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Aberlour A'Bunadh is a regularly released sherry monster from Aberlour, released at cask strength without any coloring or filtering.
Thick and heavily laden. Fudge. Caramel. Raisins. Figs. Raisins. Dates. Strawberries and Butterscotch. Sweet, deep and fruity.
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.
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.
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. Its 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, This is Not a Luxury Whiskey, Springbank 12 Cask Strength and GlenDronach 12 (2013 Bottling). Thanks for reading!