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Aberlour A'Bunadh / Batch 61

Melted Hard Candies

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

23rd Jan 2019

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  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    89

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This is my first dram since Dec 31st. I took a break after the holidays for the sake of moderation. I was cutting a piece of stollen and thought A'bunadh would go great with it. Thus ends the break. Let's do a review before the stollen messes up my palate.

Batch 61, bottle opened about 3 months and 80% full. Neat in a glencairn. I take small sips due to the proof.

Nose: Alcoholic berry pancake syrup. Cherries, almond, barley, dark chocolate and ginger. Lot's of dark fruit, specifically plum, blackberry and dark cherry. Mmm.

Palate: Thick mouthfeel. Ginger (first time for me tasting ginger in whisky.) Cherry, plum, blackberry. Boozy syrup. Melted alcoholic fruit hard candies! That's the perfect comparison. Some coco powder and chocolate as well.

Finish: Boozy, thick dark fruit finish.

Overall: I'm a big fan of A'bunadh. I have had previous batches as well and am impressed with the consistent quality of this cask strength sherry monster. Perfect dram for these frigid days we have been having. Bundle up, have a sip, and let A'bunadh warm you up.

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11 comments

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

I dig the review. But Connosr gave me an error when I tried to click the heart, and I got this fun little result:

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Thanks for the review. A’Bunadh always hits the spot. Have you had Springbank 10? I find that one has a fairly prominent ginger note in the middle of the palate’s flavour development......

And there it is; the most pretentious thing I’ve written today. laughing

2 months ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Nozinan I’m closer to Midland than Orillia. Lots of pretension in Midland. wink

2 months ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@OdysseusUnbound - I've read lots worse! Not from you, I should quickly add!

@casualtorture - Ginger's one of those notes I get in lots of whiskys, a bit like lemon. I feel I overuse it as a tasting note but then I drink whisky and think 'yeah, that's ginger' so would be being pretentious to try to call it anything else . . . especially if it's a fairly prominent ginger note in the middle of the palate’s flavour development grin

2 months ago 3Who liked this?

@NamBeist
NamBeist commented

I have bought a bottle of Glenfarclas especially distilled for Van Wees in the Netherlands which has a very strong ginger flavour.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

@casualtorture nice review and a great whisky to begin with after a period of abstinence.

A'bunadh remains fairly consistent in it's quality level and has this kind of dry,spicy profile I haven't gotten much in other cask strength sherry bombs, it's almost like a high proof bourbon in the way it behaves on the palate.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@cricklewood Interesting comparison. Maybe I should go compare this with one of my ECBP. For science.

2 months ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

@casualtorture do it for science!!

BTW PM me when you get a chance as I have a science experiment I wish to discuss.

2 months ago 0

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