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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 52

(70cl, 60.5%)

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 52

Aberlour A'Bunadh #52 Bottling Note

If 52 is your lucky number and you love super Sherried whiskies, this will be just the thing for you - the 52nd batch of Aberlour's amazing A'Bunadh single malt Scotch whisky. Bottled at cask strength (this time it's sitting at 60.5% ABV) and without chill-filtration, these expressions make for great after-dinner tipples.

View all batches of A'bunadh here.

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Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch 52 Reviews

A Bit Different Approach

I've been into the A'bunadh since the teen batches. Though I'll drink other scotches if offered, The A'bunadh is the only Speyside that I buy for myself.

For my tastes, the 52 is the best A'bunadh in my failing memory. It is an intensely dark amber -- nearly ruby in sunlight; easily one of the most beautiful drams I've seen.

One of the exceptional characteristics of the 52 is that its intensity and concentration of flavor completely overcomes its cask strength in both its nose a palate -- so much so in fact that it is evident undiluted. But add a drop -- a ml of spring water -- and it unfolds into a panorama of sweet, aromatic complexity.

Beyond the single drop, I do not dilute further -- though I so for for nearly every other cask strength. The concentration, mouthfeel, and chewiness at full strength is simply to entrancing to give up.

This is the first and last review of the 52 I'll post. Don't bother looking for it in the central U.S. -- I'm buying every bottle the distributor can find.

6th September 2016

A fine dram indeed

Just cracked open a bottle of this fine dram that was gifted to me at Christmas. I have to say it brings back great memories. This stuff is packed with depth and aroma. I have yet to be disappointed by the A'Bunadh series. Can't believe it isn't more expensive!

1st April 2016


I have both the 45 and this 52 and I'd say this is very close to the 45. Which means it's simply fantastic. To me, the flavor profile is somewhat similar to a super-charged Macallan 12 once you bring the ABV down to the mid 40's. At 50+ ABV, you are tasting some strange alternate reality sherry-bomb of almost (operative word almost) to much sherry influence mixed with a nuclear malt.

This is not the hyper-complex Glendronach 15 or the Chistmas cake tasty Glendronach 12. It's younger and more raw than any Macallan I've had. It's truly odd (especially how it morphs with water), wonderful and unique and if you love full sherry matured scotch, this needs to be in your cabinet (along with everything else I compared it to).

23rd January 2016

Another classic A'Bunadh batch

I've always been impressed with Aberlour's whiskys, and over the years I have come to find that their A'Bunadh range is one the best whiskies, not only in their range, but in the entire market.
This batch is exceptional, and my only advice to you would be to add a little water to really open up the flavours. This whisky presents exceptional value for money, especially at the cast strength of 60%, adding water makes it go even further. 5* all round for this classic!

26th November 2015

A real gem from Aberlour

I tried Aberlour 10 a number of years ago and was really disappointed. That lead me to avoid Aberlour going forward. Big mistake! This is an absolute must try for any whisky fan. Bold brute of a scotch. It's really interesting on how it evolves with the inclusion of water and you'll have a great time tasting the difference between one teaspoon right through to 7 teaspoons. Yes, that's right! It takes a lot of water. Excellent stuff. 5 stars as it's quite possibly the best value for money whisky you are going to find anywhere on the market. Slàinte

Rob, Somerset

20th November 2015

A'Bunadh newbie...

I had my introduction to to the A'Bunadh recently on Batch 51 but I much prefer this. I've since bought a bottle of the Batch 48, but still feel that the 52 is the best of the ones I have tried so far. Fantastic flavour

18th November 2015

A return to form!

Having finished a fantastic batch 45, 47 and an iffy batch 50, I have to say that this batch is a full return to the glory days of the batch 40s. I did manage to taste a batch 51, which was an improvement over batch 50, but this is full return to form I had been hoping for. I think I will stock up whilst I have the chance!
I would recommend watering it down to around 40% ABV, give it 5-10 minutes in the glass and sit back and enjoy - the whisky will do all the talking.

Oh and take the previous 'review' with a pinch of salt, the same 'review' has been posted on other whisky sites and for other batches too.

12th November 2015 real recovery....

Still early days, but one had a sneaking suspicion they're hoping to wear us down with 'familiarity breeds indifference.....For me they have yet to repeat the glories of the 40s.....While an improvement on the batch #50 disaster. I don't notice much improvement on #51...Still too much young spirit and indifferent woods, though would suggest that the 50% dilution ( to around 30%ABV) necessary to really enjoy this may be a distinct hint that these are now being designed for the French Market ....whereas Scots often prefer 43-46% -or even neat! Trouble is it has lost that palatability it had in earlier, previous versions at higher concentrations....Shame ......

24th October 2015

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