Aberlour A'bunadh batch #57

Overall rating
86.68/100
votes
324
Whiskybase ID
WB89441
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Spanish Oloroso Sherry Butts
Casknumber
Batch 57
Strength
60.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5010739261523
Added on
18 nov 2016 5:33 pm by Mannoni
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 188.49

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #57

44 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.68 points.

  1. HunterRomario scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 60.7%
    Aroma: Raisins, caramel, brushed leather, milk chocolate, a gentle whiff of cloves, cinnamon, overripe heart cherries, chocolate cherries, anise. (89b)
    Taste: Strong dark chocolate, dense sherry infusion, dark expression, quite dry, wood without bitterness. (87b)
    Points: 88
    Summary: Dad opened the bottle, so I had a chance to drink with him.

  2. Gil firth scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    One of the best sherry nas whisky.
    Nice bitter chocolate, ripe red fruit notes.

  3. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. valentinrev scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

  5. praisethepasta scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    There’s more to this than just your sherry bomb – it’s all that, and then some. Adding in a subtle earthy, slightly herbaceous note, this is more than just a one trick pony. It’s starting to become old, as the one ‘but’ to this story is the price setting. While I fully understand why the early batches would fetch a nice sum at auctions, we have now reached a point where even this fairly recent batch in a series of continuous releases like A’bunadh goes close to, or even above, €100
    • Nose
      88 88
      Rich and intense, yet not overwhelming. All the usual suspects. Raisins, figs plums, chocolate and a ginger like spiciness that leans towards a eucalyptus note. Mint in the background of baking spices. Autumn notes: stew, mushrooms, with forest/earthy elements like ferns. With a drop of water it turns creamy, with milk chocolate and a mixture of dried and fresh red fruits and jam, Christmas cake and brandy. Yum!
    • Taste
      87 87
      treacle, dark roast coffee and sweet hotness from ginger and pepper and chocolate. overall less sweet than on the nose but equally rich and mouth-watering with a full and big syrupy texture. A drop of water is advices as it takes off the heat a bit, revealing a quite prominent mixture of red wine and red fruit.
    • Finish
      84 84
      long, warm and spicy. The wine notes return with a pinch of salt on the tip of the tongue. Here the added water amps up the red fruit notes, but also the heat.

  6. peej84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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.

  8. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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

  9. aderijber scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    Rich whisky, nicely balanced

  10. Gweddry scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  11. 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,

  12. Marcel74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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

  13. nad_chario scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Cherries / amaretto, herbs, pepper, oranges, citrus fruits

  14. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. 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.

  16. Sandman23 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  17. 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

  18. Serg0511m scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    Saturated, concentrated, powerful.

    Nose

    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.

    Taste

    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.

  19. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. butt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  23. 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

  24. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  26. Glenjasper scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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

  28. Lakerfield scored this whisky 84 points Expert 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.

  29. 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.

  30. davidloosli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The palate is just absolutely fantastic for a NAS
    • Nose
      Dried fruit, vanilla, apple, orange, burning from the high ABV
    • Taste
      Starts furiously with a rather strong burn, a lot of fruitiness, tastes like christmas, baked apple, chocolate, peppery
    • Finish
      a bit sour, due to the rather short time in the barrel there aren't a lot of wood notes, lime

  31. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    some sour notes are present all throughout, still too spicy for my liking (like the batch 58) but still a good dram and i especially liked the woody sweet sugary finish

  32. Ivynor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Always so well done, a good sherry for all! Alcohol well integrated despite 60.7% 87+
    • Nose
      Big sherry, on coffee, chocolate, spices. Pretty dry.
    • Taste
      I was expecting more sherry, but it's very good. Coffee, chocolate, leather, spices. quite creamy texture. Some vegetable traces that betray youth.
    • Finish
      Medium, on spices, chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

  33. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 81 points Shoplink Moderator

    Not a particularly interesting lot. I guess either tired barrels or somewhat short maturation, or both. (Evaluated based on sample.)
    • Nose
      Raspberry, sulfur, candy, marc, furniture polish, caramel, (with water) orange jam, orange peel.
    • Taste
      Raspberry, orange, dried banana, (with water) unripe strawberry, pear, bitterness.
    • Finish
      Chocolate, tannins, (with water) white pepper, greenery.

  34. 2791knarf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  35. 2791knarf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  36. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With water it opens up more floral in the nose and more fruits in taste. For a few pounds more a lot better than the aberlour 18y I had before.
    • Nose
      Dark fruit, coffee and leather. Deep intense sherry, honey sweetness filling the nose. Mild floral and nuts.
    • Taste
      Comes in very hot and spicy. Not really a surprise. Ginger and cinnamon, the fruity sweetness comes later with more nuts and a little salt. Good body but no cream or oil. More a velvet taste.
    • Finish
      Long finish, warming, salty lips and wood.

  38. Macheye scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good quality and velvety mouthfeel, but at the same time still a touch raw around the edges at its high 60.7% ABV. Spicing is the order of the day here with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg heavily in play. Balsamic vinegar adds a touch of zing to the affair. Add in some rum-soaked raisins and red berries and you're very much in fruitcake territory here. With the marzipan of the nose it’s almost Christmas cake time….it seems to get earlier every year. Water (which you’re 100% going to be adding) completely changes this dram moving it away from the fruitcake towards really juicy tropical fruits. Real lip-smacking salivating rich fruits. Rather a remarkable transformation in fact.

    Full tasting notes:  https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/aberlour/aberlour-abunadh-batch-57/

  39. 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.

  40. TheDAne scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      intense, rich, dried cranberry, raspberry, coffee beans, abricot, pear brandy raisin, pecan nuts, lavender. Banana, condensed milk, candy, some acetone sweet and creamy
    • Taste
      pungent spicy arrival with nutmeg, ginger, more creamy and stewed red berry fruit. Intense on the palate with a velvety mouth feel despite the strenght
    • Finish
      the weak point, some sweetnes, nuts, banana, mango, and malty grain notes, fading a but too fast

  41. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Opeth83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Typical sherried speysider, young, little bit raw just average. Last batches 39, 49 were the best, this is just average. 
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  43. Achany scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    yes there is Sherry, spices - a lot of them (!), there is a hint of dark fruits and raisins. but I need some water in this one and I am still missing something! for me it is too strong, to much ABV, maybe too young? or maybe just not my style or Batch. It is still an interesting dram and we really had fun arguing about it!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  44. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    As a "neat freak" I have finally met my nemesis, a whisky that improves with water ;-) so the rates are given with "3 drops" added.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. 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.

  46. jankes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  47. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  48. wrc1 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

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