Aberlour A’Bunadh is a scotch I heard about when I started getting serious about whisky. It came across in a number of top 10 lists I was researching along with glowing reviews on Reddit. So there was no hesitation on my part to buy a bottle without having tasted even a sniff of a dram.
If you aren’t familiar with Aberlour A’Bunadh, it’s a batched release. Although I haven’t tasted any other batches, apparently each batch has slight variations resulting in some batches being somewhat better than others. It’s a sherry casked scotch that isn’t chill filtered and is at cask strength. I purchased one from the 49th batch which is 60% ABV.
On to the review!
Type: Single Malt Scotch
Presentation: I typically have 3-5 drams over a period of weeks before posting my tasting notes. My latest dram was neat in a Canadian Glencairn glass while watching Scrooged on the big screen with the family.
Appearance & Colour: Amber, thick & oily.
Nose: Fruity in a red wine sort of way. Clearly the sherry coming through. Surprisingly no trace of alcohol in the nose. The nose was a bit faint though, not overwhelming. 20/25
Palate: Christmas spice with candied fruit. Like a faint christmas fruitcake. Moderate sweetness on the tongue. Then a gradual warmth comes into the picture. 25/25
Finish: Gloriously long and warm. Nice faint sangria aftertaste. Again the sherry coming through. 25/25
So good! This is my special occasion dram that I plan to tease out over several years. Something I’d break out during holidays and birthdays. The first dram out of the bottle was a bit of a poke in the nose. But subsequent pours were more civil. The amazing thing about this bottle is that even though it’s 60% ABV, it doesn’t punch you in the face with alcohol. The higher ABV doesn’t show itself until the finish. Even when it does, it slips in gradually. A definite must in any aficionado’s shelf. 25/25
Buy? Try? Or Avoid?: Buy!