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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 50

(70cl, 59.6%)

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 50

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Aberlour A'Bunadh #50 Bottling Note

Fifty. Five tens. Two twenty-fives. Half of a hundred. However you put it, that's a heck of a lot of well Sherried single malts from Aberlour's excellent a'Bunadh series. Batch 50 is another great edition, with a sturdy ABV (59.6% for this batch) and oodles of spice and dark fruit notes after being matured in Oloroso Sherry butts.

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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 50 Reviews

Batch 50

Hmm - I'm really not sure of this one - straight from the bottle is overpowering and unpleasant.
Heaps of water and yes, spice, marmalade sweet and smooth - I'm getting it now - I think this one improves from 1/3 of water and a bit of breathing to let off the toxic flavours - and don't try it straight.
I think this is why I was struggling with it.

21st September 2016

Batch 50 vs Prior

Batch 50 is good, but not as good as the last batch I had over the holidays last year (my favorite, but I do not know its batch number).

20th September 2016


Once again the taste of chocolate with spice predominates in this batch, love it and enjoy the more subtle dry hint of sherry. A must for the drinks cabinet.

30th April 2016

Thank you "To the previous reviewer"

Thanks for your reply and honest remarks. As a Aberlour A'Bunadha new-be (I began with batch-50), my bottle of batch-50 tastes great to me. Not having tasted any other batches, how would I know any different? But knowing that batch-50 was "off the mark" and that other batches are better is actually really exciting. I am looking forward to opening my bottles of batch-45 and batch-49 as well as to trying other acquired batches. I can only imagine how good they must be. I am excited and looking forward to finding and tasting other batches. It is going to be a great journey and experience. I completely agree with you that the Aberlour distillery is top shelf. I very recently found and purchased a bottle of their basic 10-year that had been sitting on a shelf since 2005. It was so good and brought back such fond memories.

14th April 2016

Reluctant convert

I'm a lover of sherried whiskies but have resisted buying NAS whiskies because it feels like a "rip-off". I really didn't want to like this as yet another example of the "no age statement" trend and yes I know that A'Bunadh has been going on since 1997. It is though, I have to admit, absolutely fantastic and could well be my new favourite daily tipple. It definitely benefits from adding a little water (I use Evian from glass bottles). Superbly balanced, rich, spicy, smooth, long finish and with that strong sherry aroma I love. Knocks the socks off anything in the Macallan 1824 range most of which are pretty cloying by comparison. If you also like this, you might also want to try The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso OLO614 or Edradour 15yrs The Fairy Flag.

12th April 2016

To the previous review

I began with early 30's batches. Made my way through the 40's and now with as much respect as ever before into the 50's. Batch 50 was completely off the mark. So much so I couldn't believe they released it. However, Aberlour more than redeemed itself with batch 52 to present. This distillery is Top shelf and holds a place in my heart. I look forward to many more releases.

2nd April 2016

I began with batch 50

I began with batch 50, after an old fling with the Aberlour 10-year. (When it comes to scotch, Aberlour rules; it's my favorite.) I've read that there are issues with certain batches and that some batches are better than others, but this batch 50 is pretty darn good. In fact, it's pretty awesome. (And the friends I shared it with would say the same.) I have unopened bottles of the batch 45 and batch 49 waiting in the wings. From their reviews, I can only imagine how good they will be. And there is a local spirit shop that still has four bottles of the batch 50 on the shelf. I think I may have to scoop them up.

19th March 2016

That's the Beauty.....

The divergence of sweet and heat come together to make something special. This whiskey is a bargain. I'm going to buy two each year, one to enjoy, and one to collect!

17th January 2016

So good

I like it very much ........

30th October 2015



6th October 2015

Nice one!

Just bought and tried for the first time. Although alcoholic content is so high you really don't feel like it's got almost 60%. I tried with water and without-both ways are fine. After some time in a glass there's caramel aroma which i did not notice at the beginning. And the after-taste with strong cask influence is lingering for a long time- and i enjoyed it )

21st August 2015

Sherry Good

I'm fond of speyside whisky and sherried whisky, so this one is win win for me. Really intense sherry, I add a fair bit of water due to the strength and it opens up nicely. Normally I stick to age statement whiskies, however, I made the exception here and I'll always have a bottle of a'bunadh on my whisky shelf. Great value for money!

20th August 2015

Best yet

Maybe there are inconsistencies between barrels, but for me #50 trumped 39,44,47&49.... The sherry is slightly more pronounced in this one, but it has a very smooth body and long spicy sweet finish.

24th July 2015

Very nice

Just poured the last drops from my 3rd bottle of the 50. I add a splash of good, chilled water, but no ice. (Nothing against ice, I just like my first sip to be the same as my last.) Supremely smooth. I was previously a Balvenie Caribbean Cask fan (yes, I have a sweet tooth), but this one has lured me away.

12th June 2015

Not as Good As Batch 49

Lacked the complexity compared to batch 49 and sherry notes are far too pronounced,although it has praline notes it is missing subtleties and my much loved creme brullee hints.
for me subjectively batch 49 - 9/10 batch 50 - 6.9/10

11th June 2015


When I see that name, I always get a bottle. Three things about it, that never fail: 1) It's huge. 2) It's very heavily sherried. 3) It's sure to get a reaction! I've enjoyed A'bunadh since it's inception. I let it breathe until the overwhelmingly winey nose settles down, then add good quality water- it holds up to a substantial amount. Some whiskies really benefit from adding water, while others, I prefer neat. I like this two.

22nd May 2015

Cherry marmelade

Really good whisky.
Quite strong on the nose, it really opens up with a bit of water.
Sherry, sweet orange marmalade, a bit of a wooden sauna. It tastes a bit young perhaps.

9th April 2015

To much sherry...

Its strong, typical speysider with a thick layer of sherry. To much sherry if u ask me. Reminds me of glendronach alladice.
Although I enjoy sherry whiskys like Glendronach and benriach sherry matured...this was too one dimmensional. To much sweetness and sherry.

14th March 2015


I've got three bottles on the go at the moment. This is one of the three, a Laphroig 10 and a Lagavulin 16 the other two, this one more than holds its own.

Sweet, with a chocolatey caramel flavour. Honey & Rum&Raisin through the nose. Lovely after letting a chunk of ice melt into it.

6th March 2015

First Timer

Just purchased two bottles. One for now. One for later.

21st February 2015


I enjoyed it but it was hard work drinking...

18th February 2015

Sorry nowhere near as good as batch 49

No, a rather rough taste, really heavy rather than the more sophisticated palette of batch 49. Will not be returning to this one.

4th February 2015


so delicious perfect

17th January 2015



16th January 2015


Wow, very very good. Got very sweet notes. I am going to buy much more of this!

15th January 2015

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