Okay. Let me back up and tell you about the whisky, and why it is a new favorite of mine.
Located in the Speyside region of Scotland, Aberlour Distillery has been making whisky since 1879. Their stills are onion shaped, which produce a dense spirit. Aberlour’s core lineup includes a 12yo, 16yo, 18yo, and this cask strength A’Bunadh. The latter, and subject of this review, is bottled at cask strength and is non-chill filtered. Batch 54 comes in at a hearty 60.7% abv. A’Bunadh spends it’s entire life maturing in Oloroso sherry casks. In other words, a cask strength sherry bomb! Let’s dive into specifics.
The nose features a slightly waxy character, with hints of dry sherry, raisins, nuts, citrus and some ginger. On the palate, a splash of water really opens this whisky up. It’s dominated by notes of dried fruit, cocoa, dark toffee and oak spice. A touch of orange peel shows up faintly, and oak tannins appear on the back of the palate. The long finish features spiced fruit cake and bittersweet dark chocolate.
What a rich, decadent whisky! A’Bunadh is the only Aberlour whisky that matures exclusively in sherry casks. All others spend some time in ex-bourbon casks. That really sets this bottling apart. As this whisky is batched, each release will be slightly different. Just makes me want to try subsequent batches. 8.5/10
Thanks to Aberlour for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.