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Aberlour A'bunadh

Batch 47 is a Kick-Ass whisky

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

16th Oct 2015

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Ralfy stated that Aberlour is better when it's younger. After a taste of this, the 10 and 12 yo, I'm starting to believe that. The order in scoring is the same in my book.

Batch 47 of the A'Bunadh series is a total Kick-Ass whisky. Like the movie, it combines light and rough tones. Strong character with smooth and sweet spots.

Nose: Sweet licorice in the start, fades away quickly. Rubbery with lot of sherry and oak notes. Dark and fruity, but with sweet cherry aromas.

Taste: Powerful sherry and crispy plums. Sweet oranges and some cherry notes. Combination of dark, red, sweet and crispy fruits.

Finish: Bit dry, oak dominating. Bitter aftertaste of roasted coffee. Crispy as well, like chewing some baking soda.

Balance: Even though the sherry notes are huge, I like this dram a lot. In perfect balance, not only concentrating on the sweetness as sherry matured whiskies sometimes do.

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6 comments

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Nice review. The 47 really is great!

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Wow! I am really glad that I bought 2 of these on spec.

I will open my bottle in April of next year when I turn 47. And I'll have another tucked away, maybe for when one of my children turns 47.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Kick-Ass is just the way a batch of Aberlour A'bunadh should be. Good to hear that batch # 47 makes the grade.

Thanks for your review, @Rantavahti!

@Nozinan, you know, the only way you'll ever catch up with the batches of A'bunadh is if Aberlour stops releasing new ones. You are already getting pretty far behind, and they do release more than one batch each year. In a few years the ones you'll be speaking about from your own cabinet will be from 5 years prior.

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I don't mind if I'm behind everyone else. Everyone else will salivate when they hear I'm trying an old batch.

This election will elect the 42nd parliament. I haven't yet opened my batch 42. One of my oponents is a scotch fan (actually born in Scotland) and I'm considering gifting him one of my bottles if he wins. Hopefully I'll win 2 elections from now and I can take a batch 44 with me to Ottawa.

4 years ago 0

@Rantavahti
Rantavahti commented

Thank you @Victor! And yes @Nozinan, Batch 47 is truly wonderful. A'Bunadh surely is in my checklist the next time when I'm ordering whisky. Have to get the right batch though. I noticed that Batch 50 for example, hasn't been as liked as 47 or majority of the A'Bunadhs...

4 years ago 0

@mscottydunc
mscottydunc commented

I have an open bottle of the 47, but sadly not another sealed one in my collection. I agree, it's a fantastic whisky, and the second best A'Bunadh I have tried behind the 49. If you can find the 49, I would recommend picking that one up next. Cheers.

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