Review #174. Aberlour ABunadh Batch 45

Whiskey Network Review #174 | /r/Scotch Review #72: Aberlour A’Bunadh, Batch 45


Distiller: Aberlour

Bottler: Aberlour

ABV: 60.2% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample


Nose: Thick and heavily laden. Fudge. Caramel. Raisins. Figs. Raisins. Dates. Strawberries and Butterscotch. Sweet, deep and fruity.

Taste: Sweet but hot, even with a little more time in the Glencairn (15 minutes is my usual resting period). There’s sherry for sure – figs and dates and raisins. There’s thick fudge and cherries. Dark chocolate and more caramel rise. It’s delicious, intense and fruity.

Finish: Long and slightly punishing but for 120+pf, it’s really not unexpected. Punchy and thick, it’s really deep and complex. Massive fudge and sherry with little spice or clove.

Overall: Everyone makes a big deal about age statements (myself included) but this expression from Aberlour really reminds me that age isn’t everything. Aberlour consistently shines with the A’Bunadh. It’s a favorite of mine. With all of this said, I score the Aberlour A’Bunadh Batch 45 a 7: well above average. In scotchland the herd is much thinner here – the A’Bunadh sits majestically among other favorites like GlenDronach CS, Compass Box’s This is Not a Luxury Whiskey, Springbank 12 Cask Strength and GlenDronach 12 (2013 Bottling). Thanks for reading!

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Rank: 7


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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