Malt of the Month: April 2019

We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:

The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 61
The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 61

Batch 61

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A’Bunadh, meaning ‘the original’ in Gaelic, was created in homage to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming. Hand-made from start to finish, each batch of A’Bunadh is aged in oloroso sherry casks and bottled at cask strength.

Batch 61 is a rich, heavily-sherried single malt with an elegant character, matured exclusively in oloroso sherry butts. On the nose it is sweet and fruity; raisins, dried apricots, dates and blackcurrants mingling with soft spices and sweet heather-honey. The palate offers similar fruity notes, hints of cherries and fruit cake developing slowly, alongside rich dark chocolate and warming spices. A fitting tribute to the distillery’s founder, and to the effects of a sherry cask on whisky.


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    About Aberlour

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    Founded in 1879 by James Fleming, Aberlour distillery was built in an ancient place, the subject of many myths and legends, and the most modern distillery of its time. In 1898 most of the buildings and whisky reserves were destroyed in a fire, but Aberlour survived this crisis and the distillery was rebuilt in only a few short years, with all of the newest equipment available.

    Nowadays Aberlour is known for its rich, fruity whiskies, matured in oloroso sherry butts and American oak barrels. This double maturation helps to subtly bring together the unique characters of each cask and create a complex and intriguing range of single malts.

    27 Customer Reviews

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    • 5
      13 January

      I was in the islands at a regatta and struck up a conversation with a captain about scotch. He was from New Jersey and ask me if I had ever tried Aberlour A’Brunadh. I had seen the Aberlour at our ABC stores about not the A’Bunadh. I tried to find it to no avail when I went to NYC for a visit. It was nectar from the gods! VA FINALLY brought it in and now it’s my go to.

    • 5
      2 January

      I was gifted a bottle of this for New Years and it was an eye opening wonderful experience. The complexity of taste and its scent was phenomenal. I've tried many different Scotch blends and around ten single malts, but Aberlour A'Bunadh is my all time favorite Scotch.

    • 4
      21 December 2018

      It's like melted, alcoholic hard candies. Delicious.

    • 5
      16 December 2018

      Few things in life are better than treating yourself to your favourite tipple. This is one of them moments. One of them tipples.

    • 5
      3 December 2018

      With the exception of Casg Annamh, this single malt floats my boat like no other... must be the sherry casks. I call this Scotch "Mind Eraser" for the alcohol content!

    • 5
      12 November 2018

      I have batch 57 I believe. Excellent for the price, a very potent tasting whisky. Lots of fruit notes from the sherry. If you love sherry, this is the whisky for you.

    • 5
      23 October 2018

      a wonderful malt, always bought it when on offer at a supermarket but sadly not worth £80.

    • 1
      30 September 2018

      Not for the current price!

    • 1
      19 September 2018

      They were stretching it when they were asking £50 for this whisky; the current price is just mad and it certainly isn't worth £79.95> I certainly wont pay this money for a young whisky, cask strength or not. There is better quality whisky to be had for this price and I can say the same for the rest of the Aberlour whisky range. If you haven't already done so, go and explore what Glendronach has to offer for the same money.

    • 1
      18 September 2018

      This was a great whisky for £50. However its new found price of £80 does not reflect what’s in the bottle. Perhaps if it was aged, but not for a NAS even if it is cask strength.

    • 5
      25 June 2018

      In my humble opinion, the best. From the first time it touches your lips to 5 minutes afterwards, every second exceptional.

    • 5
      19 June 2018

      Absolutely wonderful!

    • 5
      17 June 2018

      A different kind of whiskey, the best!

    • 4
      25 May 2018

      Long draw...with subtle evolution from peat to sherry...makes Barbara hiccup...which is a good thing!

    • 5
      24 April 2018

      Great whisky. Easy to drink neat.

    • 5
      11 April 2018

      Batch 61 is one of the finest drams I’ve ever sampled

    • 5
      9 April 2018

      Very good single malt. Highly recommended

    • 5
      27 March 2018


    • 5
      23 February 2018

      I have tried four other batches of abunadh...batch 61 is my favorite...first sip is warming with taste hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and honey...the finish is long and smooth...batch 61 is a true fine single malt worth every penny.

    • 5
      22 February 2018

      This one really does it for me! I highly recommend it!

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