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    Aberlour A'bunadh Reviews

    Aberlour a'bunadh 74
    Based on 31 reviews.
    Rated on a scale of 50 to 99
    Distillery
    Aberlour
    Style
    Single Malt
    Release
    Batch 15
    Age
    Unspecified
    Alcohol
    59.6% abv.
    Region
    Scotland: Speyside
    Bottled For
    Distillery

    Aberlour a'bunadh is a natural single cask strength malt whisky. Taken directly from specially selected sherry casks it is bottled as simply as possible without the use of modern filtering methods or the addition of water.

    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by ChadDavis

    9350/99
    Color
    Amber +2, dark copper
    Nose
    Neat: Cinnamon, Orange Rind, baked pastry, vanilla bean, pecans, mild grassiness. Very obvious Sherry flavors. With water: Sea salt, honey and Orange Marmalade. Cough drop, pie crust. 32/33
    Body
    Viscous, a bit heavier. Smooth, milky mouth-feel with average legs
    Palate
    Neat: Cinnamon Red Hots, heavy sherry and lots of burn, Apple skins, cotton. Bakery flavors behind the heat. Very pleasant. Ancho or Chipotle pepper. With Water: Ginger and Chinese hot mustard, tart apple. It is not as sweet with water. Some hints of capers, lemon zest. 31/33
    Finish
    Neat: Cinnamon is the dominant flavor. Antiseptic, Hot burn that lingers 20 seconds or more. Feel it between your teeth, then up your jawbone and into your ears. Mild bitterness and a spicy finish with peppercorn, apple, and nutmeg. It takes three sips to fully appreciate the flavors hidden by the high proof. It is well worth sticking around long enough to get past the alcohol and taste this. With Water: Less attack, but the flavor profile is diminished a bit. Baked apple pie, lots of spices, pepper, pecans, and Orange rind. 30/33

    I may have found a new favorite. I will have to try it side by side with my beloved Glenlivet Nadurra 16 and find out. This is a magnificent Sherried Speysider. It has a deep flavor profile, and is quite spicy. This is batch 41 and it' 59% Abv. No complaints at all. I love this Scotch. It rivals my favorite. It is, to date, a top two whisky. I will taste it alongside my favorite soon. It's getting a bit more expensive, but in 2013, expect to buy a bottle for around $68.00. I can't rave about it enough. please read the tasting notes if you want to know what it tastes like. But then, just go get a bottle, it won't be your last.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Mark Henderson

    9550/99
    Color
    Amber / deep red
    Nose
    Woody, raisiny. Slight vanilla.
    Body
    Full bodied, more robust than many of the Speyside 12's.
    Palate
    Not a hint of smoke. Woody (cedar?), vanilla, sherry.
    Finish
    Very pleasant and long finish; takes several seconds to abate. A hint of sweetness.
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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Mr Darcy

    9350/99
    Color
    Mahogany
    Nose
    Raisins / Grapes,Red wine,Citrus.
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Firery alcohol,Tannin,Woody,Vanilla,Mowed grass,White fruit.
    Finish
    Warm smooth multi layered slow fruity arival sweet spicey developes a complex long slow well balanced finish.

    Aberlour Awesome Wow.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    7050/99
    Color
    Reddish brown amber
    Nose
    Sweet medicinal, alcohol is understated.
    Body
    Thick, almost cough syrupy, needs water or reduction to 43-46%.
    Palate
    Over-woody, peppery, not pleasant.
    Finish
    Long finish, becoming more pleasant with fading.

