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Aberlour A'bunadh

Batch # 53

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@VictorReview by @Victor

15th Aug 2016


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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I give my thanks to @mscottydunc for the reviewed sample

Nose: big intense sharp-edged sherry with many high pitches, many medium pitches, and a few bass notes. There is lemon citrus mixed in with the dark fruits, with tart blackberry prominent among the dark fruits. This is a very good A'bunadh nose, but I have liked some much better than this one. With water, the flavours are bundled, homogenised, and very nice. Score: 22/25 points

Taste: even without water added, this batch is very homogenous in the mouth, as though cut from whole cloth. The tart quality is still there but is reduced from the level of the nose. This is a nice translation of flavours from the nose, and I like the palate slightly better than the nose. With water the flavours are bundled together. Score: 23/25

Finish: more of the same from the palate, strong and long, ending sour. With water, the bundled flavours are very nice, but fade out more quickly. Score: 22/25

Balance: good to very good throughout. Score: 21.5/25

Total Sequential Score: 88.5 points

Strength: very strong flavours throughout. Score: 23.5/25

Quality: good to very good quality of the wine flavours, which are what you taste. Score: 21.5/25

Variety: adequate variety among the wine flavours. Score: 21.5/25

Harmony: good harmony, but the nose and finish are too sour. Score: 20.5/25

Total Non-Sequential Score: 87 points

Comment: this is another very nice A'bunadh, but it is too sour for true greatness

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Nozinan commented

I won't be getting to that one for a few Years yet. It would be interesting what a month or two of air might add.

2 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Nozinan, I always think of you whenever I note the batch number of any Aberlour A'bunadh and remember that when you see the batch number that you are automatically calculating in your head how many years it will be before you allow yourself to taste any from that particular batch. Yes, I am quite eager to see whether one, two, or more months of air time will have positive influence on Batch # 53. That observation will wait for a little while, though, because this review is from a sample, and I haven't yet opened the bottle of Batch # 53 which we own.

2 years ago 0

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