A'Bunadh Batch 45
Batch 45 of the mighty Aberlour a'Bunadh. Matured in Oloroso butts and bottled at natural cask strength without chill filtration, the high standard Aberlour maintain across these batches is admirable. Highly recommended.
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.
Best I've Ever Had
Jan of Sweden
A few drops of water and its the best value of money there is in this price level!
25th January 2015
Up until now...
Bliss in a bottle
21st January 2015
Up until now, I've been a Balvenie fan. but this is terrific.
8th January 2015
I have had many single malts - Oban, Lagavulin, Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, McCallum, Dahlwinie, Talisker. This is the best I've ever had - it is complex, smooth, flavorful, and decadent.
If you don't have it, get it.
4th January 2015
simply the best
Sherry and Spice
This is hands down the best single malt I have had and I have had a lot. Incredibly smooth and robust. Drink it neat.
3rd December 2014
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
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