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Aberlour 6 YO That Boutique-y Whisky Company Batch 8

That Boutique-y Advent Calendar 2019-05

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

17th Jan 2020

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Aberlour produces one of my favourite expressions - A’Bunadh. This whisky helped me start my whisky journey back in 2011. I quickly snapped up all the OBs I could get. Luckily I didn’t open them all. I found the 18 lost its zip after 6 months, I tried the 16 from someone else and “meh”, and I divested myself of the 10 and 12 before more damage could be done. In the last few years I’ve learned to appreciate lower proof whiskies and I wonder if I would have enjoyed them more now.

So when I saw that it was included in a heavily discounted whisky advent calendar, it helped to solidify my decision to buy the set.

I’ve never tried such a young Aberlour, and there is no mention of the type of cask used.

This expression is reviewed in a Brilliant Highland Whisky Glass in my usual manner, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.


I have to say that while I know that colour doesn’t matter, this is probably the palest single malt I have ever seen. It is almost colourless.

Nose: 12/25

Very weak nose. If I really dig my nose in I start getting some fruits but can’t quite make out what they are. It is spirity. There is a vegetal note, some sort of solvent? Very disappointing nose. Water brings out the nose a little. On the fence about whether that helps.

Taste:18/25

This is a rough whisky. It is sweet on the arrival, with a bitterness in the development. The flavours are overwhelmed by the bitterness and I can’t make them out. Water sweetens it a bit and tones down the bitterness. I get some vanillins. (19/25)

Finish: 14/25

Even more bitter. Water rescues it by shortening the finish and removing some bitterness. (17/25)

Balance: 12/25

I don’t even know what to say. Can it be balanced if there is nothing there?

Score: Neat - 56/100 With Water: 60/100


SO DISAPPOINTING Aberlour! So disappointing, Boutique-y Whisky company! On their website an earlier batch is 23 YO. They should have used that one.

It almost makes me wonder if by accident they bottled the cleaner that they flush through the system between bottling runs.

Ok, this is no Lambertus, but this is even worse than the fake A’Bunadh I was poured at a fancy establishment a few years ago.

I have to repeat myself - SO DISAPPOINTING!

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6 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

Yikes. You have to wonder why they would choose something that bad to include in their advent calendar. As far as Aberlour goes, A’Bunadh is really all you need.

10 months ago 3Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

But how do you really feel about this whisky? stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

10 months ago 1Who liked this?

@CanadianNinja
CanadianNinja commented

‘....this is even worse than the fake A’Bunadh I was poured at a fancy establishment a few years ago.’

Wtf!?? I want to hear that story!

10 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@CanadianNinja

Many years ago I was at a dinner at a fancy cricket club in Toronto. I saw a bottle of my, at the time, favourite whisky, A’Bunadh, behind the bar. I asked and they told me it was batch 28. I was excited. I took a picture of the bottle. I ordered a dram.

At my table, it looked a bit pale and tasted a bit not like an A’Bunadh.

When I got home, I looked at my unopened bottle of batch 28 and the colour was very off.

I was pleased with myself for being able to tell, and pissed off with the club. I notified them and asked them to contact the LCBO to have it analyzed for toxins and I asked for a refund. They claim to have removed it from the bar but they did not do anything else.

10 months ago 2Who liked this?

@CanadianNinja
CanadianNinja commented

That’s nuts @Nozinan.

Good for you for having noticed! Something like that would be unheard of here in Japan.

Well.... that’s not entirely true actually. At a regular drinking bar/whisky bar or restaurant, it would be highly unlikely and totally unthinkable at a high-end establishment. At places like ‘hostess clubs’ it’s common, but everyone knows they do it....

By the way, I have a bottle of A’bunadh Batch 8 that has been sitting in my collection for quite some time. I’m really considering opening it up in the near future....

10 months ago 3Who liked this?

Wierdo commented

The problems with this whisky clearly go much further than just cask. But looking at the colour it's not been in a Sherry cask and as I mentioned in my review of the 16 year old bourbon cask SMWS Aberlour which I found a tad disappointing. Some whiskies just don't suit certain casks. I think Abelour needs to have been in a sherry cask.

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