    Batch 44 59.7%. After positive experience with Aberlour 16, this is a more expensive, indistinct and medicinal blend with peppery overtones. Allegedly made with 25 year old whisky, but far inferior to a Balvenie 21 Portwood. Stick with Aberlour 16 or Glenmorangie.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by DoubleWhiskeyCokeNoIce

    9450/99
    Color
    Angry Red
    Nose
    Medicinal, vanilla, wood, toffee
    Body
    Syrupy
    Palate
    Sherry, wood, earthy followed by slightly sweet
    Finish
    Warm at first then cools with a sweet finish

    Awesome X 2

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    9750/99
    Color
    Cherry wood and roasted chestnuts
    Nose
    Dark fruit, complex sherry with deep wood notes... you could get lost just sniffing this whisky
    Body
    Oily, thick and creamy. the legs on your glass state this clearly
    Palate
    Dark fruit, deep wood flavors from oak to richer woods of a fine desk. amazing sherry blast with complex seared fruits and spiced wood
    Finish
    Long. So much lovley fuit and wood spices remain from this creamy highland whisky

    A fine single malt to enjoy with a well aged cigar.The complexity is incredible

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Deep red
    Nose
    Warm cherry, Christmas spice
    Body
    Heavy and full bodied
    Palate
    Sweet cherry and heavy smoke
    Finish
    Long and warm.

    I am Mr Islay, a Laphroaig man throughout. However I have heard so many good things about this whisky that I just had to give it a go. My bottle is batch 44, you cannot relate this to anything Islay and shouldn't. The whole Chinese five spice deep cherry sweetness is massive and I love it. Only a few hours prior I tried a Aberlour 10yr, which I thought was below par. For the money this is a great whisky. Laphroaig quarter cask and a'bunadh are now regulars for me!

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Cool Hand

    8350/99
    Color
    Rosewood
    Nose
    Prunes, raisins, tar, vanilla
    Body
    Big alcohol hit and mouth numbing liquid fire
    Palate
    A bit harsh, very strong alcohol, sweetness is masked in my opinion by the attack of this whisky and the overwhelming burnt orange.
    Finish
    Long and more pleasant than the initial taste, this is a bit of an unsubtle whisky but a super strong beast and one that you can appreciate more in hindsight.

    Big, brash, intense, powerful, cask strength monster

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by ScottyB

    8950/99
    Color
    Deep amber
    Nose
    Honey, Cinnamon Red Hots, vanilla, caramel, a slight touch of anise. Not a hint of smoke or phenol.
    Body
    Wonderfully full bodied.
    Palate
    Incredibly dense and complex, new flavors arise through the whole glass. Vanilla, honey, caramel & red hots again, but also bakers chocolate, a sort of spicy leather, an unlit maduro wrapped cigar, anise. A touch of green apple. Lots and lots of cedar.
    Finish
    The body and the high ABV (60.3%) mean the finish is around for a while, but most of the nose & palate dissipate quickly. What you're left with is a pleasant alcohol tingle, and light vanilla & cinnamon.

    One of my favorite whiskys, especially good for winter. I'm most strongly reminded of, oddly, Knob Creek 9 Year Single Barrel. A big, in your face, hit you in the mouth whisky, but immensely dense & complex. The only letdown is the finish, which while good, fades a little too fast. Quite enjoyable without water.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    9750/99
    Color
    Mahogany
    Nose
    Sour orange peel, port wine, dried leaves, raisins, dried cherry
    Body
    Full body
    Palate
    orange oil, port wine, red fruit
    Finish
    very long and complex finish,tingly, favorite part

    Favorite scotch I've encountered to date. Enjoyed without water. Batch #40

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Speysider

    8850/99
    Color
    deep orange, almost rosey
    Nose
    Fruitcake, yeast, black cherry
    Body
    Quite heavy. With water, pleasantly oily.
    Palate
    Tart orange, sweet and salty, gingerbread
    Finish
    long, dry, cherry finish.

    A super-saturated sherry monster. Full of flavor. Quality casks no doubt. More age would certainly add complexity.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Mr. Peat

    9850/99
    Color
    Reddish brown, like an old copper penny
    Nose
    Vanilla, toffee, sherry, oak, chocolate, hospital waiting room. A very slight hint of...fresh celery?
    Body
    Thick, like nectar.
    Palate
    Strong taste of sherry, rum and oak with vanilla and toffee. A hint of smokyness.
    Finish
    A long, satisfying finish that morphs into a range of complex flavors as it fades.

