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Batch #28 (First tasting)
The colour is really nice; a brooding dark copper. On the nose you immediately get hit with sherry and dark chocolate/cocoa powder. Binding these major notes together are treacle, leather and maraschino cherries. Very nice indeed.
On the mouth it's all dry sherry and very intense. A real mouth-filling explosion. There's definitely a bite in terms of alcohol, but it's spicy and warming.
As it slides down the throat, you'll be left with a lingering finish of sherry and toffee.
If you've tried the Aberlour 10yo, just imagine an incredibly intense version of it and you have the A'bunadh. It's the easiest way to describe it. They both share the same cocoa/dark chocolate and sherry notes on the nose, but the A'bunadh is richer in every way in terms of smell and palate, plus a little more.
Don't let the 59.7% ABV fool you into thinking you need to be pouring water into your glass to get the most out of the A'Bunadh. This is a cask strength whisky that can be very easily enjoyed neat. Personally I found that adding water actually detracted from the overall enjoyment of this fine dram.
What more can I say, this is an incredibly warming sherry and dark chocolate elixir.