A really great dram at a very reasonable price for cask-strength whisky of this exceptional quality. Aberlour a'bunadh is hugely sherried and intensely flavoured: a whisky to cherish. Please note that batch numbers and strengths vary for this bottling.
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One of these famous malts that make us lesser mortals tremble. Batches #11 and 15 have been my favourites so far, let’s see if #20 will join them in the pantheon.
Colour: deep amber with brownish/orangey hues.
Nose: oloroso galore! Very big notes of raisins, chocolate, prunes, cherry liqueur, cloves... All that is nicely dry and even a tad smoky but that may well come from the alcohol. With water: it gets a bit more herbal and slightly wild as well as meatier. Is that English brown sauce?
Mouth (neat): very powerful of course but not undrinkable, quite astonishingly. Big sherry, big raisins, hints of mint and chlorophyll, litres of kirsch (just like when you put your nose over a demijohn)... But let’s not tempt fate – so, with water: gets more herbal again, with notes of thyme and rosemary, sage, bay leaves... Also quite maltier and even a little smoky. Finish: long, coating, elegant (yes) and spicier (pepper and ginger). Shoo, to the pantheon! 90 points.
Customer Reviews: (31 reviews)
I got batch 37 great test , lucky me
- anonymous, 1st Sep '12
Batch 25. So smooth and creamy. Reminded me of tablet, dark chocolate and spiced fruit.
- D.J.Scott, 9th Nov '11
An ancient mystic cloaked in the Scarlett gown of a bejewelled cardinal....
- anonymous, 20th Jul '11
Just started on a bottle from batch no. 30, and I'm loving it as much as my bottles from 15 and - I think - 20 previously.I too am really quite happy to drink this one neat - gorgeous stuff!
- Dave Morris, 17th Jul '10
Batch 23 - 60.2% - would have to be one of the best whiskys I have had the pleasure of tasting. Great aroma and palate. Certainly enjoyed 24/7.
- Terry Fitzgerald Australia, 24th Jun '10
Stunned by whisky! The best that I tried for today. Only Ardbeg Uigeadail can compete with this drink. Aroma simply knocks down. Taste fantastic. Drink not diluted! Otherwise loses half of charm.
- Sergey, Russia, 14th Jun '10
I would suggest that this is a man's whisky. Very full bodied and with a potent character. The strength is more than apparent but add an ice cube and float on the slight sweetness and hints of peaty smokiness. Glad I bought this bottle...
- J.Mackenzie, 30th May '10
Batch no. 29 @ 59.9% now in Seattle, WA, USA... a no-brainer buy: all the evocative complexity described in earlier reviews (raisin, cedar chest, mint, chocolate, oloroso staves), with the cask-strength to kick one's a**.
- pete, 4th May '10
This is fabulous stuff. I like it neat.
- anonymous, 14th Apr '10
Une d?couverte, un vrai regal, domaine que je ne connaissais pas. Un whisky n?xxx appelle forc?ment un autre n?xxxx
- Nouveau jeune amateur FRANCE, 25th Dec '09
GOB SMACKED that you can buy such a smooth, potent whisky at this price. Worthy to grace any collection. I really can't believe the price for this quality.
- Gary, 24th Dec '09
i bought this among 5 other bottles of your site and after tasting it im putting it away so that nobody can see it. This is a gem, if i could i would drink it all the time. put some water in it (mine was batch 27 60,1%) and you will sail away. buy it enjoy it!
- greetings from poland, 5th Dec '09
I am not a whisky buff but,this nectar, is an exquisite whisky. The aromas and the flavours are wonderful. My son and my son-in-law were both amazed by it. I`ve bought them each a bottle,so now they have my favourite dram when I visit them. I like it as they do with a drop of water. Just what does the more aged and expensive ones taste like! Tell you what,we`ll buy a bottle between us and find out.
- Bill, 21st Nov '09
just about to crack open a batch 25 at 60.4%. I stumbled across it at batch 18 (56%?) and decided it was the best of two hundred or so other brands that I'd had previously. Let down with a hint of water is nectar. It's the one for me.
- Harry in Cumbria, 7th Nov '09
anyone tastet batch no 18
- Mac?maleren, 30th Oct '09
This stuff kicked my palate to crap. I like a little bit of sweetness but this tasted like someone added a fair amount of maple syrup to a helping of sherry; over the top. For what it is, a speyside, it's probably the most rich, flavorful dram from that region But, it's not for me. I think I will stick with my Islay and Highland malts.
- rwbenjey, 25th Oct '09
I bought a few of these: batches 6, 9, 12. Working on 12 even now. God knows I drink it slow but it drinks exceedingly fine. I wish I could get more of 12.
- TheDouglas, 23rd Oct '09
I had the 19th batch, also a great one:)
- Jack, Arizona, 5th Oct '09
I just purchased my second bottle of Aberlour a'bunadh,batch #23,will take it on test run tonight for supper. I'm sure it will be just as exciting as my first experience, excellent. Byron-Canada Aug./29/09
- Byron Forsyth, 29th Aug '09
whisky blender for chivas bro's for the past 15 years. this whisky is a pain to make but a pleasure to drink. for the die hard's, drink it straight but be warned ( powerful stuff ) best with a large ice cube left to melt and breath. any comments or if you need advise contact at firstname.lastname@example.org