Aberlour A'bunadh batch #26

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Spanish oak Oloroso Sherry Butts
Batch 26
60.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
19 jul 2009 7:46 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 282.54

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Whisky reviews for Aberlour A'bunadh batch #26

15 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.57 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Mon Chéri

    When I published my tasting notes of yet another batch of this Aberlour a’bunadh a few months ago, my friend Benny told me he had an open bottle of Batch #26 and asked me if I was interested in tasting that one as well. Do bears shit in the woods? Not much later the sample ended up on my desk. This batch was already bottled in 2009 and if you were to look for a bottle today, it would set you back some 300 EUR. I guess I’m lucky to have such dear friends who love to share. It’s the 14th a’bunadh that I try.

    Dark and sweet nose on Mon Chéri bonbons, dried fruit, origine chocolate, vanilla and… err… nail polish? Blood oranges, raisins, apricots and candied peach. After a few moments of breathing it turns surprising bright, if you know what I mean. An absolutely delicious nose.

    The alcohol lets itself be felt immediately, of course. I gasp for breath, yet do not feel the urge to add water. Bittersweet at first sip on grapefruit, vanilla and sultanas. Woodspices give it some warmth and a mildly drying effect. But it remains more than juicy enough to keep things interesting, although a huge bitterness lurks around the corner. Cherries kick in with a vengeance. Ah, there is the chocolate as well. Hence my association with Mon Chéri.

    The finish is amazing! Long, warm without any bitterness but a candy-like sweetness. Lingers long and offers even more cherries and some cinnamon and chili peppers. Wonderful!

    Yes, this is one of those stunning flavour bombs from the a’bunadh series. Thanks, Benny!

  2. penumbra scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Yi ton is not suitable.
    • Nose
      Rum chocolates, sugared cherries on the Black Forest cake, Italian condensed martini, cherry brandy, snow-top hot cocoa, piccolo latte, a hint of vanilla syrup similar to Bourbon, and a strong woody aroma.
      The extremely heavy alcohol is accompanied by a sweet fruity taste, which is probably a cup of Tiki in the left hand and a cup of cocoa in the right hand, which is called winter medicine.
    • Taste
      Strong, very low acidity, low oily, smooth, no spicy.

      Palate: Sun-baked Yeka, mint-flavored chocolate, jujube peel, dark fruit preserves, longan honey, cream, apricot kernels, slightly plasticized products, sweet ginger, vanilla, oak spice, a small amount of ground pepper, theobromine.
    • Finish
      Longer, 100% cocoa, wood, vanilla, slightly fruity.

  3. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. whiskyd scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. cicada scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    It's my favorte batch

  7. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Przemyslaw Kopanczyk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      8,5 Słodka z nutami wiśni, ananasa oraz dębu z odrobiną cynamonu i toffi.
    • Taste
      8,6 Trochę niczym dżem z wiśni z nutami ciemnej słodkiej czekolady ze szczyptą wanilii i gałki muszkatołowej.
    • Finish
      8,5 Dobrej długości, ostry, ciepły z nutami jabłka, imbiru, jęczmienia, białego pieprzu oraz beczki dębowej.

  9. whisky-mischel did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great dark color. In the glass he makes an oily impression.
    I've had this batch for a long time, and so far I've just had a snack on it. Sherry Finish is currently not what I want, but this one is really delicious.
    • Nose
      Room temperature: fruity sweetness, cocktail cherries, dried fruit, oak, cocoa, dark chocolate, the alcohol is noticeable, but not unpleasant.
      Heated: much softer, Moncherie-praline after you bite on it (on the praline, not on the glass with the Aberlour)
    • Taste
      Pleasant alcoholic sharpness, again sweet, dry / woody but not unpleasant. Clear cherry and here again the dried fruit.
      Mouth-watering on alcohol strength brings a veritable explosion to the fore!
    • Finish
      Persistent and sticky on the tongue. Sweet and a bit warm, no bitterness, but again very dry. A little cinnamon, but subtly in the background.

  10. Rob77 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    My favorite batch so far! Too bad it's long gone.

  11. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Though it has no age statement, it is released in limited run batches, each batch carrying a unique number on its label. Each batch of this whisky is blended from barrels ranging from 5 to 25 years old.

    The word a`bunadh is roughly translated into English from Scottish Gaelic as "the Origin."

  12. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. drkrylov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, mint, pralines. Oak
    • Taste
      Very rich, and creamy. Cherries. Ginger.
    • Finish
      Nougat, cherry-brandy, ginger, fragrant smoke.

  14. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N: very full, chocolate (pudding) nuts, and spicy - mint
    T: bitter chocolate, grapefruit, praline chocolate, creamy butter and woods
    F: sugar, vanilla, spicy - mint again, rose-hip
    This whisky needs no water
    Compared with batch #23 and #31

  15. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I Love the power of Aberlour! It has great taste of sherry and fruits.

    This also is a powerful scotch so I don`t recommend it to new whisky

    users. It is good to gain a palate that recognizes the difference

    between cask strength and some that are less ABV like 40% or 43%.

  16. gralson scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      rich, sweet, peach, banana, somewhat alcohol crushes from intelligible respects but smell remains
    • Taste
      characteristic "sweet-plastic" start, later true sweet - like smell
    • Finish
      finish unusually long, similar to taste

  17. Lafroy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Raisins, dried fruits, cheesecake, cherry compote, lots of vanilla, hints of citrus and slight notes of fingernail polish. It seems to be very deep and sweet. Dark chocolate is also noticeable.
    • Taste
      A little sour at the beginning, with hints of citrus, deep sweetness, vanilla, roots, some dryness and prunes. Cheery in chocolate accompany the taste at all times.
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet and dry with cherry to it, hints of roots, delicate pepper and prunes.


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