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.
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.
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.
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.
Long, warming, sweetness with some leathery notes last longest.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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