Aberlour A'bunadh batch #57

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Batch 57
60.7 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
18 Nov 2016 5:33 pm by Mannoni
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 128.59

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Whisky Reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #57

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.61 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super 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. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Lovely sweet sherried nose; dried fruits, raisins, candied oranges, orange chocolate, caramel, baking spices (91p)
    TASTE: The arrival is sweet before it bursts on to the mid palate with intense spice and dried fruits; black pepper, baking spices, sweetened tea, Christmas pudding and liqorice. (88-89p)
    FINISH: Pepper, spices, mint, sweet toffee. (88p)
    OVERALL: Rich and intense. Younger on the palate than on the nose. Total score 89 points.

  4. 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.

  5. peej84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky, "bang for your buck".
    • Nose
      87 87
      After adding a drop of water the nose became better
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. aderijber scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Rich whisky, nicely balanced

  8. Gweddry scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      full, multilayered, honey, sherry, oak, buns, caramel, dried fruits, cinnamon, boiled apples, currants, gingerbread, orange, raspberry DILUTED: fresher, softer, red fruit, tanned oak, apple juice, raspberry chocolate, sweeter, pear , flowers, tutti frutti jelly
    • Taste
      sherry, sweet to sour, drier, red wine, biscuits, cocoa, tanned oak, vanilla, raisins DILUTED: slightly bitter, sweeter, honey, buns, fruit juices, roasted coffee at the end
    • Finish
      sweet, tanned oak, crustaceans, raisins, butter, prunes, buns DILUTED: caramel, grape jelly, banana, oregano, crustaceans

  9. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    ** require some oxidization
    • Nose
      88 88
      Thick oily pump, chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Also felt like a mix of rum and bourbon? Plus after some oxidization, greatly reduce the sharp oak spice and new wood shaving nose.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite rich and strong, deep sherry influence, tons of dark chocolate, oak polish, marmalade
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, with oak polish, nutmeg,

  10. Marcel74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Batch 57 op 60.7% abv
    • Nose
      Spicy, vanilla, toffee, pralines, orange, oloroso sherry
    • Taste
      Orange, cherries, dried fruit, ginger, dark bitter chocolate, sherry and oak
    • Finish
      Robust and intense, bitter and sweet exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak


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