Disappointed in the Batch 46
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Aberlour a'Bunadh Batch 46
a'Bunadh Batch 46 Details
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Whisky or Whiskey
Insider knowledge: Aberlour a'Bunadh Batch 46 whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Aberlour a'Bunadh Batch 46 whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
a'Bunadh Batch 46 Bottling Note
Batch 46 is only the second Aberlour a'Bunadh batch released in 2013 (so far), so we imagine that many fans of the series have been eagerly awaiting this delicious dram. As usual, the Aberlour a'Bunadh Batch 46 has been matured in Oloroso butts and bottled at cask strength with no chill filtration. Brilliantly sherried whisky lovers, rejoice!
Got the good bottle
very nice, a little bitter in the finish, but I like that. Sharp alchohol, but settles after 20 mins. in the glass with 1/3 water (40% alc., my taste) and then its all good.
15th June 2014
My new favourite! I met batch 46 at my son's wedding. I was hooked immediately. Found several bottles at the NSLC specialty store. At $100 a pop it is an expensive dram, but so far still worth the splash.!!
4th June 2014
One of worst batches
30th May 2014
Just met my new fav!
17th May 2014
Batch 46 is better than Batch 47
Perfect agreement / disagreement
The batch 47 seems harsher both on the palate and the nose. And it needs more water. Shame the Batch 46 is sold out.
9th May 2014
I perfectly agree with Highlander; this one *needs* a bit of water to open it up. Neat, it tastes like everclear with a cherry pixie stick mixed in. With water, well I still get mostly cherry, but it's no longer *concentrated* cherry pucker but rather warm cherry effervescence on top of a nice sherried dram.
Oddly in reference to another previous review, I also love and prefer the ardberg corry neat, and it's my favorite whisky so far in fact. But my bottle of a'Bunadh was greatly enjoyable. Note the water does take some time to mix; it tastes better 5 min after adding the water vs. immediately. (Note to self, try everclear with a cherry pixie stick and add some water).
30th April 2014
Tried it for the first time Saturday, it was great. I had added a couple of drops of water as instructed on the label to open up the flavours. It was go good, I went and bought another bottle.
15th April 2014
Fantastic dram. I enjoy it neat. Chocolate and oranges on the palate are amazing as well as cherries and dried fruit on the finish.
6th April 2014
Un corps puissant, une belle robe même s'il ne s'agit pas de vin, un moelleux, une présence, une douceur, un chocolat à apprécier en le sirotant sec sans le couper ni avec de l'eau ni avec des glaçons, en le buvant à toutes petites lampées, en le laissant fondre sur la langue, en le répandant sur le palais et dans les muqueuses de la bouche. Un alcool subtil qui nécessite d'être abordé avec délicatesse, le plus dur étant l'entrée en bouche, l'arrière-gout est très savoureux, et s'il est bien dégusté, l'entrée en matière est extrêmement douce et subtil, sans parler de ses vapeurs enivrantes lorsqu'on le renifle dans un verre à whisky...Le grand écart avec le 18 yo d'Aberlour que j'aime beaucoup aussi, pour de toutes autres raisons...Le Batch 46 est très gourmand, il n'est pas facile à apprivoiser, mais si vous lui laissez le temps, il pourrait bien vous séduire...Un alcool très intéressant, jamais fade, que ce soit en dégustation à jeun ou même avec ou après un repas épicé. Un alcool de toutes les circonstances contrairement au 18 yo. Subtil mais puissant. Fort mais onctueux.
17th March 2014
I found the Batch 46 to be unbearably harsh and alcoholic at full cask strength - even when watered down significantly it still gave me a burning bitter aftertaste. And I cannot attribute this just to the alcohol, as I have no issue with Ardbeg Corryvreckan at 57.1% ABV.
Perhaps I just got a bad bottle, but certainly my first try of Aberlour a'Bunadh would not make me want to try it again.
13th March 2014
In response to Dan Whinnie...I come from the Highlands of Scotland and have worked in a number of Distilleries over the years..It's perfectly acceptable, in fact encouraged, to add a "splash" of water to a Cask Strength Whisky and this one is no exception..!!!.. Try drinking a neat dram of heavily peated Laphraoig Cask Strength without water and see how you go Dan ??
11th March 2014
Never EVER add water to whisky, it simply stops being whisky. But definitely do not add it to this. You have an opportunity here to taste whisky in its absolute purest form; straight from the cask into your glass. Solid oak, tobacco, rum soaked cherries and fresh mint on the nose, ferocious pepper and spice on the palate (dark chocolate orange gamely fighting through), salted, smoky caramel on the finish. Incredible for the price.
4th March 2014
A bit rough, but opens up nicely with a few drops of water.