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Aberlour A'bunadh

The Giant

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@dbkReview by @dbk

4th Nov 2010

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Perhaps some will think yet another review of the Aberlour A’bunadh is unnecessary, but I find there is something about this dram that commands sufficient respect as to warrant it. So here’s my take on batch No. 28 of Aberlour’s cask strength giant that is the A’bunadh.

The nose is rubbery, and utterly delicious. It delivers creamy apple tart tatin, raisins, butterscotch, and sherry. There are distinct hints of maple syrup and dark roast coffee. I could bathe in this nose.

The palate again trumpets sherry, raisins, and thick, creamy caramel. It is beautifully malty and hot, with a rich, creamy custard character. Raisins dawdle on the tongue. Sweet, aggressive, and generous, the Aberlour A'bunadh is perhaps the best way to keep warm on a cool winter’s eve.

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17 comments

@LeFrog
LeFrog commented

Another Aberlour A'bunadh review?!

Only kidding, it can't be said enough times how good this stuff is :)

9 years ago 0

@jdcook
jdcook commented

Nothing wrong with several reviews of the same product. And especially when you consider that the Aberlour A'bunadh is the king of the special bottlings. I've yet to hear of a batch that wasn't excellent.

9 years ago 0

@LeBudfrumHull
LeBudfrumHull commented

I agree with LeFrog, it really is one of the top Single Malts available. A very impressive dram.

9 years ago 0

@lucadanna1985
lucadanna1985 commented

shame on you all!!! You literally obliged me to order a bottle today!

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Them's the risks of being a member of the Connosr community, @lucadanna1985! So long as you don't go out and start hocking your valuables for whisky, you'll be fine.

9 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman commented

If you liked Batch #28, wait till you try #29. Wow! This is the best A'bunadh since #5 (my all time favourite) and it shares a lot of the better characteristics especially the smoky, deep raisiny character,the butterscotch and the overall superb sherry driven balance.

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

New glasses, new note: I detect the unabashed character of red pepper jelly on the nose. A pleasing new dimension to this beautiful whisky!

9 years ago 0

@WPT
WPT commented

@dbk I must buy bottle and try a shot or two to make sure. I'm expecting this product to be as good or better as all of the reviews and comments make it out to be. Heck, I haven't got passed the pronunciation yet. Still working on that. Thank you for your time reading this comment.

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Hi @WPT, and welcome to Connosr! The A'bunadh (pronounced Ah-Boon-Ah, or something like it) really is a grand whisky. I recommend you make great haste and try a taste soon!

9 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I just tried the 3/4 A'bunadh 1/4 Uiegeadail mix again and confirmed to myself that it results in a great dram. Added another 1/4 measure of water and it really settled into a very satisfying experience. This is also a very good way to make the much more expensive Uiegeadail last a lot longer, although the Oogie really should also be enjoyed all by itself.

9 years ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

OOps, I just looked at the bottle. It's spelled Uigeadail.

9 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

I always thought the name was pronounced: "Ah-Boo-Nawd". However, the whisky expert at the largest liquor store in the area (probably the whole state of Texas, if not the U.S.) says the pronunciation is: "Ah-Boon-dah". Weird...

9 years ago 0

@Abunadhman
Abunadhman commented

@dbk, Your pronunciation is correct 'Ah-boon-ah'; as is pronounced at the distillery. The pronunciation of Aberlour rhymes with 'Flower' ditto distillery-speak.

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

@jwise, believe it or not, many genuine experts can't get a handle on the proper pronunciation of their own technical jargon. As it turns out, expertise in a subject is not well correlated with expertise in the phonemes of foreign languages ; )

That said, I didn't know the pronunciation with great certainty. I followed how I've heard Scots say it, and what I could find online. Thanks to @A'bunadhman, our nominal expert—bad pun, sorry—for confirming this.

9 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

Is the emphasis put on the "Ah" or the "Boon"? I would think the "Ah".

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

If you're still unsure, listen to Ralfy's pronunciation for a hint: www.youtube.com/watch

It's quite an early review for Ralfy: review #3, back when they were much briefer (though I like his lengthier reviews, with all their great information). Cough mixture from Heaven, indeed!

9 years ago 0

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