Aberlour A'Bunadh: A Review

Aberlour A'Bunadh

Aberlour A'Bunadh Batch No. 50. Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, 59.6% ABV

Price per 750mL in Cleveland, OH, USA: $66

  • Color: Deep wood, cherrywood-like, reddish hue to it
  • Nose: Lots of fruit, plum, peach and cherries, raisins, wood stain, port, sherry, honey, hot sticky jam (5/5)
  • Palate: Lots of sherry, also fruit, cherries, and alcohol, it's very strong Maple syrup, honey again, nutmeg, allspice (45/75)
  • Palate w/Water: Still a lot of sherry, but a lot of sweet notes come out, more maple syrup, rose hips, hibiscus, and the plum from the nose comes back (60/75)
  • Finish: Port wine, gingerbread, fresh-cut mahogany wood, pepper, cayenne, maybe sage? Some herbs. It stays with you a while, even between sips of water (9/10)
  • Mouthfeel: Thick, very thick. Leaves a strong coating around the palate (4/5)
  • Value: It's very good with a little water added to cut its strength down, so at least I get more mileage from it (4/5)

Total Score: 82/1000

I love sipping on this scotch in while cooking or as a start to my evening. It's strong and goes well with a splash of water or a single ice cube. I'm curious how other batches of A'Bunadh compare to batch 50.

Published: 3/14/2016 9:59 PM in Whiskey

Article by: Noah Wood