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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 58

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

11th Sep 2020


Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 58
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Promotional materials and the internet rumour mill state that every batch of A'Bunadh contains whiskies from 5 to 25 years old. Is most of the whisky closer to 5 or 25 years old, you ask? Nobody knows for sure. Since it sells for abour $99 here in Ontario, I'd guess there isn't much in the way of whiskies older than 14 or 15 years old in the vattings. I'm not a fan of secrecy, nor do I appreciate the possibly misleading age range but ultimately smell, taste, and texture are what matter most.

Tasting notes

(tasted neat from a Highland whisky glass)

  • Nose: cinnamon, raisins, dates, brown sugar, toffee, oak, some orange zest
  • Palate: rich, full-bodied, toffee, raisins, oak, cinnamon buns, a hint of cherries
  • Finish: long, oak-forward, dark chocolate, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts
  • Random thoughts: this is a really “clean” malt. Nary a hint of sulphur. It’s a touch hot, but you’d never guess this is 61.1% abv. It’s rich, fruity, and sweet, yet it's also quite oaky. Absolutely delicious. Better than the last batch I had (Batch 53). This batch of A'Bunadh is enjoyable neat, and it can also handle a good bit of water. I find it a bit less oak-driven with water added, with the fruitiness taking centre stage. I even had a pour or two served over a large ice sphere, and it was actually really good. Please don't revoke my "whisky nerd" card. When I pitted Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 53 head to head against Glenfarclas 105, the 'farclas came out on top. That said, this batch of A'Bunadh was more complex and richer to my palate. I think Batch 58 would have knocked out the Glenfarclas.

  • Would I accept a glass of this if someone offered me one? Yes

  • Would I order this in a bar or pub? Without a doubt. This whisky is powerful enough to make you take your time and A'Bunadh is powerful enough to cut through any ambient smells.
  • Would I buy another bottle? Yes. Each batch of A'Bunadh is a bit different, but I've never had a bad one.

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Nozinan commented

Nice review.

I once ordered a dram of this from a bar at a fancy place where I was attending a dinner. It was batch 28. Well, the bottle was from batch 28. The contents were not A’Bunadh.

So no, I would not order this at a bar.

Especially since I have more than I can consume in a lifetime at home...

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@Nozinan Yeah, when I say I would order a particular whisky in a bar, I’m assuming that I would receive what I actually ordered even though we know some establishments are less honest than others.

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MRick commented

I’m still working on batch #34. I need to pick up the pace!

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Nozinan commented

@MRick are you drinking your way through every batch?

I tried, starting with 33. I bought every batch available In Ontario since then till batch 50. I was opening them when I reached that age. I can’t get through a whole bottle in a year though, and though I have a few early 50s I am now buying only milestone batches. After 54 I have 65. And I have plenty of back- batches to last me till I get there...

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MRick commented

No, I just have too many open bottles.

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chelseafcchamps commented

I have one dram of my Batch 58 left :( it’s going to be a sad day as it was my first A’Bunadh. Glad to know I started with a good one - hopefully the next batch is as good or better!

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