Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Mighty Aberlour A'bunadh

Yes, another cask-strength whisky in the collection. Lovely.

This is one that I'd been wanting for awhile, but had shown quite a bit of restraint when confronted with the temptation to buy a bottle; My pub was in need of some other whiskies on the shelf first, ones the customers were keen to drink. The Aberlour A'bunadh was going to be mostly for my benefit.

But, the time finally came, and I bought a bottle of Batch 47 at 60.7% a.b.v.

Aberlour A'bunadh is one powerful beauty of a Speyside whisky. Aged exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks with no chill filtering and no color added, you can't help but like this whisky on principle alone.

Tasting Notes

Appearance:
Golden red

Nose:
Aggressive and pungent
Sherry and sherry, spices, floral, candle wax

Palate:
Heavy
Bittersweet, black cherry, cough syrup, bitter chocolate, orange, vanilla

Finish:
Cloying, spicy, hot, bitter chocolate, medicinal

This one can stand a fair amount of water, but as always, one should add it with measured caution.

Conclusion: A powerhouse Speyside whisky that should be in everyone's collection.

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