Whisky Review 2. Aberlour A’BUNAHD – Batch 49


aberlour distillery 2Aberlour
is from the Scotish Gaelic (Obar Lobhair) which is at the “confluence” of the Spey and Lour Rivers in Aberlour, Strathspey, Scotland. A’BUNADH means: ‘The Origin’ in homage to founder James Fleming. The distillery was founded in 1826. The current owner is Pernod Ricard.

Viscosity: Medium plus one

Color: no bottle statement

Class: Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Non-chill filtered

Cask strength 60.1% ABV or 120.2% Proof

Aged in Spanish Oak Oloroso sherry butts

Nose:

Blue Spruce Pine, lemon/lime glazed donut, fresh cut grass, over ripened apples that have been sitting in the grass, frozen peas, orange spice, yellow raisins, stone ground mustard seeds, vanilla bean, almond, cedar wood closet, cannoli, sage, red peppercorns, slight maraschino cherry, hint of Jacques Torres dark chocolate

Taste:

Rum raisin cake, shortbread, cream sherry, vanilla, peat but no smoke, lemon-lime citrons, almond paste, confectionary sugar without the extra sugar after taste, spearmint, hint of sea salt

Finish:

golden honey, Berio golden olive oil, sweet peat, waxed candy bottles, honeydew melon, slight sushi seaweed

Conclusion:

I recommend adding 2-3 teaspoons of chilled water to each dram, to knock down some of the alcohol. Let the dram sit for a few minutes, covered, to release all of the secondary and tertiary notes.


 If you liked the Glendronach 15 Year Revival, then you’ll relish this even more. The A’Bunadh is the Nectar of the Gods!

At around $80 per bottle, this is an excellent value.

*Disclaimer: Circle and Spear has no affiliation with Aberlour and has not received any free sample prior to this review.

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