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Aberlour A'bunadh

Batch 45, the most elegant yet

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@mattbergReview by @mattberg

11th Sep 2013

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I've been drinking A'bunadh for about three years fro about batch 32. This batch 45 is I think the most balanced, complex and interesting I've tasted.

I've added two teaspoons of water and left for 20 mins. The nose is full of almonds, raspberries, melon, marzipan, barley sugar and sherry. Gone are the rubbery sulphur blasts that were in earlier bottles, just a sweet fruit almond sherry.

The arrival is softer and silkier than earlier bottles, with a light oily coating of marzipan again, more almonds, nutmeg, oranges, oak, a light liquorice and dark chocolate raisin spice finish. Reminds me of a fine aged Cognac.

This is an excellent whisky at great price punching well above it's weight.

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7 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I am very envious. I have a bottle waiting for my 45 th birthday. Still many months to go. Won't be any left to get a spare by the time I decide I like it. But what can I do? They release it faster than I can drink it...

5 years ago 0

@mattberg
mattberg commented

If you can find an older batch try that first, it's an interesting and engaging malt

5 years ago 0

@teebone673
teebone673 commented

Picked up a bottle of batch 45 last night. Will be opening soon. Last batch I finished was 34. Look forward to comparing. Thanks for the review.

5 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

I've tried the 32 33, 34,38 and 44. I have many others (27,28,35,36,37,42,45). I bout the 44 to open on my 44th birthday and I did the same with the 45. Sadly, while my birthday was only a few days or weeks after the 44, I have to wait many months before I can do a 45 on my 45th...

I know I'm missing an opportunity to buy more if I like it, but I have so much backlog I'll never drink it all, and I'm sure there will be more batches that are great in the future.

5 years ago 0

Simewiz commented

I followed exactly the same procedure last night and was overjoyed to get a nose-ful of marzipan! On my previous nosing of this I'd only really picked up peaches so this was a real delight! Thanks for the review!

5 years ago 0

@mattberg
mattberg commented

Yeah it's good stuff... damp and autumn like in London tonight, fair chance that I'll be pouring a glass

5 years ago 0

@leomitch
leomitch commented

I just received a bottle from batch 45! This is excellent and you are right,On the nose: marzipan and sweet sherry. I also get dark fruit cake, burnt brown sugar and oddly just a whisper of the famous Cherry Blossom Chocolate bars I used to eat as a kid. I tame down the lovely devils in the drink with two or three spoonfuls of water. This is a smooth drink and I love it. I don't get the licorice but definitely marzipan and a suspicion of orange. Who could ask for more. I gave this a 94 without hesitation. My hat is off to the master distiller who put this together! Leo

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