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Aberlour A'bunadh

Batch 45 - Sherry Bilss!

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@MistyReview by @Misty

20th Dec 2013


Aberlour A'bunadh
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Rarely do I write reviews, but after watching markjedi's whiskey ramblings, I just felt inspired to contribute.

Aberlour A'bunadh batch 45 (cask strength (60.2% ABV)) is truly a stunning dram, especially considering the price point. It's so good; it's the first time I have brought a case of whiskey. I often feel let down by supposed sherry monsters, but not with this one. It’s better than batch 24, which for me, used to be the reference point.

It’s a NAS, but who cares when it’s this good.

Nose: It’s all sherry, cinnamon, cloves, caramel and other wonderful Christmas things.

Palate: Explosion of sherry laden Christmas cake, caramel and beautiful oak spices of clove, star anise and cinnamon.

Finish: Short on the spices and oak (not complex).

Effect: 3 drams and I feel all happy and warm, like slipping into a hot bath on a cold winter’s night. The next morning, it is as if I was drinking nothing more nefarious than warm milk. Fantastic. In direct comparison, 3 drams of Longrow-Burgundy Finish leaves me feeling quite rough. I appreciated this is purely subjective!

Ageing: Open bottles age well. Neither better nor worse for oxidation in the short term.

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Misty commented

Great, my first review here and I can't even spell 'bliss'.


10 years ago 0

GotOak91 commented

Lol its ok most people will read it as bliss, I did. Good choice for a 1st review. I've always wanted to find one of the A'bunadh batches. As I love the Aberlour 12 DC and 16 DC.

10 years ago 0

Misty commented

Thanks GotOak!

Batch 45 really is the master. I've the glenfarclas 105 20 year old open too. But I'm always drawn to the 45. Real feel good feel factor after a couiple of drams...

10 years ago 0