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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 51

(70cl, 60.8%)

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 51

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Aberlour A'Bunadh #51 Bottling Note

Aberlour's a'Bunadh series has reached it 51st batch! As ever, this is a well Sherried single malt matured in Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts, then bottled at cask strength (for this batch, it was bottled at 60.8% ABV), resulting in masses of intense Sherried goodness. Chewy chocolate-covered-raisin notes, licks of cinnamon spice, a touch of nuttiness - it's all there. Yum.

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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 51 Reviews

Late to the party

This is a late review but I'd like to address the series, as it's a good example of what can go wrong with NAS whisky. "Trust us" say the producers, we can maintain an excellent standard without age statements and it gives us the freedom to use casks that we wouldn't otherwise be able to include. Well, in this case the NAS designation gives Aberlour the freedom to drop (run out of?) the older casks and reduce the quality over time, bringing better returns while the reputation runs on fumes.

The early batches, up to the 30s perhaps, were legendary. Wikipedia suggests that whiskies as old as 25 years were finding their way into the batches and it was a Xmas cake sherry bomb, no doubt. Smooth yet powerful. Batch 51 is a pale shadow of those releases. It is noticeably young without the long, smooth finish of yore and oddly, has a harsh tannic note that burns the throat, like a young Bourbon. How can this be? The only thing I could think of was that they were charring the insides of the casks and pressing them back into service, how else could a sherried Speysider taste like Bourbon? You may ask how can I be sure that it's not just my imagination, these batches have been released over several years? Well, I have done the comparisons between batches and my peers have also, independently, made the same observations. There is a definite trend, I'm sorry to say and this stuff is just not worth the readies any more. For years this was a showcase for what NAS could be, it is now everything we feared it could become :-(

19th December 2016

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 51 (70cl, 60.8%)

Speyside med tydliga smaker och förvånansvärt lite spritig fastän den har så hög alkoholhalt, sherrybomb!

15th November 2016

First note: Too heavy to the nose.

Beginner of smells.

16th July 2016

mifune

I am a bit conflicted about this one but I am inclined to the side that suggests it is continuation of a style, though less than 10/10, not much less. It has a lot in it. It still is sherry inside chocolate inside Christmas with a bit of sulphur...

26th January 2016

A'bunadh - Once consumed, always consumed.

Love it, now we talking cherry bombs, boom!

6th January 2016

Ignore the bad raps

There's plenty of talk about the past batches being better or perfect and these newer batches falling short. But what we seem to forget is that our pallets change, get familiar and have glossy memories. Those who experienced earlier batches inevitably have good memories of them because it was "new" and "never been done like this before". Now they've become familiar and bored, looking for that feeling you get when something new hits your mouth and blows your mind.
Batch 51 is still very good, and for someone new to the Abunadh, its amazing. It is STILL "Christmas is a glass".

10th November 2015

Forget about the 40's&50's

These 50's of A'Bunadh are not par. Good lord, I sound like an old man but I cherish the old 30's batches especially batch 35 and I'm only 37yo! Aberlour in general is just not what it used to be. I remember my go to was Aberlour 10 @43%, and when my mates and I went "all in" we would splurge for the A'Bunadh. Now it's a shadow of it's former self. I miss you old school Aberlour.

10th November 2015

the mymic

I disagree with the below comment. I think it's better than batch 44, but not as good as batch 47. Better than batch 50 no doubt. its sweet, it's rich, its chocolate coated raisins dipped in brandy. it's great!

16th September 2015

possibly step in a better direction...But.....slipping.....

While an improvement in the fairly disastrous batch #50- especially if you leave it 10 mins with a fairly large splash of (soft) water, this confirms my earlier concerns that they are either ''running out of the good stuff'' or using higher proportions of younger spirit-and inferior woods- to try and maintain volume sales. There's a good bit of flavour but nothing like the subtleties of the batches through the 40s which seems much diminished....... maybe they are just trying to keep the selling point below £40......in either case I am a bit disappointed in what seems to be becoming a trend......downward.

30th August 2015

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