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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.