    My description cannot do this whisky justice. There is so much going on flavor wise that I am still discovering new tastes with each session. It's cast strength and needs some water to truly open it up, but definite take your first sip at full strength. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before drinking; you won't be sorry. I will likely go broke drinking this every day, but what a way to go.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Deep reddish amber
    Nose
    Bread pudding, rum raisin ice cream, maple syrup and sherry.
    Body
    Thick and oily when neat, like cough syrup. Medium bodied after adding water to taste.
    Palate
    Sherry, rum, and creamy bread pudding.
    Finish
    Very long finish, regardless of how much water added. This will warm you up in a hurry.

    Batch 37, 59.6% abv. Disclaimer: I'm an Islay lover for the most part. I've tried to like this one, but of this but too much sherry for me. Mixed 3 parts of this to 1 part Oban 14 and 2 parts water: perfection!

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Martin

    8850/99
    Color
    Golden honey sherry
    Nose
    Christmas pudding. Vanilla, maple, candied peel.
    Body
    Full, as if dosed with glycerol.
    Palate
    Complex and rewarding, vanilla, feint smoke, Christmas pudding.
    Finish
    Very warm this one lingering after a minute.

    Batch 35 alc. 60.3

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    7550/99
    Color
    dark ,dark sherry
    Nose
    woody emptied cask
    Body
    too thick,syrupy
    Palate
    medicinaly nutty
    Finish
    short stinging.lacks complexity.overpowering neat.

    I tried a few different times inferior to cask strenth Glenfarclas and Macallan.I like the traditional Aberlour scotch.disappointed in this malt

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    9050/99
    Color
    Brownish Red
    Nose
    Amazing nose of sherry, vanilla, chocolate, oranges, maple syrup, apples and quince
    Body
    Full, mouth coating, very slightly oily
    Palate
    Sweet all the way through, hot but not overdone considering 59.7% ABV. Very smooth and sweet...
    Finish
    Hot but long lasting sweetness

    Great NAS whisky for the price!

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Deep Red Copper
    Body
    Full
    Palate
    Chocolate and Orange and Sherry fruit
    Finish
    Long, warm, tingly.

    Feel it in yer ears

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Dmessmer

    9450/99
    Color
    Reddish amber. Reminds me of the beauty of the Lagavulin 16.
    Nose
    Sweet with clear sherry notes.
    Body
    Thick and coating.
    Palate
    The first thing I noticed was the wonderful creaminess, with just tiny hints of fruit. There are also strong touches of vanilla. And of course, there's undeniable (and difficult to characterize) sherry-ness to it all.
    Finish
    It's definitely got some bite. Reminds me of the aftertaste of a good steak with red wine.

    This one needs some water (it's 60% alcohol otherwise), but with the right amount is pure delight. I'm a huge Islay fan, so this is out of my usual comfort zone, but well worth it. This now sits next to the Ardbeg Uigeadail as my favorite Scotch (I can't say which I like better because it's such an apples-to-oranges comparison). I didn't try this for quite some time because I was afraid to invest in a bottle that I might not like, but now this will be a constant in my Scotch cabinet.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    8850/99
    Color
    Intimidating red
    Nose
    Medicinal and extremely masculine.
    Body
    Subtle body but don't let it fool you. This is one gritty whisky.
    Palate
    Vanilla sweetness barely creeps up but the alcohol conquers. Truly for the alcohol veteran. Not for the weak indeed.
    Finish
    You just got sucker punched and met your your match at the bar. Suddenly, your going for round two. Hot, heavy, and intense. Speysider Monster in the mist.

