Scotch Whisky Review #198: Aberlour A’bunadh (Batch 64)
ABV: 59.9% Cask Strength
Cask Type: Sherry
Color: 1.4, Tawny. Non-Chill Filtered.
Nose: (according to the wife) It smells strongly of new markers. There’s a lot of sherry as well with note of aged oak, some brown sugar, and a touch of lychee.
Palate: Oh it’s a sherry bomb alright. Sherry permeates throughout the moment it touches the tongue with a touch of aged oak. The lychee note from the nose continues to show itself as well. Some ground pepper also makes and appearance. A tiny bit of water cools this down tremendously. It becomes quite creamy with a bit of water as well. Vanilla comes out to express itself as does butterscotch. It’s almost like a butterbeer at this point.
Finish: Before water is added, it’s on the shorter side with a very dry finish. With a bit of water, the finish lingers much longer. Vanilla, cinnamon dust, orange bitters, and a bit of tannins pop up.
Conclusion: While Aberlour’s A’bunadh line can very heavily from batch to batch, I’ve heard nothing but great things about Batch #64 so I was very happy to find this on the shelf. It absolutely does not disappoint. The new marker smell is a bit strange but I imagine it’ll dissipate as this has more time to oxidize (review was from the first pour from the bottle). The full on sherry was fantastic with that bit of lychee and pepper keeping it interesting. The butterbeer notes that come out with a bit of water are delicious and kept me going back for more. Would I buy another bottle? I’m very tempted.
Final Score: 86.
Scotch Whisky Review #198, Speyside Review #84, Whisky Network Review #276
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.