Here’s a video of me doing my favourite kind of review – the head to head. On the tasting block I have two Aberlour A’bunadhs. The Batch 45 and the Batch 50. I definitely prefer one over the other!
Distillery/Brand: Aberlour | Region: Speyside | ABV: 59.6% | Color: Old Gold
Nose: 22 | Taste: 23 | Finish: 23 | Balance: 22 | Rating: 90
Looks like we’re up to Batch 50 now! Aberlour have been churning out this cult classic since 1997 where they take spirit that has been maturing exclusively in Olorosol sherry butts and blend them together.
Each batch has a unique number and official literature claims each whisky has between five and twenty five year old spirit in it.
How much of the twenty five is in there (given it’s rather affordable price tag) is open to speculation. But regardless of that rather tall claim let’s all agree that the spirit inside these bottlings is quite special.
Despite it’s rather weak entry level 10 the distillery has some pretty serious expressions on offer and the A’bunadh series does nothing to dent that reputation.
It is a tribute to it’s founder James Fleming and is a throwback to the days when whisky was hand made and served at cask strength.
My sample is from a brand new bottle and served at 59.6%
Nose: Dry leaves. Autumn. Earth. Soil. Oak. Black peppercorns. Wild berries. Toffee. Apples. Tobacco leaf. Dark honey. Treacle. Tamarind. Adding a few drops of water brings out more. Dark fruits. Plums. Red Vermouth. Hint of smoke. A deep and creamy nose with a strong oaky overtone.
Palate: Maple syrup. Chocolate. Red grapes. Black pepper. Cinnamon. Dry leaves. Oak. With water it’s creamier on the mouth feel. Just like most A’bunadhs. More minty. Licorice. Peach compote.
Finish: Long. Oak. Cinnamon. Dries slowly. Water makes it a touch bitter.
Another accomplished A’bunadh. Brought it out at a home tasting recently and was a big hit with my guests.
And why not?