    I think I might need some extra work on this one. I wasn't able to adjust on the flavor. I'm the type of person that enjoys his whisky's nice and neat, but this one really needs some water... The flavor is absent considering all you taste is the alcohol...

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Carl Hagen

    9950/99
    Color
    Copper
    Nose
    Maple Syrup with a hint of perhaps mandarin. I don't detect much peat or smoke here, just enough to round out the sweetness. None of the harshness that one would expect from the high alcohol content.
    Body
    Thick, syrupy and sensual. The smoothness is not to be believed. Liqueur like! More like I would expect a much older whisky to be.
    Palate
    Maple Syrup again! I love the sweetness, and I would like to pour it all over my pancakes! No excessive alcohol flavours. Very sophisticated and very expensive. If somobody told me they had paid hundreds of dollars, I would believe it. Pure bliss!
    Finish
    Smoooooth, all the way down. A beautiful, rich sweetness lingers in the mouth. No unpleasant alcohol aftertaste or dryness.

    Superlative! This is how I have always dreamed that a prohibitively expensive dram would taste. This supersedes any fantasies I have had about perfect whisky. This is pure luxury, unexcelled. I will dream of this at night, and I must have a dram before I go to bed at night!

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    9250/99
    Color
    Dark Reddish brown
    Nose
    At 60% alcohol even the nose can burn so I often added a little bit of water to this scotch. Upon first opening this one up it gave off a sweet apple aroma. The bit of water brings out light light smoke.
    Body
    It is full bodied and gives you an enjoyable numbness of the tongue.
    Palate
    It was very complex having flavors of apple, sherry, smoke and butter.
    Finish
    It is a little bit sweet and produces a nice burning tingle. What is especially great about the finish is the smokiness. The spice of the smoke flavor is wonderful because it is not overly peaty.
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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Insinuendo

    9150/99
    Color
    The robe is dark sherry, with brownish tints. Wood.
    Nose
    A fruity and spicy nose. Smells actually quite like a dessert. Hints of vanilla, root beer, candied cinnamon, dried plum, dark maple. I could go on for pages this nose is so complex and layered.
    Body
    The body is silky rich.
    Palate
    The attack is immediate and intense. Hot and spicy, it reminds me of the small, hard candy red fish my grandma used to eat that tasted of candied cinnamon. Many things are happening as I taste this. There is a certain oaky, toasted taste as it hits the midpalate.
    Finish
    The back end is hot spicy, smoky, sweet tingly and slightly bitter at the tail end. The end is tremendously long. Adding a drop of water brings out the typical single malt aroma, less potent and more fruity. The maple is still rather obvious.

    (Batch 28)This is a superior malt. I recommend this to any and every dead serious malt conoisseurs, and all those seeking new horizons and barriers to transgress.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Anonymous

    8950/99
    Color
    Copper
    Nose
    Almost like pure maplewater with a kick
    Body
    Light to medium in body but smooth as silk for the digestion when taken without water - the only way
    Palate
    a marvellous blend of seetness with adequate spice & earthy tones
    Finish
    you know you've taken a good saple of this as it does hang around for a considerable time.....very smooth with it however

    I've been introducing my Friends in Canada to this exceptional cask strength for approxiamtely 10 years. without exception, evryone I have introduced tis to is now fully aware of how a cask single malt should taste. Can't much more about it really other than although difficult to find int he Montreal area (only due to the increased patronage to the stuff locally) it maintains a constant presence in my bar. Good stuff.....

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Slinky

    9150/99
    Color
    Nearly copper (batch 26)
    Nose
    Solid Sherry with caramel overtone. Even people that don't like whiskey find this it appealing.
    Body
    Very powerful, very smooth, does vary by batch.
    Palate
    Wraps your tongue with a swath of caramel with sherry and a bit of vanilla for me.
    Finish
    The finish is delightfully long, especially after a couple of sips and your tongue is coated. Lasts for minutes there after.

