Speyside Single Malt No Age Statement - 2014
World Whiskies Awards
Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Supreme Winner (Daily Dram) - 2013
Malt Maniacs Awards
Daily Dram - 2013
What's in a name? Aberlour a'Bunadh Batch 45 whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Aberlour a'Bunadh Batch 45 whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Terrific spicy sherry notes, orange rind, toasted raisins and cocoa.
Palate: More raisins, ginger, prunes, macchiato and rich oak.
Finish: Allspice, cocoa, Corinth raisins, all lingering.
Overall: Aberlour a'Bunadh is simply a classic. Consistently superlative cask strength, limited edition, sherried Speyside.
Though an Islay fan, I do enjoy other styles, and often try something new based largely on Web reviews. With glowing reviews for batch 45, just after getting a raise at work, I spent $80 for a bottle at Total Wine. Sorry all, but not my cup of tea. Sherry is too strong. Mouthful is excellent, and there's a very nice Christmas spice profile and aftertaste, but the sherry influence is too unabashed, indelicate, and dominant to allow complexity and any sense of mystery. At $80, it should leave you looking into the glass wondering how they pulled it off. If you LOVE Sherry, and I do mean love, then by all means, this is your bottle. At cask strength it holds structure with water, but I preferred it beat. There are lots of malts in the $50 range that are far better IMHO. An overrated classic.
13th September 2014
This is for 7 Nov review also. You drink it your way; I'll drink it mine.
2nd July 2014
Had some of this while in Melness Scotland last year and it has set the bar for and spoiled my palette for lesser single malt cask strength whiskys. Delicious! Not for the inexperienced, this needs to be enjoyed sans ice or water. Diminishing these flavors is a disservice to the distiller of this fine whisky. Absolutely outstanding!
20th March 2014
For 7 Nov review. Don't call this whiskey…it is whisky…no "e". Get it right!
30th December 2013
i tried this at a tasting and bought it straightaway!! opened it at home waited 5 minutes for the it to do its thing and poured a glass. with a dash of room temp water and another minute or so of warming in the hand.....WOW!!! it's a must for people that appreciate a good cask strength single malt
24th December 2013
If you put ice cubes in single malt whiskey, you should not drink single malt whiskey
7th November 2013
Now, this is strong. Best drop a couple of cubes in it and give it 5 mins. But once you get acquainted you will come back fighting time and time again. I think I like whiskey too much to be a collector. But when you see bottles discontinued you wonder 'should I have left it sealed'..... I can't see how with whiskeys that are such a tasteful experience. Jason Breen.
1st November 2013
But not the best batch I have had
18th October 2013
My husband and I toured Scotland this summer and this was the distillery we visited. We tasted batch 45 at the distillery and I bought it on the spot. Utterly delicious! I can't speak for the other batches, at least not yet...
3rd October 2013
22nd September 2013
Appearance: The bottle has a dark red amber hue, while a single serving is more of a ruddy golden brown.
Water: I added no water. I found that the smallest amount water changed the balance of this whiskyand actually made the alcohol more noticeable, and turned it completely dry.
Nose: Because of the alcohol it takes a while to open up and calm down but if you are patient and hold back it will come to you. I first got hit with a big rose blackberry sherry perfume. Then it had this wonderfully complex amalgamation of flavors: candied orange peel, with dried cranberries, raspberries, a little apricot, all melded together with a sweet honey note. Wonderfully crafted and complex. Spiked Fruitcake. Had touches of cinnamon, cocoa powder, and a smidgeon of oak pepper.
Taste: The arrival was a sweet sherry that is married well with the creamy buttery honeyd malt. The development is where all the fruity flavors above mentioned manifested itself, then it finishes with a sublime malty finish, slightly phenolic and a glancing peck of cinnamon, and rose.
Mouthfeel: oily rich and dense
Overeview: wonderfully complex and supremely well balanced my favorite right next to ardbeg corryvreckan.
Amazing! Very rich, syrupy, fruity, spicy. Roll it around your mouth and enjoy the warmth. Drink neat for the full hit or add a drop of water to make a more tame, I prefer it neat and enjoy the experience. Every single whisky drinker I have introduced this to has loved it and can't believe it can be so drinkable at 60% and only £40.
If you're already a fan, try Glenfarclas 105, a similar cask brute.
If anybody can find a better whisky for £40 or even £80, please let us all know!
9th September 2013
Wow! This is not like any other single malt I've tasted. Big, warm, expansive and radiant in the mouth. Sweet, soft and delicious! Try it first without adding water, then add some clean distilled water to help it open up and not traumatized your tongue with its high alcohol content. Even if you are not a scotch lover, I suspect you will like the A'Bunadh.
7th September 2013
This has to be one of my all time favourites from speyside. From the first smell of those intense fruity, sherry notes. I can't say much more than what has already been said, a delicious! dram.
3rd September 2013
Abalour A'Bunduh is breathtakingly delicious! On opening A'Bundah, the bouquet alone demands respect. With a good dash of water, and some time for this caramel malty goodness to open up, you won't find many a whisky that can compare to the smack in the face, irrepressible, and choplickingly good drink this one is. With a deep Sherried, cola, maple opening, A'Bundah is enough alone just to smell. On the pallet, I felt a gooey, warm, sweet maple syrup, with a smattering of dried fruits. And to end, a warm, chocolate, earthy, spicy, sherried tail, and a soft Oakes ending. My favourite whisky at the moment, and I'm sure one that will stick on my shelf for a long time. Ryan - Australia
14th August 2013
Can be very overwhelming without any added water. Could only take a sip or two. After a dash of water the aroma opens up nicely, revealing a gentle giant underneath. Deep sherriness, honey, raisins, spices, red grapefruit. A solid product with terrific value for the money.
18th July 2013
What can you say about abunadh that hasn't been said before, fantastic as always, I get hints of vanilla on the palate with just the right amount of water.
7th June 2013