Would there be Aberlour a'bunadh collectors? Undoubtedly. Expensive hobby, I suppose, for Aberlour releases these frequently. They already have 58 batches. I am trying the one but last up to now, again at a sturdy ABV.
The nose holds the middle between that of batches 54 and 55: honeysweet but surprisingly soft. Again that wonderful mix of plum marmalade and grilled pineapple, upholstered with loads of butterscotch. More so than I have encountered in a’bunadh before. And a midly floral touch, as well.
On the palate, it leaves no doubt that this is a powerhouse. Very spicy (and somewhat herbal) upon arrival, but once your saliva glands get to work, a dark fruitiness emerges. Ah, the classic notes of rum raisins, fresh figs, plums and that typical drop of balsamic. Very, very good!
The finish is very long – as was to be expected – with a spiciness that slowly fades, but gives the fruit enough change to linger until the death.
It is nice to find all batches being similar, yet different enough to keep you entertained. And if whisky is that good, one can only smile. A’bunadh remains one of Aberlour’s most prized expressions. Grand whisky. Around 60 to 70 EUR.