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Aberlour A'bunadh

She's a Beauty, that A'bunadh

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@UisgeJonReview by @UisgeJon

16th Jan 2013


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This bugger was batch 40. Judging by the reviews on this site, it looks like I need to seek out some different batches and experience the lot of 'em!

60%. Are you kidding me? Taking a seat at one of my favorite bars to try new Whiskies, I pulled up their menu. When I saw the A'bunadh (Ah-BOON-uh), after reading such raving revues regarding it, I had to give it a go. And boy do I love this dram.

First and foremost, I normally don't comment on the color too often, but this color was stunning, especially considering that it is the natural color. A deep, deep hue of brown and amber. I just love the look of this spirit in the glass.

Nose: Stunningly good. I pulled this dram in somewhat gingerly given the 60% ABV, but there wasn't a single thing offputing about this nose. It was marvelous. Fire, heat, campfire smoke, dark fruits, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg... gorgeous.

Palate: What a big, fiery personality!! Very robust. It hits the palate with warmth, brown sugar, with this gorgeous spicy sherry that comes straight from the first-fill Oloroso Sherry casks. Even some chocolate, giving an awesome depth to this spirit. This dram is enchanting. I love this!

Finish: Fantastic, it just keeps coming back with heat, big personality, cherry, vanilla, sherry, and more spice. I couldn't help but smile the whole way through this dram.

Unbelievable. A must. A favorite. I can confidently stand by my scoring on this Whisky and list this right up there for the best Whisky I have had thus far.

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BlissInABarrel commented

Great review! Time to buy a bottle of it!!

10 years ago 0

UisgeJon commented

I fully agree with you. This will definitely be my next purchase!

10 years ago 0

GregLogan commented

Jon - I am curious how long you have been drinking whisky and say how many bottles - a hundred, two hundred? I am curious - I am pretty new to this - I have gone through roughly 25 bottles this last year. Needless to say, my views and reviews have changed dramatically - and, I expect they will in the next single year when I add 100% of whisky time to my life (though, sadly, drinking it straight does take a toll on the oral tissues.... and slows the pace of research.... damn...

I will look forward, however, to the the one remaining A'Bunagh that I have remaining - maybe in a year - or slightly more. I will see what my perspectives - and now I am somewhat willing to open with water - the desert can be fantastic!!

10 years ago 0

PeatyZealot commented

Hmmmm, sounds delicious, this review makes me want to run to the shop and get one from what little money theres left! Good job, but you´re making life difficult! ;) Uigedail, Abunadh or Laga 12 for the next big bottle?

10 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Of those three, A'Bunadh is the most versatile. Peat haters will love it, and peat lovers will also love it because though unprepared, it is still darn fine scotch.

10 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Oops, darn iPad spell checker. I meant unpeated.

10 years ago 0

UisgeJon commented

Thanks for the conversation! All 3 are delightful bottles, but in my opinion I would go to the A'bunadh. The heat gives it the full personality of a peated Scotch, but for those that don't like peat of still offers some sweetness and fruit that makes it approachable. Just a stunning whisky!

10 years ago 0

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