I have tasted quite a few batches of Aberlour A’bunadh. The first one I tasted was from 1998 – although I did not like whisky at the time 😉 The Ladies tasted a couple of batches before Christmas – batch 26, 50 and 54.
A’bunadh is part of the core range from Aberlour Distillery. This is what they say about the whisky:
Meaning ‘the original’ in Gaelic, A’bunadh is made in homage to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming. A’bunadh is a whisky hand-made from start to finish with each batch being created to ensure a rich and complex flavour of moist raisin, and homemade fruit cake. It is bottled at cask strength resulting in a robust and deeply intense, Sherried whisky.
I have tasted batch 58. This one is bottled at 61,1 ABV. The one available in Norway now, is batch 62 bottled at 59,9 ABV.
Warm sherry notes on the nose. Rich plums, raisins, dates and figs. It gets a little freshness from peaches and basil. Woody and earthy. Leaves in the forest. I could nose this one for a long time. Very rich on the palate. Plums, peaches and prunes. Lots of spices, like white pepper and cardamom. Dark chocolate. The finish is lingering with chocolate, dried fruits and spices. A bit dry, but in a good way.
My score: nose 23 / taste 23 / finish 22 / balance 23 = 91