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Aberlour A'bunadh Cask Strength Speyside Scotch

About Aberlour A'bunadh

Ever take part in planting a time capsule? Well, the workers at the Aberlour Distillery wanted to leave a sample of their whisky for a future generation to find. So while replacing a pot still, the discovery of the bottle occured, wrapped in an 1898 newspaper  A'bunadh (pronounced "AH-boon-ah") means the origin and this whisky is an attempt to take things back to the roots - the roots that were tasted in that bottle from the late 19th century.

This is from Batch 68, purchased in 2021.

Details

  • Origin: Aberlour Distillery (Scotland-Speyside)
  • Type: Single Malt
  • Times Distilled: Double
  • Barrels: First Fill Oloroso Sherry Butts
  • Finish: None
  • ABV: 61.5%
  • Age: NAS
  • Color: +1 Natural
  • Chill-Filtered: No
  • Price Range: $99

Tasting Notes / Experience

Legs: Thin, Medium, Thick

On the Nose (Scents & Experience):

  • Oak
  • Fig or plum
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Rhubarb
  • Citrus

Mouthfeel:  Medium

On the Palate (Flavors & Experience):

  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins
  • Figs
  • Tannins

The Finish (Flavors & Experience):

  • Cinnamon
  • Sherry notes
  • Pepper
  • Oak
  • Length: Long

Overall Impression

The nose is toasty and filled with oak, cinnamon, and dark fruits. On the palate, the baking spices dance with the fig and raisins. It doesn't take long for the heat to make itself present, in the form of black pepper. Take it too fast and you might feel some overheating in your chest. The finish is long and continues on with the pepper and dark fruit notes. A few drops of water might do the trick if this overwhelms at all.

In a Word: 

Sherry

How to Pronounce Aberlour