Tasting strong, with a nice interplay of sweet and dry notes, the well-balanced Spanish oak contributes to a rich mouthfeel. The finish is long and warming with mixed spices, cloves and traces of cayenne pepper. A great bang for your buck Single Malt which is often considered the sherried equivalent to Ardbeg Uigeadail.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It is nice to find all batches being similar, yet different enough to keep you entertained. And if whisky is that good, one can only smile. A’bunadh remains one of Aberlour’s most prized expressions. Grand whisky. Around 60 to 70 EUR.
    • Nose
      The nose holds the middle between that of batches 54 and 55: honeysweet but surprisingly soft. Again that wonderful mix of plum marmalade and grilled pineapple, upholstered with loads of butterscotch. More so than I have encountered in a’bunadh before. And a mildly floral touch, as well.
    • Taste
      On the palate, it leaves no doubt that this is a powerhouse. Very spicy (and somewhat herbal) upon arrival, but once your saliva glands get to work, a dark fruitiness emerges. Ah, the classic notes of rum raisins, fresh figs, plums and that typical drop of balsamic. Very, very good!
    • Finish
      The finish is very long – as was to be expected – with a spiciness that slowly fades, but gives the fruit enough change to linger until the death.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Neat it's a little brash, but add small amounts of water gradually and there's a sweet spot where it comes across really nice.
    • Nose
      Another attack on the senses.

      Left this one for a while in the glass and it seems much tamer than the previouse last batches.

      Of course there's sherry, but it apears more like dry Oloroso compared to the earlier which I would say are more on sweet cream Ximenes.

      More wood comming through, and it's slightly salty.

      Deeper down there's some coffe, and rather a lot of very supple rich leather and dry paper, almost like a new luxury bound book.

      With a few drops of water it gets sweeter. Notes of rasberries. A little mint.
    • Taste
      Rich, spicy cherries and chocolate, very palatable but neat the ABV is not surpricingly very noticable.

      My experience with some of the earlier batches is that they tend to fall apart with too much water. This one seems to handle it better. Spice stays remarkably strong, chocolate gets even richer, dark but not bitter.
    • Finish
      Long, warming, sweetness with some leathery notes last longest.

  4. butt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Glenjasper scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Powerful sherry whisky for the cold days, good fruity and fresh taste, also recommended for non-caskstrength drinkers
    • Nose
      86 86
      Juicy oranges, mint, oak, cognac, summer flowers, linalool, thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sparkling onset, surprisingly soft, oily, fresh, mint leaf, oranges, milk chocolate, butter biscuits, spice mix
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, semi-dry, sweeter with water

  9. Lakerfield scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    You just cannot hate this as a lover of sherried whisky and it's no wonder the A'bunadh pops to mind when someone is looking for a decent sherrybomb. This has to be the best bang for your buck when it comes to that. Overall a good one with not many flaws, but I hope they'll throw in some older stuff in the newer batches. Not a whisky I would want on my shelf all the time, but I'm sure I'll occasionally buy some just to see if they improve.
    • Nose
      Immediately heavy on alcohol, dry sherry and ripe fruits. A malty character shows itself after a few sniffs. Butterscotch, brown sugar, dried apricot, pineapple, blood orange, fruitcake, grapefruit, walnut, faint balsamic vinegar, leather, candied apple, capuccino, marzipan, chocolate, raisin, sultana, cloves, sour milk, spearmint, vanilla and ginger. Overall very dry, but quite sweet too. It has that classic bombastic sherry nose, but it has a little sharpness and doesn't feel as 'thick' as with older sherrybombs.
    • Taste
      Mouth coating sherried goodness, but it feels a bit thin too. Dry sherry, vanilla, bitter orange, honey, rum soaked raisins, apple juice, dark chocolate, licorice, almonds, caramel sauce and sultana's. A bit too spicy for me, unfortunately. I don't think water would harm this one as it has a bit of a rough edge.
    • Finish
      Medium, a little salty with dried fruits and malt.

  10. Lorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Wow ... Great batch. At first too intense, then great. 88 points.
    • Nose
      Nutty sherry bomb. An alcohol sting. Only then comes the beguiling side. Trail mix with many raisins. Prunes. Some leather. Cooling the nose. Nutty chocolate.
      Water : herbs come through.
    • Taste
      Much sweeter than expected. Juicy. Fruity. Chocolate comes with us immediately. Then the tingling begins, but keeps within limits. Orange in the dessert. Juicy. Sweet.
      Water : similar. A little less sweet, more nuts.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Fruity and sweet.

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