Aberlour

a'bunadh

ABV 59.6%
REVIEWED Issue 3, Issue 7
Specifications
Brand: Aberlour
Expression: a'bunadh
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 59.6%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Editor's Choice
Issue 18
Recommended
Issue 3
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Aberlour Distillery, High Street, Aberlour, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Heavier and oakier than the age suggests but with a big, waxy, sherry note offering a cleaner, richer dimension.
Palate: Quite massive with a big sherry surge that breaks against a big malt middle and delicious spices.
Finish: Long, magnificently oaky and proud. Some cocoa and sherry fight for the finish but intertwine.
Comment: Wow!! Who would have thought a mere Speysider could offer such personality and depth?
9.0
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Sherry, mint, pralines. Luxurious.
Palate: Very rich and creamy, with just a hint of mint and cherries behind.
Finish: Nougat, cherry brandy, ginger, faint smoke. Definitely an afterdinner whisky.
Comment: A dark, luxurious, post-prandial whisky from a distillery that is producing an increasing, and impressive range.
8.5
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Incredibly aromatic, thanks partly to a subtle peatiness. The sherry notes are concentrated and there is massive fruit ranging from mango to apples. Enormous.
Palate: The sherry tries to dominate but fails. Peppery spices, lightly smoked malt, clean sherry mingling with paw-paw and a vague nuttiness.
Finish: Long, clean sherry, hints of citrus fruit and cocoa. The peppers linger.
Comment: Surprising complexity; very, very good.
8.5
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Sherry, mint, pralines. Oakier (and smokier?) than the earlier version of a'bunadh.
Palate: Very rich, and creamy. Cherries. Ginger.
Finish: Nougat, cherry-brandy, ginger, fragrant smoke.
Comment: Darker, drier and more spicily assertive than the earlier version, despite only a slight difference in ages.
8.5
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