Aberlour A'bunadh batch #57

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
60.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
18 Nov 2016 5:33 pm by Mannoni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 63.45

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #57

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.60 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Defeatless scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A more fruity A'Bunadh then others. But still quite a good one.
    Don't forget to add water!
    • Nose
      Sherry bomb. But a bit on the fruity side. It is pretty much like all A'Bunadh's.
    • Taste
      Big hit of sherry. Indeed a more fruity one. But quite decent.
    • Finish
      Medium-long length. There is a little wood in heren, but overall quite on the sherry side.

  5. Sandman23 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. bredstrup scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    I’m not a sherry pig, but this one is wonderfully complex. Warm. Sweet licorice and fruits both on the nose and the tongue. Needs a few drops of water in my opinion, but then really shines. A great dram

  7. Serg0511m scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Saturated, concentrated, powerful.


    Figs, dried fruits, raisins, tart, spicy, sweet - wine with earth notes. With water it becomes sweeter, more dessert, sweet dates appear, astringency is lost, sherry tones are more prominent.


    Continuation of the nose. Cherry, dark chocolate cherries, dried apricots, prunes. With water, it becomes sweeter and a slight bitterness appears on the aftertaste. Tie up.

  8. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  9. el Gato scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry for sure. Yet resh fruit With red applles. Christmas cake. Nutmeg. Vanilla. Apricots. Slightly Medicinal
    • Taste
      85 85
      Quite oily. Sour at first. Then opens up. Ginger. Apples. Marzipane. Cinnamon. Oranges marmelade. Liquerice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long. Some oakiness. Caramel. More creamy feel now. The sourness has faded. Some Herbs. Some tobacco.

  10. liquid_spirit scored this whisky 87 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
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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