    Again, I hate diluting these marvelous super liquids. Very little peat in this dessert-like malt but it goes great with smoke, fruits and smoked meats and cheeses. It's a staple in my bar.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by MP

    9550/99
    Color
    Dark Bronze
    Nose
    Apple, Honey, Cherry, Peat
    Body
    Full bodied
    Palate
    Pistachio, Apples, Cherries.
    Finish
    Surprisingly short finish... cool and tidy. smooth.

    This review refers to a 60.6% strength, batch 26. Strong on the sherry, and absolutely delicious, slightly sweet, just "melts" on your tongue. An excellent strong, flavourful and smooth whisky. I suggest drinking it neat at 60%, diluting this whisky does not do many favours, some of the aromas are just not as appealing after a dash of water. For the pipesmokers, I felt this whisky went very well with a pipeful of Samuel Gawith's Brown no.4 rope tobacco.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by ColoradoDram

    8850/99
    Color
    Dark dark amber.
    Nose
    Sherry, sherry, lamp oil/citronella candle, spicy ginger.
    Body
    Super-oily, ethereal, immediate numbing if not reduced.
    Palate
    Burned/toasted raisins, hot Thai ginger dish, sherry throughout.
    Finish
    Burning hot, but amazingly smooth. Obviously long at 59.6 ABV. Even reduced down to 48% this dram lasts an hour.

    Batch 16 (sorry I hadn't seen the separate Batch 16 listing before reviewing here). I suggest a neat nosing. Then reduce this one to 48-50% ABV (if your tongue is not up to the task) to enjoy a nutty grape time that doesn't sacrifice all malt. Not as complex as Glenfarclas 105, but a nudge above overall, IMHO.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by TheDippMann

    9250/99
    Color
    Like damp sand
    Nose
    Reminds me of a wet night.
    Body
    Heavy
    Palate
    Sweet like fruit, very similar to mandarin oranges.
    Finish
    Very warm and tingly. Satisfying!

    A surprisingly spectacular whiskey. Being 120 proof, it is incredibly smooth. The flavor is rich and doesn't leave me wanting one bit. I would recommend any day as one to at least try once! Everybody (even non whisky drinkers!) that I have introduced this to has taken to it quite well.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Mandrake

    9250/99
    Color
    Deep copper
    Nose
    Orange peel and butter. Cherry and roses.
    Body
    Full and weighty. Creamy.
    Palate
    Absolute sherry monster, lots of fruit. Woody as well, oak just piles on. Sweet orange.
    Finish
    Long and warming

    Absolutely extraordinary cask strength, I love everything about it.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Fyoder

    8450/99
    Color
    not quite new penny
    Nose
    fruity, sweet, cherry
    Body
    sparky
    Palate
    spiced wine,iodine,sweet and salty, damn fine
    Finish
    very long and warm

    Happy xmas, very warm, jolly good. Don't recommend watering it, even though cask strength.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Tum

    9050/99

    One of the best. An extrordinary single malt.

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    Aberlour a'bunadh
    Review by Rich

    8350/99
    Nose
    Too much alcohol to enjoy its nose without water. So I add a bit. Wow, this IS a sherry monster. Sherry and something almost of the sea. Or even meaty? Not at all in a bad way. After a few seconds it almost smells like a rye.
    Body
    Some guts.
    Palate
    Big sherry, reminds me of an old school Macallan. Some vanilla and pepper which carry through to the finish and intensify. Bring it down enough and you can almost taste Rye, which I know there is not. Something in the sherry wood perhaps?
    Finish
    Lingering sweetness.

    Batch 15. I think perhaps I am liking the proverbial "sherry monsters" less than I did when I started with malt, a few years ago. Wish there was more complexity, more balance here. I want some malt in my malt, if you know what I mean. That being said, it is still nice. Note: I am going to give it two extra points for how wonderful the glass smells after it was finished. A bit more complextiy would have helped, perhaps, but this is the price a malt pays for intense sherry, at times.

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